Bullpen Report: September 30, 2015

• He allowed a two-run homer to Lucas Duda, but Ken Giles otherwise held on for his 14th save of the year. Giles was a top tier non-save relief option last year and he’s kept it up this season while accumulating saves. His K% dropped to 29.6% from a ridiculous 38.6% last year but a 30% strikeout rate is still elite and although he’ll continue to close on the Phillies, Giles should be a prime target in 2016.

• Speaking of prime targets, David Robertson continued his excellent year for the White Sox, closing his 33rd game. A 66.5% LOB% has inflated his ERA a bit to 3.23 which puts a damper on his overall ranking this year but a 2.36 xFIP and 28.5 % K-BB% are both top five in the league and Robertson should remain a top tier closer this year and next.

• Although the Braves have been one of the worst teams in the league, one bright spot has been Arodys Vizcaino in the ninth inning. Vizcaino saved his 8th game on the year last night and now supports a 1.74/2.46/3.47 ERA/FIP/xFIP pitching line with 35 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched. He might only get one more save for the rest of the season but could provide nice value in next year’s fantasy drafts. Vizcaino’s 9.2% BB% is above league average but he’s displayed better control in the lower minors and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him improve in that area moving forward.

Quick Hits: Brad Boxberger has seemingly been on a roller coaster this year but he now has an impressive 39 saves. Jake McGee will still be around to swipe a few saves but Boxberger’s done enough to likely be the main guy again in 2016. Shawn Tolleson allowed two hits but still threw a scoreless ninth for his 34th save. The Rangers and Tolleson have been on fire in the second half with Tolleson pitching to a 2.25 ERA and 21 saves since the break. Francisco Rodriguez and his 2016 salary kept him on the Brewers but he closed his 38th door last night. K-Rod’s transition from flame thrower to change-up artist (throws 41.8% change-ups) has been impressive and he should continue to rack up save totals next year whether or not he stays in Milwaukee.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson David Hernandez
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino Matt Marksberry Edwin Jackson Jason Grilli
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Brad Brach
Boston Robbie Ross Jean Machi Noe Ramirez Koji Uehara
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Fernando Rodney
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Jacob Petricka
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Ryan Mattheus
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Zach McAllister
Colorado John Axford Jairo Diaz Boone Logan
Detroit Neftali Feliz Alex Wilson Al Albuerquerque Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Pat Neshek Will Harris
KC Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Ryan Madson Greg Holland
LAA Trevor Gott Mike Morin Joe Smith Huston Street
LAD Kenley Jansen Chris Hatcher Yimi Garcia
Miami A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn Bryan Morris Carter Capps
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith
Minnesota Kevin Jepsen Glen Perkins Trevor May
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Tyler Clippard Addison Reed
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Justin Wilson
Oakland Sean Doolittle Drew Pomeranz Ryan Dull
Philly Ken Giles Dalier Hinojosa Jeanmar Gomez
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Joakim Soria Tony Watson
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Steve Cishek
SD Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Kevin Quackenbush Brendan Maurer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Carson Smith Logan Kensing
TB Brad Boxberger Jake McGee Alex Colome
Texas Shawn Tolleson Keone Kela Jake Diekman Tanner Scheppers
Toronto Roberto Osuna Aaron Sanchez Brett Cecil
Wash. Casey Janssen Matt Thornton Blake Treinen Jonathan Papelbon

[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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[Post game press conference.]

Reporter: Why was Casey Janssen brought in to pitch the ninth?

Matt Williams: He’s our closer.

Reporter: But why was Casey Janssen pitching in the eighth then?

Matt Williams: He’s our set-up guy.

Reporter: Yes, but he was pitching in both the eighth…

Matt Williams: He’s our set-up guy.

Reporter: … and the ninth…

Matt Williams: He’s our closer.

Reporter: … but…?

Matt Williams: He’s our closer. He’s our set-up guy. He’s our closer. Set-up guy! Closer. Set-up guy! He’s our closer. Set-up guy! Closer!…

[Matt Williams’ head spins around and explodes, revealing him to be a robot. The Reporter scans the robot-head debris and picks up a shard of metal.]

Reporter: Property of… Wilpon Corp.? I think I’ve got something here!



Man, this is a MUCH better comment than mine about the same thing from the Sept. 28th Bullpen Report.