Bullpen Report: June 22, 2019

• With Diego Castillo having been used in the previous games (while also struggling a bit) the Rays continued their committee with Emilio Pagan getting the last two outs for his 4th save of the year. Oliver Drake got the last out in the 8th and the first of the 9th but was relieved for Pagan after allowing a walk. Jose Alvarado has been out of commission for personal reasons but threw a bullpen session this week and should be back in action soon. We still have Castillo first in the pecking order but if his struggles continue, Alvarado or Pagan could leapfrog. All three had more appealing ratios earlier this season but they’re all effective relievers and could all be owned, especially in leagues counting holds.

Taylor Rogers threw two perfect innings with a strikeout for his 9th save and I am going to remove the committee tag here. Of course, Trevor May could receive a save opportunity or two but Rogers has been used as a more traditional closer of late and he’s the best option in the pen pretty much all season. The Twins aren’t linked to anyone specifically in trade rumors, but it’s also likely additional arms will be added and change the pecking order.  For now though, Rogers is main guy to own with May, and Blake Parker more waiver wire fodder.

• The Mariners closer situation has been an adventure all season but Roenis Elias is starting to take control, closing his 9th game last night. Elias doesn’t have particularly great numbers with a 4.31 SIERA and 13.1% K-BB% but in the Mariners pen that is about as good as it gets. Everything is for sale in Seattle too, so if Elias keeps pitching well he could be moved which would throw this situation back into another committee without an obvious replacement.

Sergio Romo has a 4.76 ERA and pitches for the Marlins but he recorded his 14th save last night and all things considered has a pretty good handle on the 9th inning. As the ERA and his employer suggest, he won’t get all that many save chances moving forward but he’s not necessarily in danger of losing his job via trade since he’s not a particularly great reliever. While I could see a team taking a flier on Romo it’s not the same situation as a Ken Giles who would more be trusted as a shutdown reliever for a playoff contending team. With all that said, if Romo is moved look for Tayron Guerrero and Nick Anderson to see save situations.

Quick Hits: As we all know, Edwin Diaz won’t be used for more than one inning outings but he will keep getting one-inning saves like last night for his 16th. Felipe Vazquez closed his 18th door and lowered his ERA under 2 in the process. As we mentioned this week, the Vazquez trade rumors are non-existent so he can be relied for consistent saves for the remainder of the season. Aroldis Chapman (21), Brad Hand (21), and Alex Colome (16) all recorded saves as well.

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Bullpen Report — 6/22/2019
Team Closer First Up Second Up Minors/DL
ARI Greg Holland Yoan Lopez Andrew Chafin
ATL Luke Jackson Anthony Swarzak A.J. Minter
BAL Mychal Givens Miguel Castro Richard Bleier Nathan Karns
BOS Matt Barnes Brandon Workman Ryan Brasier Heath Hembree
CHC Pedro Strop Steve Cishek Brandon Kintzler Craig Kimbrel
CWS Alex Colome Aaron Bummer Kelvin Herrera
CIN Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Amir Garrett
CLE Brad Hand Nick Wittgren Adam Cimber
COL Wade Davis Scott Oberg Jairo Diaz
DET Shane Greene Joe Jimenez Victor Alcantara
HOU Roberto Osuna Ryan Pressly Hector Rondon Collin McHugh
KC Ian Kennedy Jake Diekman Wily Peralta
LAA Hansel Robles Ty Buttrey Cam Bedrosian
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Ross Stripling
MIA Sergio Romo Tayron Guerrero Nick Anderson Drew Steckenrider
MIL Josh Hader Jeremy Jeffress Junior Guerra
MIN Taylor Rogers Trevor May Blake Parker Trevor Hildenberger
NYM Edwin Diaz Seth Lugo Robert Gsellman Jeurys Familia
NYY Aroldis Chapman Zack Britton Adam Ottavino Dellin Betances
OAK Blake Treinen Lou Trivino Liam Hendriks
PHI Hector Neris Jose Alvarez Vince Velasquez David Robertson
PIT Felipe Vazquez Kyle Crick Francisco Liriano Keone Kela
STL Jordan Hicks John Gant Carlos Martinez
SD Kirby Yates Craig Stammen Trey Wingenter
SF Will Smith Tony Watson Sam Dyson
SEA Roenis Elias Austin Adams Anthony Bass Hunter Strickland
TB Diego Castillo Jose Alvarado Emilio Pagan
TEX Shawn Kelley Jose LeClerc Chris Martin
TOR Ken Giles Daniel Hudson Joe Biagini
WSH Sean Doolittle Wander Suero Tanner Rainey Kyle Barraclough

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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I don’t think Bummer is next up, presumably after Colomé gets traded at the deadline; Bummer seems to be being used as a ‘fireman’, while Herrera seems to be healthy, good again and the setup guy, as he hit 99mph several times last night as the last pitcher before Colomé.


That’s all true however I wouldn’t be surprised if Herrera gets traded as well as Colome. In that scenario I think Bummer has a good a chance to take over as anyone.