Bullpen Report: June 13, 2016

Good morning! Coming at you from a different time after a late slate of games, and the same may be true for the 14th. Apologies to all the night owls, who may just need to pull a couple of all-nighters. Ok, onto the report.

Shawn Kelley recorded his first save of the season, after Dusty Baker reported Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable due to soreness. Baker did not say what kind of soreness he experienced, and that Papelbon would be reevaluated on Tuesday. Kelley looked very sharp throwing 1.2 innings and striking out 4, while allowing no baserunners. Kelley has been strong all season posting a 2.70 ERA (1.96 FIP) along with a career best K% (38.2) and 2nd-best BB% (5.6). Looking forward to tomorrow if Papelbon is still a no-go, Kelley should be able to pitch again despite throwing 1.2 innings as he only threw 21 pitches, which is low for that long of an outing. If he can’t go, expect Felipe Rivero to get the save opportunity.

Daniel Hudson thought it would be fun to load the bases for Brad Ziegler to see how difficult of a jam he could get of in the 8th inning against the Dodgers. With one out already on the board, Ziegler managed to record two outs (one via the strikeout) to escape the 8th. Then, Ziegler did what he does best and induced three straight groundouts to close the game out for his 13th save. The 16:11 K:BB ration would worry me to no end as a Ziegler owner, but he has 13 saves with no blown saves (he has given up runs in non-save situations). And I guess what is somewhat more important are the 0 home runs he has allowed. I realized I probably just jinxed him moving forward, but facts are facts.

Now it’s time to talk about everybody’s favorite bullpen. The Reds had an interesting night as Ross Ohlendorf blew his second save of the season in the 8th allowing a home run to “the” Adonis Garcia. He then created his own jam after giving up a single and two walks. The Reds would then break the tie in the top of 9th giving Ohlendorf a shot at the win, if Tony Cingrani could close the game. Cingrani pulled a Ziegler and got three worm-killers for his 7th save of the season.

Quick notes: Derek Law and Zach Neal recorded their first saves of the season, but I wouldn’t go running to your waiver wire. Law provided a much needed rest to a Giants bullpen that was taxed with pitching agains the Dodgers this weekend, and once the Giants had a commanding lead, it made sense to leave Law in. Neal, on the other hand, earned the 3 inning save after Oakland took quite the lead scoring 14 in the first 5 innings. Wade Davis (18) also earned a save.


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 Jason Grilli Gavin Floyd 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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Dyson… Still yellow… ?