Bullpen Report: June 12, 2016

Yesterday I had mentioned that the Rockies had not announced a closer. Well, that was wrong as Weiss named Carlos Estevez as their closer while McGee is out. This came after Estevez recorded his first save and Weiss had said earlier that Estevez would be sharing duties with Jason Motte. Must have been nice for Estevez owners to hear their guy would get most of the saves, right? That was until Boone Logan got the one out save today, after Motte started the 9th off retiring the first two batters. He then walked his third hitter, and then Weiss called on Logan to get the last out as he earned his first save of the season. This wasn’t a case of Weiss going against his word. Instead, Estevez was due some rest after throwing 28 pitches on Friday and closing out last night’s game despite Weiss saying he wanted to avoid that. This was just a normal day of rest for Estevez, and he should be getting the rest of the save opportunities. I left it at Yellow because it is a Colorado pitcher and I don’t think the Rockies will hesitate to pull him if he began to struggle in the 9th.

Ah, the beauty of the win statistic. Jonathan Papelbon came into a tied game in the 9th and gave up a home run to Maikel Franco. So Jeanmar Gomez entered the game in the bottom of the inning looking for his 20th save of the season. Gomez has had only one blown save before the inning. That changed today after loading the bases and giving out a two-run single to Jayson Werth to end the game, making it only his 2nd blown save of the season. Who gets the win? Papelbon, despite giving up a run that initially broke the tie. Anyway, enough complaining about the rules behind who does and doesn’t earn wins. Gomez entered the game with a 2.61 ERA (3.66 FIP) and left with a 3.13 ERA (3.74 FIP). Gomez has still had a strong year, as his K% has jumped about 4 percentage points from his career average and his BB% is lower than his career average. Gomez had not given up a run since the beginning of the month. Papelbon has a similar ERA (3.28) and FIP (3.60), but has not had a clean inning since May 29th. He hasn’t necessarily been giving up runs in his appearances; he just seems to make things more interesting on a regular basis. Nobody in this game is in danger of losing their job, but an interesting end to a tied ballgame.

Sam Dyson earned his 10th save of the season, but might’ve been saved by rookie Nomar Mazara. With one out in the 9th, Ketel Marte hit a double. After Seth Smith moved Marte over, Robinson Cano hit a hard line drive that scored Marte, but then got thrown out about Mazara trying to go to 2nd. Despite the minor blip today, Dyson has been strong as the Rangers closer, as this was only his fourth appearance to give up a run since being named closer. He’s had 14 Ks in 12.2 innings, with only one BB and 9 Hs. Jake Diekman also earned his 16th hold during this game.

Quick notes: Jason Grilli earned his 3rd save of the season. Roberto Osuna was not expected to pitch Saturday, so I’m not sure why he didn’t pitch today. We’ll let you know if anything comes up. Wade Davis (17), Jeremy Jeffress (18), Santiago Casilla (13) and Francisco Rodriguez (19) all earned saves today.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Tyler Clippard
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino Jim Johnson Hunter Cervenka
Baltimore Zach Britton Mychal Givens Brad Brach Darren O’Day
Boston Craig Kimbrel Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Justin Grimm
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Zach Duke
Cincy Tony Cingrani Ross Ohlendorf Blake Wood Jumbo Diaz
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Dan Otero
Colorado Carlos Estevez Jason Motte Boone Logan Jake McGee
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Shane Greene Bruce Rondon
Houston Will Harris Ken Giles Luke Gregerson
KC Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria
LAA Huston Street Fernando Salas Cam Bedrosian Joe Smith
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Joe Blanton Yimi Garcia
Miami A.J. Ramos David Phelps Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith Tyler Thornburg
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Fernando Abad Kevin Jepsen Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Jim Henderson
NY (AL) Aroldis Chapman Andrew Miller Dellin Betances
Oakland Ryan Madson Sean Doolittle John Axford
Philly Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris David Hernandez
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Neftali Feliz Tony Watson
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Seung Hwan Oh
SD Fernando Rodney Ryan Buchter Brandon Maurer
SF Santiago Casilla Cody Gearrin Hunter Strickland Sergio Romo
Seattle Steve Cishek Joaquin Benoit Nick Vincent
TB Alex Colome Erasmo Ramirez Xavier Cedeno Brad Boxberger
Texas Sam Dyson Jake Diekman Matt Bush Keone Kela
Toronto Roberto Osuna Gavin Floyd Drew Storen Brett Cecil
Wash. Jonathan Papelbon Shawn Kelley Felipe Rivero

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

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Guessing Madson gets moved since it would take much more to land Doolittle. Is Doolittle the guy to own looking past the trade deadline for fantasy saves?