Bullpen Report: May 10, 2019

• As Al mentioned yesterday, the Rangers were sticking with a committee of Chris Marin and Shawn Kelley as Leclerc continues to work on his craft. However, the Shawn Kelley and Chris Martin closing tandem is now over for the moment, with Kelley hitting the IL with an infection. This likely helps explain why Chris Martin was used for the previous save as well but with Kelley out for the time being the committee is closed with Martin owning the 9th. The other options in the Rangers bullpen aren’t too compelling so Jose Leclerc will remain on the grid and I have added Airel Jurado to the mix behind him as he has been effective so far in his six appearances maintaining a 0.00 ERA and a compelling 21.4% K-BB%. As far as Leclerc goes, he was used last night and was completely wild, walking three batters without finishing the 9th inning. It wasn’t a save situation but still, after a couple of decent appearances it wasn’t a great sign to see Leclerc struggle again. The Rangers want Leclerc to take back the reins but on the year he has a 181.% BB% and a career low 8.3% SwStr%. His velocity is right where he always is but the whiffs are missing and so is his control. It might not take too many solid appearances for Leclerc to get back into the closer’s chair, but he’s not close at the moment.

• The Rangers are certainly not the only team with a cruddy bullpen as the Braves have struggled all year there and that continued last night. Luke Jackson came on to close a one-run lead last night and blew his second save after David Peralta hit a solo shot off of him. A.J. Minter then started the 10th inning and left with his 4th loss after he allowed a walk, a single, and a game winning single to Ketel Marte. Braves manager Brian Snitker mentioned the idea of demoting Minter since it’s clear he hasn’t been effective since returning from the IL and Snitker mentioned this has more or less been Spring Training for Minter. Although that move has not been made I am going to take Minter off of the committee for the time being. There is no great option for the Braves but I have Luke Jackson, Dan Winkler, and Jacob Webb on the grid, all of who can see the next save opportunity.  While every competitive team can be expected to want to improve their bullpen as they prepare for a possible stretch run, the Braves could possibly use that help more than any other team.

Quick Hits: No save situation for the Cubs as Mike Montgomery went 5 innings in relief to secure the win. However, with all hands on deck for the Cubs pen, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Montgomery pick up a three inning save or two. Wade Davis allowed two earned runs but thankfully entered with a three run lead to secure his 6th save. Davis also struck out the side and with the chaos around so many closing situations, he remains one of the better options for saves. Raisel Iglesias pitched around a hit and a walk for his 7th save. He’s had an up and down season but the Reds are better than their record and he should continue to see consistent saves provided he doesn’t have a prolonged collapse. Domingo Santana hit a homer off of Aroldis Chapman in the 9th but he otherwise held on for the save (8), and Roberto Osuna (9)  pitched around a couple base runners as well to hold the lead for the Astros. Sean Doolittle wasn’t handed a save chance but he got the last four outs for Washington. The Nationals pen has been a disaster all year with a league worst 6.29 ERA but Sean Doolittle has held his own with a 1.06 ERA.

Not Very Stable
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Bullpen Report — 5/10/2019
Team Closer First Up Second Up Minors/DL
ARI Greg Holland Archie Bradley Yoshihisa Hirano
ATL Luke Jackson Jacob Webb Dan Winkler A.J. Minter
BAL Mychal Givens Paul Fry Evan Phillips Nathan Karns
BOS Matt Barnes Ryan Brasier Brandon Workman Brian Johnson
CHC Steve Cishek Brandon Kintzler Brad Brach Pedro Strop
CWS Alex Colome Kelvin Herrera Jace Fry Nate Jones
CIN Raisel Iglesias Amir Garrett David Hernandez
CLE Brad Hand Nick Wittgren Adam Cimber
COL Wade Davis Scott Oberg Carlos Estevez
DET Shane Greene Joe Jimenez Victor Alcantara
HOU Roberto Osuna Ryan Pressly Hector Rondon
KC Wily Peralta Ian Kennedy Brad Boxberger
LAA Hansel Robles Ty Buttrey Luke Bard
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Julio Urias Caleb Ferguson
MIA Sergio Romo Adam Conley Nick Anderson Drew Steckenrider
MIL Josh Hader Junior Guerra Jeremy Jeffress
MIN Blake Parker Taylor Rogers Trevor Hildenberger
NYM Edwin Diaz Seth Lugo Robert Gsellman Jeurys Familia
NYY Aroldis Chapman Adam Ottavino Zack Britton Dellin Betances
OAK Blake Treinen Lou Trivino Joakim Soria
PHI Hector Neris Pat Neshek Adam Morgan David Robertson
PIT Felipe Vazquez Kyle Crick Richard Rodriguez Keone Kela
STL Jordan Hicks Andrew Miller John Gant
SD Kirby Yates Craig Stammen Adam Warren Trey Wingenter
SF Will Smith Tony Watson Reyes Moronta
SEA Anthony Swarzak Roenis Elias Brandon Brennan Hunter Strickland
TB Diego Castillo Jose Alvarado Emilio Pagan
TEX Chris Martin Jose LeClerc Ariel Juardo Shawn Kelley
TOR Ken Giles Ryan Tepera Joe Biagini
WSH Sean Doolittle Kyle Barraclough Joe Ross

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What issues has Craig Stammen been having?


Huh? What issues? Both his ERA and ERA estimators look pretty decent. His K% could be higher, but he looks pretty good from here. Game log doesn’t look too awful either.


Has allowed runs in 6 of his last 9 appearances (11 IP), has allowed a hit in 8 of 9 including 3 HR and multiple hits in 5 of 9. He hasn’t exactly been lighting it up lately.

Small sample size yes, but in the world of relievers small sample size can cost you. He’s a proven commodity so he’ll probably bounce back (though I do note he is 35 yo), but I think the yellow is fair.


Eh, probably just a rough stretch. I don’t see anything that rings big red alarm bells anywhere. Assuming a normal fantasy team pitching staff, I’d assume your SP’s and other RP’s are balancing out his bad outings, and it looks like the Dads still trust him in high leverage situations to lead up to Yates, so looks pretty quiet on the western front to me. I agree yellow is fair though.