Bullpen Report: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

• There is no word on who the next closer in Toronto will be as a save situation did not present itself tonight but we do know that Brett Cecil is officially outSteve Delabar entered the game in the ninth inning down by a run. He proceeded to allow a homer to Asdrubal Cabrera and a walk to Brandon Guyer but then retired the next three batters. Tonight’s outing likely won’t play a role in Delabar’s role in the pen and although there might be a current committee in Toronto without a closer announced, I’m still buying more stock in Roberto Osuna.

Carter Capps threw a perfect inning tonight, lowering his ERA to 1.04. Capps also struck out two batters and now has 32 in 17.1 innings pitched for 16.62 K/9, a mark that would lead the league (if he was qualified). Capps throws hard (97.8 MPH) but his velocity is actually perceived even higher at over 101 mph thanks to his release point, another mark that leads the league. Capps’ stuff and delivery  have made him one of the best relievers in the league while he’s been up, making him a valuable asset on any fantasy team in spite of his lack of saves.

Tyler Clippard is assumed to be on the move but who would replace him is more unknown. Evan Scribner is/was the prohibitive favorite but he entered tonight’s game in the 6th inning. Now, the A’s can work in mysterious ways and Tyler Clippard is still on the A’s so we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, but it’s worth mentioning for sure. Brilliant commenter Mike W. brought up a solid point about Edward Mujica being an option too, given the A’s proclivity to save a dime on Scribner’s arbitration cost. He’s been added to the closer grid.

Hector Rondon entered in the eighth tonight and retired the only batter he faced to end the inning. He was then followed by Pedro Strop in the ninth and Jason Motte in the tenth who both put up zeros in a scoreless game. We are no closer at getting a firm grasp on the Cubs bullpen. Joe Maddon used Rondon in the toughest situation, showing he might value him as his best reliever but as we know, that doesn’t guarantee him sole possession of the ninth inning. This is still a bit of a two-headed monster with Rondon and Motte at the moment.

Francisco Rodriguez nailed his 14th save for the Brewers. K-Rod’s job is very secure for the Brewers but he might not be pitching there for much longer. It’s likely that whatever team obtains his services will use him as the ninth inning option, so his value would likely only increase if he’s moved. In the meantime I will direct you to his MLB Trade Rumors page. Over the next month, I’d advise you to keep hitting refresh on that page to see who’s job he will usurp this summer. In his place will be Jeffress or Smith, with Smith also being an intriguing trade candidate. As of now, the last rumor is that the Blue Jays are interested, but nothing is close to imminent there.

• Quick Hits: Brad Boxberger got the call for the Rays tonight and converted his 19th save of the year, but only after serving up a solo shot to Edwin Encarnacion. Zach Britton also gave up a run en route to a save, his 20th on the year. Trevor Rosenthal looks back to normal after some sorness a little while back, throwing a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save. Mark Melancon has done a terrific job of putting out the flames he caused earlier in the year and he struck out the side for his 24th save. Melancon’s ERA (1.82) is higher than the estimators would suggest based on how he’s been pitching but he will continue to tally saves for a Pirates team in the race.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Enrique Burgos Addison Reed
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 Edward Mujica 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 Roberto Osuna Brett Cecil 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.]

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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I think Osuna is a temp closer at best until the Jays make a trade for a vet, possibly K-Rod or Papelbon. So rather be stashing Ken Giles or Will Smith than him.

No contending team would feel very secure relying on a 20 year old rook as their closer. Not to mention saving on arbitration money.


Oops, I meant Jefferies, not Will Smith.

Mike W.
Mike W.

I agree with you that Osuna is a short term answer, but I added him in a couple leagues where I am desperate for a 3rd Closer anyway. I’ll ride him as long as I can in the short term and wait to see where the trade pieces fall.

I would agree with you that Giles is a better stash, but he is gone already in a bunch of leagues. I think he has a round a 40% ownership rate in Yahoo leagues so a lot of competitive or deep leagues he has already been snatched up.

I like Smith and Jeffress a lot, but I have no clue how the Milwaukee situation shakes out if K-Rod gets traded. Maybe they stick to form and promote the 8th inning guy, Jeffress, or maybe Melvin/Counsell decide they want to increase Smith’s value some for an August trade or an off season trade.


Yeah, the only reason why I say Jefferies is that Smith is in danger of being traded too.

Gonna need to watch things like a hawk until the deadline. There are even rumors of Chapman and Uehara being moved so JJ Hoover and Junichi Tazawa needs to be on watch lists as well.

The only reason I’m a little uncomfortable with stashing Giles is that the Phils’ GM Amaro is an idiot and Papelbon has a high chance about not getting moved at all.