Bullpen Report: June 2, 2015

• Steve Cishek has been demoted to the minors to work on his mechanics. Specifically, he’ll be moving to Double-A Jacksonville where the Marlins are “hoping pitching coordinator Charlie Corbell (Cishek’s minor-league pitching coach) can help him find his groove.” The Marlins are trying to get Cishek back on track but considering the way A.J. Ramos is pitching, I wouldn’t bet on Cishek returning to the ninth inning quite yet. Ramos allowed three base runners in today’s outing but struck out two en route to a scoreless inning for his fifth save of the year.

Tyler Clippard recorded his eighth save of the year, throwing a perfect ninth inning with two Ks. With Sean Doolittle back on the DL, expect Clippard to be closing for the rest of the year in Oakland. If the A’s decide to sell, Clippard could be on the move but so long as he’s in Oakland he will be seeing saves. As the amateur draft approaches, we are not too far from open trade season and we’ll do our best at the BR to keep track of the rumors and how save situations might be affected.

• Rough night for the back of the Reds pen. Jumbo Diaz blew the lead in the eighth allowing two earned runs while Tony Cingrani received the loss, allowing the winning run to score in the ninth. The other options behind Aroldis Chapman aren’t too appealing but J.J. Hoover and Ryan Mattheus could jump a slot or two in the pecking order.

• Quick Hits: Drew Storen was perfect in the ninth for his 17th save and John Axford secured his 10th save for the Rockies. Koji Uehara earned his 11th save of the season, putting some injury concerns behind him. Jonathan Papelbon earned his first win of the year after throwing a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. Papelbon carries a hefty price tag, but he should be involved in trade rumors over the next couple of months. Papelbon has actually pitched fantastic all season long with a 1.29 ERA and 2.29 FIP, which will certainly make him more appealing as a late inning option on a contending team.

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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Toronto almost a full calendar month between save chances. The most recent “let’s push our lead to 4 runs late” courtesy of a catcher stealing home. Absurd…