Bullpen Report: May 23, 2016

• Injury update for the Angels as Huston Street is heading to Arizona Friday for extended Spring Training. He also threw 20 pitches today and “could be back before the end of May.” All promising signs for Street as he comes back from a strained oblique and provided there aren’t any setbacks he should be replacing Joe Smith and return to his familiar role in the ninth very soon. Until then, Smith will close as he did tonight getting his sixth save.

• The Pirates didn’t start the ninth with a save situation but after Jared Hughes allowed two singles, Mark Melancon was called on for the save. Melancon allowed a single of his own, forcing an inherited runner to score but got the final two outs for his 15th save on the year. Melancon has never wowed anyone with strikeout rates, but in spite of that he has a startling 1.90 ERA in 237.1 innings over the past four seasons with an equally impressive 2.27 FIP. He’ll always remain second tier after the slew flamethrowers getting saves but remains a top notch source for consistent and successful saves.

Justin Wilson was mentioned in the comments last night and he threw a scoreless seventh inning with two strikeouts this evening against Phillies. Although he still has a 4.50 ERA his 1.79 FIP, 1.86 xFIP and 24/4 K/BB ratio suggest Justin Wilson is still doing just fine. Mark Lowe threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts of his own indicating he’s likely still next-in-line but Justin Wilson is probably the most effective reliever in Detroit. Francisco Rodriguez also threw a scoreless inning for his 13th save and has lowered his ERA to 3.24 after a couple of early season hiccups.

Quick Hits: David Robertson recorded his second save (12) in as many days for the White Sox and setup man Nate Jones needed only one out to record his 11th hold on the year. Jones didn’t throw a full inning over the last three games but after appearances in three straight it’s safe to say he could be seeing an off day tomorrow. A.J. Ramos (14) saved the win for the Marlins and David Phelps who has continued to enjoy life in his new relief home. Phelps now has a 1.38/1.84/3.23 ERA/FIP/xFIP line with 31 strikeouts in 26 innings, becoming one of the better non-closing options in baseball this year. Matt Bush threw a scoreless inning throwing 14 of 15 pitches for strikes, which is pretty darn good control for a former hitter. He’s only thrown 5.2 innings but Bush has allowed just three baserunners with seven strikeouts and only one walk. He’s being eased into higher leverage innings but Bush should find himself moving up the chain if he keeps this up

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Tyler Clippard
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino Jason Grilli Hunter Cervenka
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Mychal Givens
Boston Craig Kimbrel Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Justin Grimm
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Zach Duke
Cincy Ross Ohlendorf Tony Cingrani Jumbo Diaz
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Dan Otero
Colorado Jake McGee Carlos Estevez Miguel Castro
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Mark Lowe Justin Wilson Bruce Rondon
Houston Luke Gregerson Ken Giles Will Harris
KC Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria
LAA Joe Smith Fernando Salas Jose Alvarez Huston Street
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Joe Blanton Yimi Garcia
Miami A.J. Ramos David Phelps Kyle Barraclough Carter Capps
Milwaukee Jeremy Jeffress Tyler Thornburg Michael Blazek Will Smith
Minnesota Kevin Jepsen Trevor May Fernando Abad Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles
NY (AL) Aroldis Chapman Andrew Miller Dellin Betances
Oakland Ryan Madson John Axford Sean Doolittle
Philly Jeanmar Gomez David Hernandez Hector Neris
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Neftali Feliz
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Seung Hwan Oh
SD Fernando Rodney Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter
SF Santiago Casilla Cody Gearrin Hunter Strickland Sergio Romo
Seattle Steve Cishek Joaquin Benoit Joel Peralta
TB Alex Colome Erasmo Ramirez Xavier Cedeno Brad Boxberger
Texas Sam Dyson Jake Diekman Shawn Tolleson Keone Kela
Toronto Roberto Osuna Gavin Floyd Drew Storen Brett Cecil
Wash. Jonathan Papelbon Blake Treinen Shawn Kelley

[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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7 years ago

What will it take for Philly to go green?

7 years ago
Reply to  chad

Jeanmar Gomez will have to change his name.