Bullpen Report: August 7, 2016

Ah, the beauty of the Holds statistic. Up by 3, Jeremy Jeffress gave up two runs in the 8th and then Sam Dyson blew his third save of the season giving up a run in the 9th. Jeffress earns a hold (3) and Dyson is stuck with the blown save. I know I’m probably preaching to the choir, but this is one of those glaring statistical injustices it would seem. Either way, the Rangers would come back and win the game as Matt Bush pitched two scoreless innings for the W (5). I guess the real bullpen story of this game falls on the Houston side as Will Harris’ struggles continue after walking a batter and hitting the next. After a stolen base and a fielder’s choice leaving runner’s on second and third, Ken Giles came in and gave up a double to score two runs on Harris’ docket. That’s when things got interesting for Giles who would allow 3 more baserunners over 1.2 innings, while striking out six Rangers. Yes, I know that doesn’t seem to make mathematical sense, but Giles managed to strike out Nomar Mazara on a wild pitch after allowing a Mitch Moreland double. He would then hit Ryan Rua to load the bases. Then Giles settled down and struck out the side.

A few commenters have called for Edubray Ramos to make an appearance on the grid, and now he is finally on. The Phillies used him in the 7th today and it appears they are showcasing him in an attempt to possibly trade him this winter. He struggled a bit today walking the first two batters, but then managed to get the ever-common 5-4-3 triple play to escape the jam. He has an excellent K rate (28.8%) and BB rate (5.5%), which has carried over from his minor league performances. The 23-year old has a 3.20 ERA (2.57 FIP), averages 94.9 on his fastball to go along with a slider he throws 39% of the time. With that triple play today, he earned his 9th hold of the season.

I don’t know what it is going on with Miami. After earning the save on Friday and not pitching on Saturday, Don Mattingly elected not to use A.J. Ramos with a 3-run lead in Colorado in the 9th. Instead, he called on Fernando Rodney who had a rough outing on Friday giving up three runs in a third of an inning. Well, it worked anyway as Rodney pitched a clean inning for the save (18). I know Ramos had an epic meltdown last Wednesday, but it seems odd to use him Friday for the save and then not use him Sunday. I have not heard why he didn’t pitch and it could be an issue of rest. Don’t think there is a reason to be concerned since no stories are breaking, so we’ll leave it on green for now.

Quick Hits: Edwin Diaz was unavailable today, so Tom Wilhelmsen was called on in the 9th after James Paxton was hit on the elbow with a line drive, and earned the save (1). Francisco Rodriguez was brought into a tie game in the 9th after pitching two straight games, and gave up a two-run homer to Neil Walker. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the last 3 innings in the Orioles blowout for his first save. Jeurys Familia (39), Aroldis Chapman (23), Jeanmar Gomez (29), Mark Melancon (31), Kenley Jansen (34), Jim Johnson (8), and Brandon Kintzler (9) all earned saves today.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Jake Barrett Randall Delgado Daniel Hudson
Atlanta Jim Johnson Mauricio Cabrera Chris Withrow Arodys Vizcaino
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Brad Brach
Boston Craig Kimbrel Brad Ziegler Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Aroldis Chapman Hector Rondon Pedro Strop
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Matt Albers
Cincy Tony Cingrani Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen
Cleveland Andrew Miller Cody Allen Bryan Shaw
Colorado Carlos Estevez Adam Ottavino Jake McGee
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Shane Greene
Houston Ken Giles Will Harris Michael Feliz Luke Gregerson
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Peter Moylan Wade Davis
LAA Cam Bedrosian Fernando Salas JC Ramirez Huston Street
LAD Kenley Jansen Joe Blanton Pedro Baez Adam Liberatore
Miami A.J. Ramos Fernando Rodney Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Tyler Thornburg Corey Knebel Carlos Torres
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Trevor May Ryan Pressly Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles Jim Henderson
NY (AL) Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard Adam Warren
Oakland Ryan Madson John Axford Ryan Dull Sean Doolittle
Philly Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris Edubray Ramos
Pittsburgh Tony Watson Neftali Feliz Felipe Rivero
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh Kevin Siegrist Jonathan Broxton
SD Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter Brad Hand Kevin Quackenbush
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Edwin Diaz Tom Wilhelmsen Drew Storen Steve Cishek
TB Alex Colome Brad Boxberger Xavier Cedeno
Texas Sam Dyson Jeremy Jeffress Jake Diekman
Toronto Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli Joaquin Benoit
Wash. Mark Melancon Shawn Kelley Jonathan Papelbon

[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]

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7 years ago

I think Jim Johnson is pretty safe. If they let one of their rookies close, they will experience large arbitration awards that just inflate their salary beyond their value. Ironically, this was the fate which befell Jihnson himself. But now he is past arbitration, and I doubt anyone is going to give him $10 M to close again.

Anyway, he’s been steady for a few weeks now.

7 years ago
Reply to  BMac

I think the yellow is due to Vizcaino’s inevitable return, Although JJ has been solid, AV is clearly the favorite for 2017 or as trade bait.

7 years ago
Reply to  francis_soyer

That’s a fair observation. But the MASH report has him out for another month
: http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/mash-report-72616/

Once we get into September, there is no place for him to rehab. Plus the Braves have no motivation to help him pile up more saves.

But that could explain the yellow.

7 years ago
Reply to  BMac

But that MASH report was written around two weeks ago. The latest on him is:


If he threw a bullpen session 3 days ago, he could be back in a week or so.

7 years ago
Reply to  KobraCola