Bullpen Report: June 16, 2016

Reports today indicate that Twins’ closer Glen Perkins will likely miss the remainder of the 2016 season. In addition to experiencing rotator cuff issues, the former All-Star will need to go under the knife to repair a torn labrum. After numerous attempts to improve the condition via a throwing program, the southpaw finally shut it down and sought multiple medical opinions on the severity of the injury. Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad figure to share the closing duties in Minnesota with Kevin Jepsen being recently removed from the position. Abad features the better peripherals (0.79 ERA/1.99 FIP) and strikeout rates (18.8% K-BB%) at this time, so if you’re deciding between the two, he’s the one I’d be adding. Edit: Just after typing those very words, Abad surrendered a first-pitch three-run homer to Didi Gregorious in the seventh inning. My opinion hasn’t changed, but leaving the grid as is for the time being.

The Washington Nationals won’t be going with a closer by committee for long, Manager Dusty Baker noted. Baker and pitching coach Mike Maddux were exploring the CBC route, but were quoted as saying “It rarely works” and they were “looking for some semblance of an everyday-type situation depending on how many innings a guy threw before or something.” Shawn Kelley with his 2.52 ERA (2.10 FIP) and 12.6 K/9 appears to be the first in line for the job. He converted a save on Monday, retiring each of the five batters he faced — four via strikeout. Kelly has five career saves under his belt and is a perfect 1-for-1 in save opportunities this season. Left-hander Sammy Solis and his 1.71 ERA (3.04 FIP) and 15.3% K-BB% makes for an interesting option too, but we’ll likely see how Baker chooses to deploy the bullpen while Papelbon is on the shelf the next time the Nationals are in a save situation. Could be tonight in San Diego as they are up 6-4 at the time of this writing.

Steve Cishek dished a clean ninth-inning, fanning one, en route to his 15th save of the season in 19 chances. The right-hander needed just 16 pitches (10 strikes) to seal the deal and lower his ERA to 2.61 (3.78 FIP) on the season. Entering today, Cishek’s K-BB% sat at 23.3% — the highest of his career. Additionally, he’s inducing swings-and-misses at a 12.6% (SwStr%) clip — also a career high. The spike in strikeouts appears to be real. And some of this could be attributed to Cishek inducing more swings on pitches outside of the zone (31.3% O-Swing% vs. 28.4% career O-Swing%) with less contact (53.9% O-Contact% vs. career 62.1% career O-Contact%).

Quick Hits: Jeurys Familia (22) and Aroldis Chapman (12) each notched saves this evening, while Dellin Betances (17) and Andrew Miller (10) picked up holds for the Yankees. The Yanks/Nats could be a nice fit for a reliever swap should New York go into a “selling” mode.

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 Cory 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. Shawn Kelley Felipe Rivero Sammy Solis Jonathan Papelbon

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





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Did Abad’s wife have a baby last night? You spelled it “Adad” later in the graph.