Bullpen Report: May 27, 2014

Just a few quick notes from tonight…

-After picking up a save in his first appearance back from the disabled list, Jason Grilli got the call in the bottom of the eighth-inning tonight with the Bucs down two runs to the Mets. Grilli surrendered a leadoff single to start the inning, then fanned the next three consecutive batters to keep the Pirates within striking distance heading into the final frame. Despite the fact that the Pirates were unable to stage the late-inning comeback, reports indicate that Grilli’s outing could be one of the final hurdles the right-hander needed to clear before reclaiming the closer tag. Stadium guns clocked the veteran’s fastball in the 92-94 range, which seems to be right in line with career norms. For his career, Grilli is 43-for-54 in save situations, 33 of which came in 2013.

-For the Metropolitans, Jenrry Mejia locked down his fourth save of the season in a two-inning effort. Without three of his middle relievers available and Mejia being used in both halves of Monday’s doubleheader (assuming he wouldn’t be available tomorrow), manager Terry Collins left his young right-hander on the hill for the final six outs. The last hurdle Mejia will need to clear before “officially” claiming the Mets’ closing position, will be to work on three consecutive days. Have to think that’s more of a formality at this point than anything.

Koji Uehara notched his 11th save of the season in an 11-pitch effort against the Braves in Atlanta tonight. The Red Sox closer has now saved 27 consecutive regular season games dating back to July 6th of last season. That’s pretty good, especially for a 39-year-old. Despite the poor attempt at knocking his age, the right-hander’s velocity seems to be pretty in line with his career numbers and he continues to post ridiculous strikeout (38.7% K%) and walk (4% BB%) rates.

Quick Hitters: Joakim Soria is perfect no longer. The Rangers’ closer allowed two runs — one of which was unearned, based on said closer’s throwing error — on two hits and a walk. Soria is now 8-of-9 in save opportunities on the season and his streak of 12 consecutive outings without surrendering a run has come to a close. And Huston Street remains perfect on the year by dishing a clean frame on 11 pitches to notch his 15th save for the Friars. Casey Janssen yielded a hit, but fanned one en route to his eighth save of the season for the Blue Jays. Zach Britton blew his first career save tonight in a 7-6 Orioles loss to the Brewers. There wasn’t a lot of bloodshed in the blown save — in fact, a lot of credit should be given to the Brewers for manufacturing the run – but, a blown save is just what it is. Britton is now 3-of-4 in save chances on the year with a 0.94 ERA (3.30 FIP).

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Oliver Perez J.J. Putz
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel David Carpenter Luis Avilan Jordan Walden
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Ryan Webb Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Andrew Miller
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Neil Ramirez James Russell Pedro Strop
CHI (AL) Ronald Belisario Daniel Webb Jacob Petricka Matt Lindstrom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Broxton Sam LeCure
Cleveland Bryan Shaw Cody Allen Scott Atchison
Colorado LaTroy Hawkins Adam Ottavino Rex Brothers
Detroit Joe Nathan Joba Chamberlain Al Alburquerque Joel Hanrahan
Houston Chad Qualls Kyle Farnsworth Josh Zeid Jesse Crain
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Joe Smith Michael Kohn Dane de la Rosa
LAD Kenley Jansen Chris Perez Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Will Smith Brandon Kintzler Jim Henderson
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jenrry Mejia Jeurys Familia Daisuke Matsuzaka Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) David Robertson Dellin Betances Adam Warren Shawn Kelley
Oakland Sean Doolittle Luke Gregerson Jim Johnson
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Mike Adams Antonio Bastardo
Pittsburgh Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Tony Watson
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Carlos Martinez Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Joaquin Benoit Alex Torres
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Jean Machi Santiago Casilla
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Grant Balfour Jake McGee Joel Peralta
Texas Joakim Soria Alexi Ogando Jason Frasor Neftali Feliz
Toronto Casey Janssen Brett Cecil Steve Delabar Sergio Santos
Wash. Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Drew Storen

[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]

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Allen should probably be ahead of Shaw. He’s pitched in all the high-leverage situations over the past week.


Blurb went over the wall last night to rob konerko of a two run shot off Allen. That close to yet another terrible Allen outing. Axford is better right now to be honest.


Blurb equals Bourn


Michael Blurb