Bullpen Report: Sunday, May 17

Happy Victoria Day long weekend! Here’s the bullpen report for Sunday with some Saturday tidbits sprinkled in.

The Giants decided that they wanted pretty much everyone in the bullpen to get a hold today. After Chris Heston struggled against the Reds, Yusmiero Petit shut them down for three innings, and he ended up with the win after Javier Lopez, George Kontos, Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo paraded in from the pen to each earn a hold. Santiago Casilla ended the game in delicious fashion, striking out the side on nine pitches. He’s not known as being a strikeout guy, as his 9.8% K%-BB% is exactly in line with his career mark. It was his ninth save on the season.

Zach Britton continued on with his quietly dominant 2015 campaign. His 3.21 ERA isn’t indicative of how well he’s pitched for the Orioles this year, and has been inflated by a .361 BABIP. You’d expect a higher than average BABIP from someone with a higher GB%, and at 75.7%, Britton definitely falls in that category. One big difference in his numbers so far this year is the 27.1% K%-BB%, which is way above his career mark of 7.7% and roughly double what he posted last year. Against the Angels, he sandwiched two singles between a pair of groundouts and a game-ending strikeout to snag his eighth save.

The Rangers called up Ross Ohlendorf and Tanner Scheppers on Sunday, and they were both put to work immediately in a close game. Ohlendorf struck out one in his inning of work, and Tanner Scheppers retired six Indians on 18 pitches. Neftali Feliz was up in the Ranger pen with a 4-1 lead, then sat down. By the time you read this we’ll know if there is something physically wrong with Feliz. Shawn Tolleson started warming when the lead was still 4-1, well before the Rangers pushed ahead another run to eliminate the save opportunity. The Rangers bullpen is the reddest red possible right now. If there is something wrong with Feliz and a DL stint looms, don’t hesitate to run out and pick up Tolleson. He gave up a single to the molten-hot Jason Kipnis and struck out two in his scoreless frame.

Of Note: Jake McGee touched 99 and was dominant in his first inning of the year Sunday, coming on in the seventh inning against the Twins, striking out two. Pat Neshek got his ninth hold and Luke Gregerson earned his tenth save as they nailed down the win for Collin McHugh. Mark Melancon hit 92 mph on Sunday and pitched another scoreless inning. The Pirates pen is back to green. Kenley Jansen was activated and Pedro Baez was placed on the DL in a corresponding weekend move. Jansen pitched a perfect ninth, striking out one in his return. Sergio Santos had a shaky Sunday for the Dodgers, look for him to be getting the short end of the stick when Baez returns.

Notes from Saturday: Cody Allen shut down the Rangers in the ninth for his sixth save, and looked good doing so. He struck out one in a clean inning. He was afforded the opportunity after the Rangers pen frittered away the lead. Keone Kela gave up a run on three singles. Shawn Tolleson bailed him out by striking out Nick Swisher to end the seventh, then wriggled out of a bases loaded jam that he got himself into. Neftali Feliz capped his three-run ninth by giving up an absolute bomb to Jason Kipnis. Tolleson would be next in line if changes happen in Texas. Jason Grilli and his 5.11 ERA gave up one of the three-run cushion he had in the ninth and got his eleventh save. He’s sporting a 2.51 FIP, but the .367 BABIP and 64.1% LOB% make the ERA ugly. The Cubs moved Travis Wood to the bullpen, and he earned his first career save on Saturday. He’s obviously not the closer for the Cubs now, but Joe Maddon won’t hesitate to use him in pretty much any role necessary, and hasn’t ruled out a return to the rotation down the road.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Addison Reed Evan Marshall
Atlanta Jason Grilli Jim Johnson Cody Martin
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Alexi Ogando Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Jason Motte
CHI (AL) David Robertson Jacob Petricka Zach Duke
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jumbo Diaz Tony Cingrani Sean Marshall
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Scott Atchison
Colorado John Axford Rafael Betancourt Boone Logan Adam Ottavino
Detroit Joakim Soria Joba Chamberlain Angel Nesbitt Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Chad Qualls Pat Neshek
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Vinnie Pestano
LAD Kenley Jansen Yimi Garcia Chris Hatcher Pedro Baez
Miami A.J. Ramos Bryan Morris Mike Dunn Steve Cishek
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jonathan Broxton Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Brian Duensing Blaine Boyer Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Carlos Torres Sean Gilmartin Jenrry Mejia
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Justin Wilson Chris Martin
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 Seth Maness Matt Belisle Jordan Walden
SD Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Dale Thayer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Carson Smith
TB Brad Boxberger Jake McGee Kevin Jepsen
Texas Neftali Feliz Shawn Tolleson Keone Kela Tanner Scheppers
Toronto Brett Cecil Roberto Osuna Steve Delabar Miguel Castro
Wash. Drew Storen Aaron Barrett Tanner Roark Casey Janssen

[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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9 years ago

I have Soria, Miller, Boxberger, K-Rod, and McGee, but can only start 3 closers at a time. Time to trade Boxberger?

Mike W.
9 years ago
Reply to  Paul

I would actually try and trade K-Rod, with the Brewers being terrible I think he is a prime trade candidate. Maybe he gets traded to a team where he remains a closer, but he could also be traded to a team like the Dodgers or Nationals or Boston and end up being a set up man.

If Boxberger or McGee grab the closer job they are an easy top 15 Closer and even if they share the job they will really help your ratios.

9 years ago
Reply to  Mike W.

Good point about the real-life trade possibility with K-Rod, I hadn’t thought about that. Thanks!

matt love
9 years ago
Reply to  Paul

i actually have soria/miller/boxberger right now as well and can only start 3 RP’s… boxberger has been money as the rays have been streaking with their good pitching and playing close games… even with mcgee back looks like its boxbergers spot to lose… my league is a save + holds league though but still like box compared to the others you mentioned… but if someone bites on a trade you always trade closers or relievers for more important positions.. just depends where you are weak at in your lineup and where others are weak at relievers