Bullpen Report: Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Blue Jays bullpen is all kinds of red right now. Steve Delabar came on with two outs and a runner on third in the seventh. He gave up a single, allowing the inherited runner to score and tie the game. He didn’t give up a run in the eighth, giving way to Brett Cecil to try to preserve the tie and give the Jays a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth. After getting Matt Wieters to ground out, he went walk, walk, single, triple, strikeout before being replaced. The single was a soft flare up the middle that Jose Reyes just gave up on, thinking that Munenori Kawasaki was going to get it. Cecil was visibly upset on the mound. He was charged with four earned runs, and you’d have to think that he won’t be pitching the next time the Jays have a job that calls for a closer. He thinks he may be tipping his pitches http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/mlb/toronto-blue-jays-drop-game-and-series-to-baltimore-orioles-and-expose-their-dire-pitching-situation. Roberto Osuna was unavailable Sunday after pitching in the first two games of the series. Who will get the next opportunity remains to be seen, but it would likely be between Osuna and Delabar. Delabar has a 21.1% K%-BB% on the year and he’s sporting a stellar 1.06 ERA. That’s been aided by an unsustainable .097 BABIP and 100% LOB rate. His 3.61 FIP is not so sharp. Osuna has a similar K%-BB% at 20.6%. He has a 2.26 FIP, and if I had to guess who would be getting the role, and I do, I’m going with Osuna. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Delabar and you couldn’t be faulted if you grabbed him, but I’m going with Osuna. Cecil is still listed as the closer on the closer grid and will continue to be until John Gibbons sends someone else out there in that role. It could be Monday in Tampa.


The White Sox bullpen pitched four scoreless innings of relief. Jake Petricka was the last pitcher for the Sox and he got the win when Gordon Beckham hit a game-winning home run. David Robertson has pitched three days in a row and won’t be available Monday. Zach Putnam and Zach Duke have each pitched two days in a row, with Duke pitching five of the last six days, so it may be Petricka who comes on for a save opportunity tomorrow night in Minneapolis. Obviously Petricka is second in line on the closer grid, I’m just pointing out the usage of the other guys behind him. They need a long strong outing from John Danks.

Pedro Strop pitched the eighth inning of a tied game Saturday, Jason Motte got the ninth, and then Hector Rondon closed out the Twins in the tenth. It looks like that’s the way Joe Maddon is going to slot them in the bullpen for now. Neil Ramirez will be returning soon and Rafael Soriano will be joining the Cubs in the not-too-distant future as well. How they will fit into the late-inning mix remains to be seen.

Of Note: Aroldis Chapman struck out the side for his 15th save, and J.J. Hoover was perfect in the eighth for his sixth hold. As we’ve discussed previously, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Chapman could be moved, and Hoover looks to be the guy who would slide into that role. Cody Allen got his first win of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth. Kevin Jepsen took the loss after giving up the only run of the game in the bottom of the ninth. Tyler Clippard threw 34 pitches to record five outs and earn his 12th save of the season. He gave up one run. With Jason Grilli getting the afternoon off, Jim Johnson nabbed his fourth save, picking up after Nick Masset and Dana Eveland shut out the Mets in the eighth.

Notes From Saturday: Darren O’Day loaded the bases with nobody out and then proceeded to strike out the side in the eighth. Zach Britton also gave up three hits but held the Jays to a run and earned his 19th save. Trevor Rosenthal threw 23 pitches Saturday, striking out one and walking one in his scoreless inning. He hit triple digits with his heater. It was his first appearance since last Sunday, after being shut down for a couple of days with tightness in his biceps. The Royals shutdown trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland reprised their familiar role and shut down the Red Sox over the last three innings, striking out three and they didn’t surrender a run. Fernando Rodney got two groundouts to end the seventh inning for his first hold on the year. Mark Lowe and Charlie Furbush each got an out before handing the ball to Carson Smith to get the last out of the eighth and all three in the ninth. Addison Reed removed himself even further from any slim chance he had at resuming closer duties by giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. David Robertson(14), Tyler Clippard(11), Jason Grilli(20) and Brad Boxberger(18) all nabbed saves.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Addison Reed Enrique Burgos
Atlanta Jason Grilli Jim Johnson David Aardsma
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Alexi Ogando
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Jason Motte Pedro Strop Rafael Soriano
CHI (AL) David Robertson Jacob Petricka Zach Duke
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Ryan Mattheus Tony Cingrani
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Zach McAllister
Colorado John Axford Boone Logan LaTroy Hawkins Adam Ottavino
Detroit Joakim Soria Joba Chamberlain Al Albuerquerque Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Chad Qualls Pat Neshek
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Fernando Salas
LAD Kenley Jansen Yimi Garcia Adam Liberatore Pedro Baez
Miami A.J. Ramos Carter Capps Steve Cishek
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Blaine Boyer Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Bobby Parnell Carlos Torres Jenrry Mejia
NY (AL) Dellin Betances Justin Wilson Chasen Shreve Andrew Miller
Oakland Tyler Clippard Evan Scribner Dan Otero Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Luis Garcia
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Arquimedes Caminero
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Seth Maness Jordan Walden
SD Craig Kimbrel Brandon Maurer Joaquin Benoit
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Carson Smith Fernando Rodney Mark Lowe
TB Brad Boxberger Jake McGee Kevin Jepsen
Texas Shawn Tolleson Tanner Scheppers Keone Kela Neftali Feliz
Toronto Brett Cecil Roberto Osuna Steve Delabar Miguel Castro
Wash. Drew Storen Casey Janssen Matt Thornton Aaron Barrett

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





Darren contributes to RotoGraphs when he isn’t watching the Braves or shoveling snow. Follow him on Twitter @shinesie.

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If Robertson got a save on Saturday, then does Sale get the win??

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Too early for comments this AM! 🙂