Bullpen Report: June 11, 2015

The latest out of the Bronx on Andrew Miller indicates that the southpaw could miss up to a month on the disabled list while recovering from a forearm strain. Miller will be shut down for about two weeks before starting a throwing program with the hopes of returning in about four weeks. Like we discussed yesterday, Dellin Betances jumps into ninth-inning action for the Yankees and we can probably have a fair discussion that he also jumps into the top spot in our reliever rankings until Miller returns from the shelf.


The Yankees also recalled right-hander Chris Martin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League. Coming back from tendinitis in his pitching elbow, Martin made four trips to the hill for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, dishing four frames with a 4.50 ERA (4.45 FIP) and a 28.6% K-BB%. Prior to the injury, Martin appeared in 15 games for the first-division Yankees, posted a 3.55 ERA (2.00 FIP) with one save, five holds and a 17.8% K-BB%. No need to consider Martin in traditional formats, but if you’re in a deeper holds or holds+saves league, he could be the last guy on your staff or streamer type. Martin is owned in 0% of Y! leagues at the time of this writing.

Jeurys Familia took to the bump in the top of the ninth at home in a tie game. Familia faced just one over the minimum — a two-out single off the bat of Andrew Susac — but retired the Giants without surrendering a run. And he was rewarded for his efforts with a win in the bottom of the ninth as the Metropolitans rallied courtesy of a sub-par performance from Sergio Romo, to beat San Francisco 5-4. The 25-year-old Familia is now 2-0, 17-for-18 in save opportunities, owns a 1.26 ERA (2.52 FIP) and a 10.05 K/9. Terry Collins noted today that Familia is “firmly entrenched” as the team’s closer even with the return of Bobby Parnell.

Kevin Jepsen got shelled in the seventh-inning today. He surrendered a walk and two singles before being yanked in favor of Brad Boxberger. Boxberger couldn’t get the Rays out the jam and was pulled following a two-run double off the bat of Mike Trout, leaving Jepsen on the hook for all three runs. Expect Boxberger to get the night off on Friday after two consecutive appearances on the heels of a triceps injury.

Quick Hitters: Zach Britton surrendered a single, but fanned one en route to his 17th save of the season. Putting together a pretty first-half, Britton is now 17-of-18 in save opportunities with a 1.75 ERA (1.51 FIP) and a career-best 11.57 K/9. In Wrigleyville today, Pedro Strop pitched a clean eighth-inning of work and Hector Rondon earned the call in the ninth in a save opportunity, although it should be noted that Jason Motte was warming as well. Rondon notched the save, his 11th on the year, while striking out one, despite allowing a two-out single. Since Saturday June 6th the Cubs have had three save chances. Strop, Motte and Rondon each have one. Joe Maddon is playing with our emotions right now. And…a couple of grid updates.

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 Junichi Tazawa Alexi Ogando
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Jason Motte Rafael Soriano
CHI (AL) David Robertson Jacob Petricka Zach Duke
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Tony Cingrani J.J. Hoover 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 Carter Capps Mike Dunn> Steve Cishek
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Blaine Boyer Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Carlos Torres Sean Gilmartin Jenrry Mejia
NY (AL) Dellin Betances Justin Wilson Chasen Shreve Andrew Miller
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 Matt Belisle Kevin Siegrist Jordan Walden
SD Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Dale Thayer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt
Seattle Carson Smith Fernando Rodney Mark Lowe
TB Brad Boxberger Jake McGee Kevin Jepsen
Texas Shawn Tolleson Tanner Scheppers Keone Kela 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.]





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Bill
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Bill

Moving Box and another piece for Jose Reyes- best option on the wire?
Tolleson, Scribner or Carson Smith? S + H league…

Maybach
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Maybach

Tolleson hasnt had a big misstep yet, and doesn’t have much competition. Carson is great too tho, would be a close 2nd for me. Now, should you listen to a random dude named after a car posting on a messageboard? Entirely up to you

Autobahn
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Autobahn

Yeah, aligning oneself with a super rich car makes it easier to give cheap comments!!!

Detroit Michael
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Detroit Michael

Tolleson’s been fine. I’d select him.

CM52
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CM52

Why is Tolleson on the wire? Why does anybody want to trade for Boxberger instead of just picking up Tolleson?

O'Kieboomer
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O'Kieboomer

I don’t understand how leagues like this exist and you have to ask questions on what to do. There clearly isn’t any realistic competition.

bill
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bill

Tolleson had 69 K’s in more than 70 IP last season, Boxberger had 104 in 65 IP. We use K/9 and S+H so the mixed use of the Rays pen and possibility of fewer save opp’s for Boxberger don’t hurt you vs Tolleson being “the guy” and getting more save opp’s. Box’s going to help you more with the ratios and raw K’s.

Most owners target the high ratios and don’t just chase saves, which is why guys like Smith and Tolleson are out there. I’m less worried about the ratios since I also own Chapman.

Phil
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Phil

Tolleson safest. Mariner’s coach still in love with Rodney and can stick him back in at anytime or at least do a committee since he doesn’t want to “tire” a rookie out.