Bullpen Report: July 12, 2014

Some quick notes from today’s bullpen action:

-The Reds ran Aroldis Chapman to the mound on each of the four previous days, leaving Jonathan Broxton to man the ninth-inning in a save situation with a one-run lead. Broxton surrendered a leadoff longball to All-World Andrew McCutchen, his second of the game, resulting in the right-hander’s fourth blown save on the season. He is now 6-of-10 in save chances and his ERA sits at 1.19, which is still far off from what his xFIP (4.30) suggests he should be posting. More rough outings could be on the horizon for the Reds’ set-up man. Broxton remains to be an emergency only reliever to own, with the exception of hold leagues, deep standard leagues and daily leagues when streaming.

-Consistent inconsistency from the arm of Addison Reed resulted in the Bullpen Report team recently shifting Arizona’s volatility status to yellow. And despite this inconsistency, Reed was summoned back to the hill in the ninth-inning again this evening by the skipper. Facing the meat of the order, Reed retired a trio of Giants — Buster Posey, Michael Morse and Brandon Belt — in order to clinch the 2-0 victory for the Diamondbacks and the righty’s 21st save of the season. Reed’s been a victim of the longball this year and his 4.30 ERA still seems to be a bit inflated thanks in part to HR/FB% that’s approaching 20% (Career 10.3% HR/FB%). The closer’s 3.35 xFIP suggests that his 4.30 ERA will make some positive regression in the days ahead. Brad Ziegler should remain on the radar for those in deeper leagues who could grab a look in the ninth should Reed’s inconsistency become too much for Gibson to tolerate.

Joe Smith fanned two in a clean inning of work this evening to seal his 14th save of the season. Smith has now fanned two or more batters in 13 of his 43 trips to the bump and owns a 2.38 ERA (2.84 FIP). And although the Angels recently acquired Jason Grilli — who’s been pitching fairly well since moving West — it appears as if Smith could be going green here quite soon.

Quick Hits: Jenrry Mejia fanned one en route to his tenth save of the season. The Metropolitans’ closer is now 10-of-12 in save opportunities on the season with a 3.98 ERA (3.94 FIP) and owned a 11.6% K-BB% entering tonight, meh. Jake Petricka dished a clean inning of work in a non-save situation tonight of the White Sox. Despite not working with a save on the line, Petricka may emerge as the leader of the committee based on tonight’s usage and the fact that Zach Putnam pitched in the sixth and gave up an earned run. Rafael Soriano struck out the side in the bottom half of the ninth to notch his 22nd save of the season. David Robertson struck out two in the bottom of the ninth to clean up his 23rd save chance on the year.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Oliver Perez
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden Shae Simmons
Baltimore Zach Britton Tommy Hunter Darren O’Day
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Andrew Miller
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Neil Ramirez Pedro Strop
CHI (AL) Zach Putnam Jacob Petricka Javy Guerra Matt Lindstrom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Broxton Sam LeCure Sean Marshall
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw John Axford
Colorado LaTroy Hawkins Adam Ottavino Rex Brothers
Detroit Joe Nathan Joba Chamberlain Al Alburquerque Joel Hanrahan
Houston Chad Qualls Tony Sipp Josh Fields
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Aaron Crow
LAA Joe Smith Jason Grilli Kevin Jepsen
LAD Kenley Jansen Chris Perez Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Will Smith Brandon Kintzler Jim Henderson
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jenrry Mejia Jeurys Familia Vic Black Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) David Robertson Dellin Betances Adam Warren
Oakland Sean Doolittle Luke Gregerson Dan Otero
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Jake Diekman Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Ernesto Frieri
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Pat Neshek Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Joaquin Benoit Alex Torres
SF Santiago Casilla Jeremy Affeldt Sergio Romo
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Dominic Leone
TB Jake McGee Grant Balfour Joel Peralta
Texas Joakim Soria Jason Frasor Neftali Feliz
Toronto Casey Janssen Sergio Santos Aaron Loup Brett Cecil
Wash. Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Drew Storen

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

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The PIT situation is now very interesting- did you miss the usage last night?

Also, a minor quibble, McCutcheon’s homer off Broxton was his first of the game.