Bullpen Report: September 1, 2016

Short and sweet for this four game slate…

Unfortunately for the Atlanta Braves, Arodys Vizcaino is back on the shelf with shoulder inflammation. Fortunately for the Braves and fake baseballers alike, veteran Jim Johnson still has some gas in the tank. August was kind to the 33 year-old right-hander, who picked up saves in 7-of-8 chances with an 18:2 K:BB while allowing just one earned run. And he started off September on the right foot as well. The Braves entered the final frame of tonight’s tilt with the Padres up five runs, but summoned Johnson to the hill to end the Friars’ three-run rally and pick up his 14th save of the season. For a guy that’s green, induces worm burners over 57% of the time and owns a career best 16.4% K-BB%, Jim Johnson should be owned in a few more than 50% of Y! Formats at this point in the season — unless most of those folks at the bottom of the barrell have moved on….

Brandon Kintzler surrendered a hit, but fanned one en route to his 13th save of the season in 14 opportunities. Kintzler needed 14 pitches (10 strikes — five called, two swinging) to seal the 8-5 victory for the Twinkies over the White Sox. While the strikeouts and peripherals are lagging, Kintzler currently owns the best ground ball (63.5% GB%) rate and ERA (1.87) of his career. Green.

Carl Edwards, Jr. notched the first save of his big league career this evening in a 5-4 Cubbies win over the Giants. Edwards needed just 13 pitches (10 strikes — four called, one swinging) to fan Hunter Pence and induce a pair of groundouts off the bats of Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik. Skipper Joe Maddon called on the youngster with Aroldis Chapman racking up 44 pitches over the last two days — including 31 in Wednesday’s shaky outing. Chapman green.

Quick Hitters: Chris Withrow of the Braves and Joe Smith of the Cubs have been activated from the 15-day disabled list, with no immediate impact to the grid. The Cubs wasted no time putting Smith back on the bump, using him for a pair of innings, striking out a trio of Giants to pick up the victory. Will Smith (15) and George Kontos (8) of the Giants along with Kyle Barraclough (26) of the Marlins picked up holds this evening. Entering tonight, Addison Reed (31), Neftali Feliz (29) and Hector Neris (27) led the first division in holds among current non-closers (Betances also has 27 holds).

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Daniel Hudson Randall Delgado Jake Barrett
Atlanta Jim Johnson Mauricio Cabrera Shae Simmons Arodys Vizcaino
Baltimore Zach Britton Brad Brach Mychal Givens Darren O’Day
Boston Craig Kimbrel Brad Ziegler Clay Buchholz Koji Uehara
CHI (NL) Aroldis Chapman Carl Edwards Jr. Travis Wood Hector Rondon
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Matt Albers
Cincy Tony Cingrani Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen
Cleveland Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw
Colorado Adam Ottavino Jake McGee Carlos Estevez Scott Oberg
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Alex Wilson
Houston Ken Giles Will Harris Luke Gregerson
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Matt Strahm Wade Davis
LAA Deolis Guerra Mike Morin J.C. Ramirez Cam Bedrosian
LAD Kenley Jansen Joe Blanton Adam Liberatore
Miami Fernando Rodney A.J. Ramos Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Tyler Thornburg Corey Knebel Blaine Boyer
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Ryan Pressly Taylor Rogers Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Fernando Salas
NY (AL) Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard Adam Warren
Oakland Ryan Madson John Axford Ryan Dull Sean Doolittle
Philly Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris Edubray Ramos
Pittsburgh Tony Watson Neftali Feliz Felipe Rivero
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh Kevin Siegrist Jonathan Broxton
SD Brandon Maurer Kevin Quackenbush Brad Hand Ryan Buchter
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland Derek Law
Seattle Edwin Diaz Steve Cishek Arquimedes Caminero Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Alex Colome Brad Boxberger Xavier Cedeno
Texas Sam Dyson Jake Diekman Matt Bush Jeremy Jeffress
Toronto Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli Joaquin Benoit
Wash. Mark Melancon Shawn Kelley Blake Treinen

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

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I’d probably move Thornburg to green at this point. I’m not sure he loses the job even if he blows 3 saves in row.

Turd Furgeson
Turd Furgeson

yeah I dont think anyones listening.