Bullpen Report: May 23, 2017

Apologies for the lack of a post yesterday but at least I didn’t miss much. Mark Melancon recorded a save, his ninth on the year and the third since his return from the DL. Of more interest regarding the Giants and Melancon would be the Giants being sellers at the deadline. They just signed Melancon to a deal this offseason but if they hit the reset button, a team in need of relief help could use his services. Washington traded for Melancon last year and although they elected to let him walk, maybe they make a move for him again. In other Monday news, Ken Giles saved his 12th game securing the win for Chris Devenski who threw 2.2 scoreless for Houston. Jim Johnson (9), Bud Norris (9) and Dellin Betances (3) all notched saves as well.

Onto Tuesday…

Carl Edwards Jr. has been seeing the eighth inning of late and I’m going to bump him up to the grid. The Cubs may not have an obvious set up man but they have plenty of solid options with Hector Rondon and Koji Uehara back there along with Edwards. Uehara is still effective with a 3.45/2.14/3.60 ERA/FIP/xFIP line, but a 42 year old with a 17.5% HR/FB% isn’t the most reliable option, so I’ve moved him off of the grid. It’s possible, and maybe even likely, that the Cubs pick up an additional reliever at the deadline that replaces Rondon and Edwards in the pecking order, but for now we’re going with Edwards and Rondon behind Wade Davis.

• It’s a slow bullpen night so I’ll lead you to Ben Kaspick’s piece published earlier today where he mentions three relievers to look at: James Hoyt, Joe Smith, and Josh Fields. Joe Smith was already on our grid, having leapfrogged Jason Grilli for the main setup spot in Toronto. Josh Fields has been pitching quite well in the back of the pen for the Dodgers, and I’ve added him in place of Luis Avilan. Kaspick appropriately mentions the bizarre usage of Fields in LA and Avilan has been pitching quite well this year but I could see the right handed Fields sneaking into more meaningful innings on a permanent basis if someone were to get hurt before the lefty Avilan. As a whole, the entire Dodgers pen has been good all year putting up the third most WAR and the second best FIP as a unit. Whereas other contending teams might be looking at a trade deadline relief upgrade, the Dodgers could stay put.

The last guy to mention is James Hoyt. I won’t say much as Ben touched on him already but I’ll repeat that AJ Hinch said Hoyt could see higher leveraged innings, and there is also his 1.80/0.13/0.99 insane pitching line with a 54.5% groundball percentage. If anything he’s been a bit unlucky too, having a .455 BABIP. We still have Will Harris and Luke Gregerson on the grid but Hoyt threw a scoreless ninth today with a four-run lead. I’m not quite ready to make a change in the pecking order behind Giles, but one could be imminent.

Bryan Shaw blew the lead for Cleveland tonight but Andrew Miller came in to get the last out of the seventh and finished the eighth, picking up the win in the process. Cody Allen closed the game for his 14th save. After the World Series, it should be no surprise to see Miller and Allen dominate the late innings, but they have been damn impressive nonetheless. Andrew Miller lowered his ERA to 0.40 on the year and has 31 strikeouts against just five walks in 22.1 innings on the year. Meanwhile Cody Allen has a comparatively horrendous 1.45 ERA and 30 strikeouts against eight walks in 18.2 innings.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
ARI Fernando Rodney JJ Hoover Jorge de la Rosa
ATL Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino Jose Ramirez
BAL Brad Brach Darren O’Day Mychal Givens Zach Britton
BOS Craig Kimbrel Matt Barnes Heath Hembree Carson Smith
CHC Wade Davis Carl Edwards Jr. Hector Rondon
CWS David Robertson Tommy Kahnle Anthony Swarzak Nate Jones
CIN Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Drew Storen
CLE Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw
COL Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Jake McGee
DET Justin Wilson Alex Wilson Francisco Rodriguez
HOU Ken Giles Luke Gregerson Will Harris
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Mike Minor
LAA Bud Norris David Hernandez Blake Parker Cam Bedrosian
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Josh Fieldsn
MIA A.J. Ramos David Phelps Kyle Barraclough
MIL Corey Knebel Jacob Barnes Neftali Feliz
MIN Brandon Kintzler Matt Belisle Taylor Rogers Glen Perkins
NYM Addison Reed Hansel Robles Fernando Salas Jeurys Familia
NYY Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard Adam Warren Aroldis Chapman
OAK Santiago Casilla Ryan Madson Liam Hendriks Sean Doolittle
PHI Hector Neris Joaquin Benoit Pat Neshek
PIT Tony Watson Felipe Rivero Daniel Hudson
STL Seung Hwan Oh Trevor Rosenthal Matt Bowman
SD Brandon Maurer Brad Hand Ryan Buchter Carter Capps
SF Mark Melancon Derek Law Hunter Strickland
SEA James Pazos Tony Zych Edwin Diaz
TB Alex Colome Danny Farquhar Chase Whitley Brad Boxberger
TEX Matt Bush Keone Kela Jeremy Jeffress Jose Leclerc
TOR Roberto Osuna Joe Smith Jason Grilli
WSH Koda Glover Shawn Kelley Matt Albers

[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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Robles sent down to LV yesterday, just quickly. Well it might not be that quick. I guess they’ll see how it goes. This comment has gone downhill quickly.


Hansel, so not hot right now. If anybody’s next in line for saves it’s probably Blevins? He’s been getting some full innings lately. After him and Salas, it’s probably Sewald I guess.