Bullpen Report: Friday, May 8, 2015

Well, it looks like the clouds have lifted on the unsettled closer situation in the Bronx. Joe Girardi finally named Andrew Miller as the official closer of the New York Yankees. This was in the wake of the two-headed Yankee bullpen monster shutting down the Orioles. Dellin Betances came in and retired four Orioles before handing the ball over to Miller in the ninth. Unconfirmed reports have Girardi telling Miller before the game that he could be the official closer if he can go a whole inning without throwing a ball. Miller obliged. He did get a couple of chases out of the zone with the fastball. They aren’t really missing David Robertson. If you want to see pure domination, go back and watch pretty much any Betances or Miller appearance this year.

Phillies fans were very nostalgic last night, watching Cole Hamels own the Mets for seven innings and then getting in their cars after Jonathan Papelbon struck out two during a 22-pitch ninth inning for his sixth save. Ken Giles pitched a perfect eighth, and he’ll be the closer once the Phillies find a suitor for Papelbon. There’s no way that Ruben Amaro holds on to him for way too long or just isn’t able to find someone to take him off his hands, right? No way the Phillies get zero return for him, right?

Matt Belisle and Seth Maness are getting used to their new roles handing the ball to Trevor Rosenthal to close out Cardinal victories in the aftermath of the Jordan Walden shoulder injury. They each gave up a run in their inning to ensure that Rosenthal had a save opportunity. He took full advantage of their generosity and garnered his eleventh save of the season. Not too many of you have Belisle or Maness, so they won’t have a huge bearing on many fantasy leagues directly, but if they struggle in their new roles, it could reduce the number of save opportunities that filter down to Rosenthal.

Yes, Yohan Pino gave up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to the Tigers. Yes, Greg Holland and Luke Hochevar were both still in the bullpen. Yes, it was a tie game on the road and why bring in your closer? Yes, both Hochevar and Holland pitched Thursday in their first games back from injury, so maybe Ned Yost decided discretion was the better part of valor and hoped a lefty wouldn’t give up a double to Anthony Gose and then throw a bunt away to end the game.

Of Note: Steve Delabar struck out two in his second scoreless inning since his recall from AAA. He’s trying to work his way into the Jays late inning picture, and there’s no reason to think that he can’t. Hector Rondon warmed up planning to come in to protect a two-run lead in the ninth in Milwaukee, but the Cubs scored two in their half of the ninth, causing Rondon to walk two, give up three hits and three earned. His velo was in line, but he was all over the place. He only generated a pair of whiffs on his 31 offerings. Fastball command was the culprit Friday, as he only threw seven of his sixteen four-seamers for strikes. Craig Kimbrel earned his ninth save with a clean inning during a game against the Diamondbacks. It was the ninth inning. After last night, the Angels decided to stick with their starter with a two-run ninth inning lead instead of turning to the bullpen. It worked! It worked because Jared Weaver is made of magic. Expect the Angels to eschew the bullpen entirely in close games for the near future. Luke Gregerson is on the family emergency list for the Astros, Chad Qualls will get any save opportunities in his absence. The Indians signed Carlos Marmol to a minor league contract. He’s currently available in 100% of all leagues everywhere.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Evan Marshall
Atlanta Jason Grilli Jim Johnson Cody Martin
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Alexi Ogando Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Jason Motte
CHI (AL) David Robertson Jacob Petricka Zach Duke
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jumbo Diaz Tony Cingrani Sean Marshall
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Scott Atchison
Colorado John Axford Rafael Betancourt Boone Logan Adam Ottavino
Detroit Joakim Soria Al Alburquerque Joba Chamberlain Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Chad Qualls Pat Neshek
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Vinnie Pestano
LAD Yimi Garcia Chris Hatcher Pedro Baez Kenley Jansen
Miami Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jonathan Broxton Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Brian Duensing Blaine Boyer Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Carlos Torres Buddy Carlyle Jenrry Mejia
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Chris Martin
Oakland Tyler Clippard Evan Scribner Dan Otero Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Luis Garcia
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Arquimedes Caminero
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Seth Maness Matt Belisle Jordan Walden
SD Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Dale Thayer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Carson Smith
TB Brad Boxberger Kevin Jepsen Ernesto Frieri Jake McGee
Texas Neftali Feliz Keone Kela Shawn Tolleson Tanner Scheppers
Toronto Brett Cecil Roberto Osuna Steve Delabar Miguel Castro
Wash. Drew Storen Aaron Barrett Blake Treinen Casey Janssen

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

Darren contributes to RotoGraphs when he isn’t watching the Braves or shoveling snow. Follow him on Twitter @shinesie.

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thanks for this. Of course, over the marathon season, anything can change in the closer department.

I am surprised not to see Roark on the potential closers’ list, considering he did net one save in his only opportunity.