Bullpen Report: July 7, 2014

Jenrry Mejia entered tonight’s game in the eighth inning for a four out save, and although he got four outs he also blew the one-run lead allowing a run and five baserunners. Before tonight’s outing Mejia had six consecutive scoreless appearances stretching over 6.2 innings. Mejia had a bumpy road in early June but has looked good of late and his job is still relatively secure.

• There wasn’t a save situation for the White Sox tonight but up four runs Javy Guerra threw 1.1 scoreless innings with Zach Putnam pitching a perfect ninth. Jacob Petricka received the save six-out save last night and while no permanent decision has been made on a closer, I’m going to flip Putnam and Petricka on the grid.

• In fifth grade, way back in 1996 I remember watching a Yankee game where Mariano Rivera, en route to arguably his best season, recorded the first save of his career. Fast forward a Bar-Mitzvah, college and a few jobs and another young Yankee reliever recorded his first save in the middle of a dominant and all-star worthy season as Dellin Betances got the final six outs for the Yankees this evening. Although he’s (gasp) allowed a few runs in June, Betances supports a 1.37 FIP and 1.88 xFIP, racking up 79 strikeouts against 16 walks in 52.1 innings pitched. His ability to pitch multiple innings and miss multiple bats has made him the most valuable non-closing reliever in fantasy baseball.

Trevor Rosenthal’s last two appearances (1.1 innings, 4 earned runs, six baserunners) have not been ideal but he’s still keeping his job. Rosie might receive some rest but there is no changing of the guard here. Although Rosenthal hasn’t been as dominant as he was in a setup role last year, he was pitching particularly well before his recent flare up. If Rosenthal needs some rest during a save opportunity, expect Pat Neshek to get the nod.

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) Jacob Petricka Zach Putnam 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 Antonio Bastardo Ken Giles 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.]

When he's not focusing on every team's bullpen situation, Ben can be found blogging at Ben's Baseball Bias and on Twitter @BensBias

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Giles threw 1.1 innings tonight in a one run game while Bastardo didnt pitch