Bullpen Report: May 8, 2017

• In spite of the Bizarro World the Mets are currently living in, they had a walk-off win today against the Giants. Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins combined to throw a scoreless seventh leading to Addison Reed in the eighth and Jeurys Familia in the ninth, who received the vulture win for his first victory of the year. We had Jerry Blevins as the third in line on the chart, and for good measure as he’s now pitching toa 0.79/1.32/2.35 ERA/FIP/xFIP pitching line but I feel Hansel Robles would be closer to saves if something were to happen to both Familia and Reed. Thankfully that’s not the case as the back of the Mets bullpen might be the most or only reliable thing on the team right now. Jeurys Familia was a bit shaky immediately upon his return but he’s looking smoother now and this situation is certainly green.

• As you probably recall Roberto Osuna started the year on the DL and showed a bit of rust earlier this season. Well, those concerns can now be put to bed as Osuna is cruising. Osuna still has an inflated ERA at 3.75 but he also has a 15/1 K/BB in 12 innings pitched and after getting his fifth save tonight, is looking more and more like a young closer knocking on the door to first tiersville. Toronto is in the midst of a down year and in theory a piece like Osuna could command a ransom at the deadline. I’m jumping the gun on both Toronto hitting reset and them deciding to trade Osuna but it’s an interesting idea.

• With Zach Britton back on the shelf (sigh) Brad Brach continued his ninth inning duties, closing his eighth door on the season. He allowed three baserunners and a run in the process but they can’t all be pretty. The shame about Britton is that it’s a reoccurring injury (strained left forearm) and although I’m no doctor I feel that can’t be a great sign. In the meantime, expect Brach to remain in the ninth and provide solid saves and ratios.

• No save chance in Kansas City but it’s nice to see Matt Strahm display some signs of life. He gave up a homer to Colby Rasmus but also struck out four batters in 1.2 innings, showing some of his swing and miss stuff. This year has had more downs than ups for Strahm considering he entered the year as a compelling strikeouts and ratio helper before collapsing early and getting sent down to Omaha. If he’s able to right the ship he could get back to that level and the grid again. He’s not there yet, as Joakim Soria and Peter Moylan are ahead but he’s been more effective since he was recalled and is worth keeping an eye on deep leagues.

• The Yankees continued there impressive start putting up a ten spot in Cincinnati but of more interest to the Bullpen Report was a meaningless inning for the Reds. Wandy Peralta threw a scoreless and unimportant ninth but it’s time he gets some more notice around here. Jeff Sullivan made note of him earlier today and it’s worth checking out. After tonight’s outing, Peralta  has a 1.32/2.05/1.94 pitching line with 19 strikeouts against four walks in 13.2 innings pitched. The Reds have several good-to-great relievers and Peralta is certainly one of them. Drew Storen, who we currently have on the grid, allowed two runs in one inning of work tonight and although I’m not going to change anytihng, if Peralta keeps this up this production he’ll be moving on up quickly. It’s also worth noting that Peralta could be more of a multi-inning reliever for the Reds, which would put him further away from future saves but actually be better for fantasy teams with more volume/innings pitched.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Fernando Rodney JJ Hoover Jorge de la Rosa
Atlanta Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino Jose Ramirez Mauricio Cabrera
Baltimore Brad Brach Darren O’Day Mychal Givens Zach Britton
Boston Craig Kimbrel Matt Barnes Heath Hembree Carson Smith
CHI (NL) Wade Davis Hector Rondon Koji Uehara
CHI (AL) David Robertson Tommy Kahnle Anthony Swarzak Nate Jones
Cincy Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Drew Storen
Cleveland Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw
Colorado Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Jake McGee Mike Dunn
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Shane Greene
Houston Ken Giles Luke Gregerson Will Harris
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Peter Moylan
LAA Bud Norris Blake Parker David Hernandez Cam Bedrosian
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Luis Avilan
Miami A.J. Ramos Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Neftali Feliz Corey Knebel Jacob Barnes
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Matt Belisle Taylor Rogers Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles
NY (AL) Aroldis Chapman Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard
Oakland Santiago Casilla Ryan Madson Ryan Dull Sean Doolittle
Philly Hector Neris Joaquin Benoit Jeanmar Gomez
Pittsburgh Tony Watson Felipe Rivero Daniel Hudson
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist
SD Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter Brad Hand Carter Capps
SF Mark Melancon Derek Law Hunter Strickland
Seattle Edwin Diaz Nick Vincent Tony Zych Steve Cishek
TB Alex Colome Danny Farquhar Austin Pruitt Brad Boxberger
Texas Matt Bush Jeremy Jeffress Jose Leclerc
Toronto Roberto Osuna Joe Smith Jason Grillih
Wash. Matt Albers Enny Romero 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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5 years ago

Just wondering if Neris is the closer to own in philly? Or has Beniot won that job back?

5 years ago

Based on most recent usage, Neris is still the closer I’d have to think