Bullpen Report: September 15, 2016

Tyler Thornburg has pretty much been nails since taking over the ninth-inning role for the Brewers following the trade deadline deals of both Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith. He’s accumulated the second-most WAR among qualified relievers over the last month (0.6 WAR) thanks in part to a pretty 0.00 ERA (2.71 FIP) and successfully converting five saves in six opportunities. Tonight, Thornburg needed four outs and 33 pitches (18 strikes – eight called, one swinging) to earn his 10th save of the season, but surrendered a hit and a couple of free passes along the way. All is green in Milwaukee for Thornburg.

Alex Colome surrendered a pair of hits in Baltimore tonight, but also fanned a pair of Orioles to seal his 33nd save of the season in a 7-6 victory for Tampa Bay. Colome needed just 13 pitches (10 strikes – one called, one swinging) to close out Baltimore. On the year, Colome is 33-of-35 in save opportunities with a 1.97 ERA (3.08 FIP) and a 11.8 K/BB in 60.1 frames on the hill. He owned a career best 15.8% SwStr%, 25.1% K-BB% and 51.8% GB% prior to Thursday’s action. Bradley Boxberger picked up the win on the Rays’ behalf — his fourth of the season.

Dellin Betances served up four earned runs on three hits and a walk to earn the blown save — his fifth of the season — and the loss — his sixth on the year — in a crucial loss to their chief rival Red Sox, 7-5. The Yankees’ right-hander is now 11-of-16 in save opportunities with a 2.83 ERA (1.71 FIP) and a 15.43 K/9 in 70 innings in ‘16. Despite the seven earned runs allowed in the past week or more, Betances will remain green in New York.

Quick Hitters: Patrick Corbin picked up his first save and second of his career tonight in a three-inning effort while striking out four. Jason Grilli (19), Joaquin Benoit (16), Tommy Layne (10), Danny Farquhar (4), Erasmo Ramirez (14), Alex Wimmers (1), Carlos Torres (15) and J.T. Chargois (2) notched holds on Thursday.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Daniel Hudson Randall Delgado Jake Barrett
Atlanta Jim Johnson Mauricio Cabrera Ian Krol Arodys Vizcaino
Baltimore Zach Britton Brad Brach Mychal Givens Darren O’Day
Boston Craig Kimbrel Koji Uehara Brad Ziegler Carson Smith
CHI (NL) Aroldis Chapman Hector Rondon Justin Grimm.
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 Luke Gregerson Will Harris
KC Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Luke Hochevar
LAA Andrew Bailey Mike Morin J.C. Ramirez Cam Bedrosian
LAD Kenley Jansen Joe Blanton Adam Liberatore
Miami A.J. Ramos Fernando Rodney 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 Ryan Dull John Axford
Philly Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris David Hernandez
Pittsburgh Tony Watson Neftali Feliz Felipe Rivero
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh Kevin Siegrist Jonathan Broxton
SD Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter Brad Hand
SF Hunter Strickland Will Smith Sergio Romo
Seattle Edwin Diaz Steve Cishek Nick Vincent 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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This is nitpicky but Liberatore definitely should not be second for LAD anymore. You could make a case for Dayton or Baez, but not Lib.

In DET, Bruce Rondon should be ahead of at least one (and probably both) of the Wilsons.

MIA may be somewhat in flux behind Ramos. It may be too early to make the change in the chart, but I expect this weekend’s usage (if opportunities arise) to show David Phelps ahead of one or both of Rodney and Bearclaw.