Bullpen Report: July 23, 2015

On a relatively slow night from a bullpen perspective, it’s probably important to note that the RotoGraphs team dropped our midseason reliever rankings this afternoon on the site. You can see the entire list here, which includes a surprising Fernando Rodney ranking from our friend Paul Sporer.

Despite giving up a free pass and an earned run in the top of the ninth, Trevor Rosenthal secured the three outs necessary to earn his 30th save of the season and the 4-3 victory for the Cardinals over the Royals. Although Rosenthal is now tied for the league lead in saves, he’s surrendered six earned runs in his last six trips to the bump. The 25-year-old’s ERA now sits at 1.75 on the year with a 2.18 FIP and a 3.16 xFIP. The velocity on each of Rosenthal’s offerings seems to be in line with previous years’ results, but he’s not inducing as many whiffs with the changeup (14.75% whiff rate) compared to the 20%+ whiff rate he flashed in each of his three previous seasons.

Rosenthal has appeared in each of the last three days and could be in line for a night off on Friday if the Red Birds find themselves in a save situation against the Braves. Seth Maness and Randy Choate each took the hill on Thursday as well, but one would assume they’d still be available if necessary tomorrow. Kevin Siegrist could get the nod if need be.

Glen Perkins retired Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar in order on 14 pitches to notch his 29th save for the Twinkies this evening. The southpaw is now 29-of-30 on the season in save chances with a 1.37 ERA (2.23 FIP). Entering tonight, Perkins owned a 0.86 WHIP paired with a 21.6% K-BB%. Although his strikeouts are down a bit compared to recent years, his K-BB% remains somewhat stable thanks to the dip in walks allowed as well. In today’s rankings update, Perkins came in as the 12th best reliever the rest of the way, but I’m already having second thoughts about the ranking I provided for him (14). He should be a few ticks higher.

Quick Hitters: Steve Cishek’s name continues to surface in trade rumors as the deadline approaches. The Dodgers, Cardinals, Twins and Blue Jays appear to be suitors for the former Marlins’ ninth-inning man. Tom Wilhelmsen earned his first save of the year during the Mariners win during extras in Detroit. Mark Lowe, Carson Smith and Fernando Rodney had each appeared prior to Wilhelmsen getting the call. New friend, Bo Schultz, picked up his first career save on two pitches while finishing off the Athletics for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s win. The save appearance for Schultz is likely due to the fact that both Roberto Osuna (32 pitches) and Brett Cecil (27 pitches) were on the heels of rather lengthy outings on Wednesday.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson David Hernandez Addison Reed
Atlanta Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino David Aardsma Jason Grilli
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Alexi Ogando
CHI (NL) Jason Motte Hector Rondon Rafael Soriano
CHI (AL) David Robertson Jacob Petricka Zach Putnam
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Ryan Mattheus
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Zach McAllister
Colorado John Axford LaTroy Hawkins Boone Logan
Detroit Joakim Soria Al Albuerquerque Neftali Feliz Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Pat Neshek Chad Qualls
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Fernando Salas
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Juan Nicasio Yimi Garcia
Miami A.J. Ramos Carter Capps Steve Cishek
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Blaine Boyer Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Bobby Parnell Carlos Torres
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Justin Wilson
Oakland Tyler Clippard Edward Mujica Drew Pomeranz Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Luis Garcia
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Jared Hughes
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Seth Maness Jordan Walden
SD Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Brendan Maurer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Carson Smith Fernando Rodney Mark Lowe
TB Brad Boxberger Jake McGee Kevin Jepsen
Texas Shawn Tolleson Tanner Scheppers Keone Kela
Toronto Roberto Osuna Steve Delabar Brett Cecil Miguel Castro
Wash. Drew Storen Casey Janssen Aaron Barrett

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

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With the Kazmir trade, whom takes Pomeranz spot now that Drew is going back to the rotation? If they move Clippard i guess its Mujica’s job based on experience?