Bullpen Report: June 1, 2015

Hoping you all had a nice Monday, enjoying my birthday. Here are a few quick updates from the weekend before we get into tonight’s action:

• Since being removed from the closer’s role, Addison Reed has made a few adjustments, leading to increased velocity on his slider. He’s put up zeroes in his last four appearances and he might be inching his way back into saves in Arizona.  Brad Ziegler has been a little shaky of late, and while he’s still closing in Arizona at the moment, it might not be long before a change is made as Chip Hale hinted at using Reed in the ninth again. This situation has now been upgraded to Code Red.

Santiago Casilla had a night to forget last night, blowing his third blown save of the season after allowing four runs in the ninth inning. Casilla has rewarded fantasy owners with an impressive 15 saves and four wins, but his 4.48 FIP/4.12 xFIP is less than impressive. There has been no chatter about a change in SF but ex-closer Sergio Romo has been the better pitcher this year with a 3.63/1.81/2.05 ERA/FIP/xFIP line and 25/5 K/BB in 17.1 innings. I would grab Romo if he’s available as a speculative pick up, he shouldn’t hurt your team and could be a second half saves sleeper. Stay tuned.

Sean Doolittle’s return did not last long as he was placed back on the DL with a shoulder strain. The A’s situation was iffy before with Doolittle working himself back into possible save situations, but now that he’s gone it’s Clippard’s job again and that job is lush with green on the closer’s grid.

• No save situation in the Cubs game tonight, but Travis Wood threw a scoreless ninth, allowing one walk while striking out two. Wood has been decent since leaving the Cubs rotation, throwing four innings with a 6/4 K/BB in five appearances. It’s noting particularly impressive but the Cubs bullpen isn’t all that impressive either. While I doubt Wood will be a fixture for any vulture saves in Chicago,  he could cement himself as a later inning bullpen piece and a holds sleeper.

Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save on the year. Gregerson had a few blips in mid-to-late May but he’s thrown three consecutive scoreless innings with six strikeouts and looks to be back on track. Will Harris received the win for Houston throwing 1.2 scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings lowering his ERA to 0.35. Harris was shadily solid last year in Arizona and the Astros were smart to select him off of waivers as he’s been an incredible asset in there bullpen. Harris won’t maintain a .100 BABIP all year but he had solid peripherals last year and this season he’s killing tons of worms with a 54.9 GB%.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Addison Reed Daniel Hudson Enrique Burgos
Atlanta Jason Grilli Jim Johnson Luis Avilan
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 Zach McAllister
Colorado John Axford Rafael Betancourt Boone Logan Adam Ottavino
Detroit Joakim Soria Joba Chamberlain Angel Nesbitt Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Chad Qualls Pat Neshek
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Fernando Salas
LAD Kenley Jansen Yimi Garcia Chris Hatcher Pedro Baez
Miami A.J. Ramos Bryan Morris Carter Capps Steve Cishek
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Blaine Boyer Brian Duensing Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Carlos Torres Sean Gilmartin Jenrry Mejia
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Justin Wilson 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 Carson Smith Tom Wilhelmsen Danny Farquhar
TB Brad Boxberger Jake McGee Kevin Jepsen
Texas Shawn Tolleson Keone Kela Ross Ohlendorf Neftali Feliz
Toronto Brett Cecil Roberto Osuna Steve Delabar Miguel Castro
Wash. Drew Storen Aaron Barrett Casey Janssen Casey Janssen

[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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Tolleson looks pretty safe to me right now, too. I think he might even have some leash by now. Casilla should be yellow; his challenger is a big contract experienced closer, not some fireballing rookie.