Rosenthal out as closer, Ryan Dull putting up historic numbers

June 26, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals — Mike Matheny confirmed yesterday that Trevor Rosenthal will no longer be the team’s closer.  He also said that he would use a three-pitcher committee instead of naming one closer.  We still like Seung Hwan Oh the best but Matheny said that he would rotate through Oh, Siegrist and Broxton based on availability and matches.

Updated hierarchy: *Oh | Siegrist | Broxton.
* – closer-by-committee

June 26, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Gonzalez German recorded his first save of the season yesterday.  German came on to get the last out the eighth inning and stayed on for the ninth after the Rockies added some insurance runs.  Boone Logan has been used as a LOOGY lately, he has gone less than a full inning in his last seven appearances so German could continue to see more time in the later innings for the Rockies until Jake McGee returns.

Updated hierarchy: Estevez | Motte | German.

Oakland A’s – Sean Doolittle pitched out a bases loaded, one out jam in the ninth inning yesterday in a non-save situation.  However, the bigger news may be that Ryan Dull stranded two more inherited runners.  Dull has now stranded all 32 inherited runners this season.  Dull is still behind Madson, Doolittle, and Axford when it comes to saves chances but he is having a great season for the A’s bullpen.

Hierarchy remains: Madson | Doolittle | Axford.

1. Mychal Givens, Baltimore Orioles – Zach Britton has pitched in two straight and four of the last five.  Brad Brach has also pitched in two straight and three of the past four.
2. Tyler Thornburg, Milwaukee Brewers – Jeremy Jeffress has pitched in back-to-back games.
3. Addison Reed, New York Mets – Jeurys Familia has pitched in two straight and four of the past five.
4. Kirby Yates, New York Yankees – The big three of Chapman, Miller, and Betances has all pitched in two straight and three of the past four.
5. Kevin Siegrist/Jonathan Broxton, St. Louis Cardinals – Matheny said he will mix and match between Oh, Siegrist and Broxton


Updated MLB Closer Depth Chart

Closer 1st in line 2nd in line Updated Closer 1st in line 2nd in line Updated
BAL Britton Brach Givens 6/17/16 ATL Vizcaino Johnson Cervenka 6/24/16
BOS Kimbrel Uehara Tazawa 6/25/16 MIA Ramos Phelps Barraclough 6/24/16
NYY Chapman Miller Betances 6/11/16 NYM Familia Reed Blevins 6/22/16
TB Colome Cedeno Ramirez 6/2/16 PHI Gomez Neris Hernandez 5/15/16
TOR Osuna Grilli Storen 6/23/16 WAS Kelley Rivero Treinen 6/18/16
CHW Robertson Jones Duke 6/23/16 CHC Rondon Strop Wood 6/23/16
CLE Allen Shaw McAllister 5/19/16 CIN Cingrani Ohlendorf Wood 6/23/16
DET Rodriguez J.Wilson Rondon 6/24/16 MIL Jeffress Thornburg Smith 6/23/16
KC Davis Soria Herrera 6/3/16 PIT Melancon Feliz Watson 6/8/16
MIN *Kintzler Abad Pressly 6/23/16 STL *Oh Siegrist Broxton 6/26/16
HOU Harris Giles Gregerson 6/21/16 ARI Ziegler Hudson Clippard 6/22/16
LAA Street Salas Morin 6/8/16 COL Estevez Motte German 6/26/16
OAK Madson Doolittle Axford 6/26/16 LAD Jansen Blanton Baez 6/21/16
SEA Cishek Benoit Vincent 6/3/16 SD Rodney Buchter Villanueva 6/3/16
TEX Dyson Diekman Bush 6/25/16 SF Casilla Gearrin Strickland 6/24/16


* = closer-by-committee


Trevor Rosenthal on the verge of being demoted

June 25, 2016

Texas Rangers – In a bit of a surprise, it was Jake Diekman who was brought in to protect a 3 run lead instead of Sam Dyson. Diekman couldn’t convert the save, and was pulled after getting 2 outs. Matt Bush replaced him and immediately gave up the a home run to tie it, and later gave up the winning run on a wild pitch. After the game, Jeff Banister said that Dyson was fine, but needed a break after pitching on 12 of the last 20 days. This probably solidifies Dyson’s role in the bullpen, but if Banister continues to rest his top players we could see Diekman pick up a few more vulture saves.

Hierarchy remains: Dyson | Diekman | Bush.

Boston Red Sox – As predicted in the Vulture Save Watch, Koji Uehara picked up a save after his counterparts on the Rangers failed to get the job done. Uehara pitched a clean 9th inning to pick up his 2nd save of the year.

Hierarchy remains: Kimbrel | Uehara | Tazawa.

St. Louis Cardinals – Trevor Rosenthal was handed a 1 run lead in the 9th inning, and took the loss after giving up 3 runs without recording an out. This ballooned his ERA to 5.63 on the year, and an absurd 14.14 in June. Rosenthal’s struggles this year have been blamed on a lack of work, and this is only his 3rd blown save on the year, but the fire under his seat is red hot, with at least some speculation that he is already finished as the closer. Mike Matheny has been committed to Rosenthal through his struggles this year, but gave a pretty reserved non-answer when asked about his role going forward, saying he needs to “figure it out.” Seung Hwan Oh pitched the 8th ahead of Rosenthal, and Kevin Siegrist was seen warming up before the walkoff homer by Adam Lind. Oh has been excellent recently, giving up only 1 run in his last 14 outings, and based on his recent use and his righthandedness we think he might have a slight edge over Siegrist if a closer change happens. But Siegrist is certainly no slouch and has gotten his share of 8th inning opportunities this year as well, so a committee could be in order. Regardless, this may be the last chance you have to grab them before Matheny makes a change official.

Updated hierarchy: Rosenthal | Oh | Siegrist.

1. Hunter Strickland, San Francisco Giants – Both Santiago Casilla and Cory Gearrin have gone three straight.
2. Zach Duke, Chicago White Sox – Both David Robertson and Nate Jones have gone in back to back games and have appeared in five of the last six.
3. Jason Motte, Colorado Rockies – Carlos Estevez has gone in back to back games and four of five.
4. Sean Doolittle, Oakland A’s – Ryan Madson has gone back to back and three of four.
5. Addison Reed, New York Mets – Jeurys Familia has gone in three of the last four, and his outing last night spanned two innings as he entered in the 8th to get the final four outs.