Bullpen Report: June 26, 2017

• Rough night for Craig Kimbrel as he only struck out one in a perfect inning for his 21st save. I’m a bit late to the game but I watched Fastball this weekend on Netflix which featured Craig Kimbrel and his heater quite a bit. While he was on the Braves when the film came out, he’s throwing even harder now (98.2 average mph on his fastball) and maybe even pitching better than ever, which says a lot. In 33.2 innings pitched this year, Kimbrel has 61 strikeouts against only five walks leading to a 1.07/0.43/1.12 ERA/FIP/xFIP pitching line. If you’re wondering if maybe SIERA is picking up something FIP is missing, well that’s at a cool 0.94. Kimbrel has broken advanced pitching metrics this year, again.

• No save situation in the desert (does anyone else remember dessert has an extra ‘S’ because an extra ‘SS apparently means it’s better?) but of some interest is Rubby de la Rosa who was called up when J.J. Hoover went to the DL. De la Rosa looks to be a full time reliever now after missing a lot of time last year with an injury to his elbow. Although he only threw 15.1 innings in AAA this year his 23/4 K/BB looks promising, small sample size warnings and all. It’s not uncommon for someone to improve their control when they move to the pen and as we all know it’s common for the velocity to increase. In tonight’s outing Rubby struck out two in a perfect inning and averaged 97.3 mph on his fastball, hitting 98.8 mph. If Rubby is striking out guys while throwing 98 with some new found control, he might jump the other de la Rosa (Jorge) on the Diamondbacks pecking order and join fellow converted reliever Archie Bradley for quite the formidable duo in the pen. I assume de la Rosa will be eased into the pen, not pitching on consecutive days but his stuff can be electric and it wouldn’t shock me to see impressive results.

• The Cubs scored three runs in the top half of the ninth to give them a five run lead and handed the ball off to Hector Rondon for an assumed easy ninth. After two hits and a walk, they called on Wade Davis but it was a bit bumpy. Nonetheless, four hits a walk and a wild pitch later Wade Davis was able to hold onto the lead 5-4. Even after a rough-ish outing Davis still has a 2.00/1.88/2.73 pitching line and it’s safe to say he’s still very green. Davis had some health concerns last year which lead to the cost of acquiring him being a Jorge Soler rather than Gleyber Torres + but he’s looked healthy all year and was throwing 97 tonight. Bearing a cranky elbow cracking up, Davis should continue to rack up saves with top tier-ish ratios.

• It will take injury for someone to leapfrog Cody Allen and/or Andrew Miller in Cleveland but Nick Goody is making a mini name for himself so far this year. In 30.2 innings Goody has an intriguing 1.17/3.46/4.13 pitching line and 34 strikeouts, albeit with a less than special 3.52 BB/9. He doesn’t have electric stuff but his 13.7% SwStr% proves his strikeouts are no fluke. Bryan Shaw has been a staple in the Indians pen for a while but Goody could make his way into some higher leverage innings.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
ARI Fernando Rodney Archie Bradley Jorge De La Rosa JJ Hoover
ATL Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino Jose Ramirez
BAL Brad Brach Mychal Givens Richard Bleier Zach Britton
BOS Craig Kimbrel Matt Barnes Joe Kelly Carson Smith
CHC Wade Davis Koji Uehara Carl Edwards Jr.
CWS David Robertson Tommy Kahnle Anthony Swarzak Nate Jones
CIN Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Drew Storen
CLE Andrew Miller Cody Allen Bryan Shaw
COL Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Jake McGee
DET Justin Wilson Alex Wilson Shane Greene
HOU Ken Giles Will Harris Michael Feliz
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Mike Minor
LAA Cam Bedrosian David Hernandez Blake Parker Bud Norris
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Luis Avilan Josh Fields
MIA A.J. Ramos David Phelps Kyle Barraclough
MIL Corey Knebel Jacob Barnes Carlos Torres
MIN Brandon Kintzler Matt Belisle Taylor Rogers Glen Perkins
NYM Addison Reed Jerry Blevins Paul Sewald Jeurys Familia
NYY Aroldis Chapman Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard
OAK Santiago Casilla Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson
PHI Hector Neris Pat Neshek Luis Garcia
PIT Felipe Rivero Juan Nicasio Daniel Hudson
STL Seung Hwan Oh Trevor Rosenthal Matt Bowman
SD Brandon Maurer Brad Hand Ryan Buchter Carter Capps
SF Mark Melancon Hunter Strickland George Kontos
SEA Edwin Diaz James Pazos Nick Vincent
TB Alex Colome Danny Farquhar Tommy Hunter Brad Boxberger
TEX Matt Bush Keone Kela Jose Leclerc
TOR Roberto Osuna Ryan Tepera Danny Barnes Joe Smith
WSH Enny Romero Matt Albers Blake Treinen Koda Glover

[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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Last night was already Rubby de la Rosa’s 2nd consecutive day pitching in relief. He allowed a hit and struck out 2 over one inning on Sunday, earning the hold. Looks like the Dbacks might be throwing him in the deep end from the get-go.