No major moves this weekend, so this will be a shorter Bullpen Report, along with a few minor adjustments to the grid.
Steve Cishek was placed on the DL on Thursday, which doesn’t shake up the closer’s role, but does impact who is next in line in Seattle. Both Drew Storen and Tom Wilhelmsen are currently next in line despite having difficult seasons, and probably shouldn’t be owned as insurance. Outside of giving up a run against Boston, Edwin Diaz has looked fantastic as he is closed all four opportunities since being made closer. He has been dominant all season with a ridiculous 17.38 K/9 and 2.48 BB/9, to go with his 1.86 ERA (1.75 FIP). The bridge to Diaz is shaky right now, but could be getting sturdier as Nick Vincent is on a rehab assignment. Vincent struggled with the long ball giving up 1.73 per 9, but has seen a nice boost in his K rate (26.6%) and BB rate (6.1%) from last year. Expect Vincent to move immediately into the chart once he returns from his rehab assignment. The second line will still be wide open and something I’m staying away from.
Tony Watson only allowed one walk on Friday, but managed to blow his third save of the season as the Reds tied the Pirates up in the 9th. Watson managed to earn the win after Sean Rodriguez led off the bottom of the 9th with a home run. Watson would then bounce back on Saturday with a perfect 9th for his second save. Neftali Feliz also earned his 24th and 25th holds of the season, but did allow two baserunners in each outing.
Quick Hits: Andrew Miller earned his first save as an Indian on Saturday, giving him 10 for the season., which is obviously a good sign for Miller owners after Terry Francona brought Miller in for the 6th inning on Thursday. Carlos Estevez had 6 straight outings without allowing a run and saved five of those until he blew his 4th save of the season on Friday. Up by two runs, he managed to give up a total of 4 runs (3 while he was in) by allowing three hits and two walks (one intentional). Francisco Rodriguez earned two saves (31, 32) this weekend, but has made them quite interesting allowing a run in on Friday, and three hits on Saturday. Rodriguez was saved by a play at home on Saturday where Jay Bruce was thrown out. Kelvin Herrera bounced back on Saturday to earn his 4th save after giving up the winning home run to Devon Travis on Friday in a tie game. Sam Dyson earned the save (24), but not before giving up two singles and a run. He got Marwin Gonzalez to groundout to end the game. Joaquin Benoit tallied his first save of the season after Roberto Osuna was unavailable since he pitched two straight games, meaning Benoit has earned a spot on the chart. Kenley Jansen (33), Zach Britton (34), A.J. Ramos (32), Jeanmar Gomez (28), Seung Hwan Oh (9), and Alex Colome (27) all earned saves this weekend.
[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]