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New York Yankees Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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Previous updates:

March 18, 2015
New York Yankees – Though Joe Girardi said the closer role would be determined by a spring training competition between Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, most of the speculation was that Betances would be the guy. (Which is why we ranked him so highly on our preseason closer rankings.) We still don’t have a definitive answer, but nothing drastic has changed; Betances is still the frontrunner and likely closer for the Bombers.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Miller | Carpenter.

March 6, 2015
New York Yankees — With David Robertson departed to the AL Central, the Yankees went out and got Andrew Miller. However, despite a $36 million deal, Miller isn’t the team’s closer . . . at least not yet. He’s in a battle for the job with Dellin Betances, who impressed last year with a 1.40 ERA, setting the Yankee record for strikeouts by a reliever with 135. Betances has terrific stuff and is probably the better pitcher, but it’s possible that Joe Girardi uses him more strategically, in the highest-leverage spots. Girardi could even platoon the two based on matchups. Former Brave David Carpenter projects to be the seventh-inning guy.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Betances | Miller | Carpenter.
Holds candidates: Carpenter, Adam Warren.

September 26, 2014
New York Yankees – So it turns out that baseball is totally rigged, and last night, David Robertson owners were the victims. Robertson’s role in “Yeah Jeets!: The Play” was to ensure that Derek Jeter got a final at bat, which meant a brutal blown save which included two home runs. In all seriousness, the Yankee brass should definitely mull the Robertson vs Betances question in the offseason. Robertson has been OK, but not great, all season, while Betances has had one of the best seasons for a reliever of all time.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

September 20, 2014
New York Yankees — Adam Warren recorded his third save of the season last night.  David Robertson and Dellin Betances were both given the night after pitching back-to-back games.

Update hierarchy: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

September 18, 2014
New York Yankees — Dellin Betances surpassed some Mariano Rivera guy on Wednesday to set a Yankees record for strikeouts by a reliever (132), and he did it in 20 fewer innings. Because of Masahiro Tanaka’s injury, Betances is now only three Ks away from leading the entire team.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Kelley.

August 20, 2014
New York Yankees — The Yankees have had to cobble things together at almost every position, but the bullpen had remained a strength — until recently. Aside from the still-otherworldly Dellin Betances, no Yankee reliever has pitched well since the All-Star break. After a lights-out April and May, Adam Warren has struggled recently, and he saw more than a week go by between his last two outings. Shawn Kelley’s stats aren’t much better, but he seems to be the reliever that Joe Girardi trusts most in the seventh these days.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Betances | Kelley.

July 15, 2014
New York Yankees – Closer David Robertson is in the final year of his contract, but even with Dellin Betances lurking behind him, the Yankees are still in the playoff race and should stand pat with their bullpen with other more pressing needs elsewhere. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None

July 8, 2014
New York Yankees – After throwing 21 pitches on Sunday, David Robertson got Monday night off. That paved the way for All-Star Dellin Betances to collect his first career save.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

June 20, 2014
New York Yankees – With most of New York’s top relievers needing a night off, Adam Warren picked up a 2-out save on Thursday.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

June 11, 2014
New York Yankees — Shawn Kelley will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, but Joe Girardi will be careful with him for a while, avoiding use in back-to-back games. Dellin Betances and Adam Warren have been exemplary in Kelley’s absence.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

June 7, 2014
New York Yankees — Protecting a 2 run lead in the 8th inning, the Yankees called on Dellin Betances.  He pitched a clean inning, with 2 Ks, and picked up his 8th hold of the season.  Betances now has a ridiculous 61 Ks in 36 innings this season and is turning into a dominant set-up man for the Yankees.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

May 14, 2014
New York Yankees — Shawn Kelley was placed on the DL with a lower back injury, retroactive to May 7; this will force Joe Girardi to lean on Adam Warren and Dellin Betances even more.

Hierarchy change: Robertson | Warren | Betances.

April 23, 2014
New York Yankees — As we let you know on Tuesday morning, David Robertson has returned from the disabled listHierarchy change: David Robertson to Closer, Shawn Kelley to Set-up, Adam Warren to 2nd in line.

April 11, 2014
New York Yankees – With both Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren unavailable, David Phelps picked up his 2nd career save, throwing a spotless 2.1 innings with 3 Ks.  With the rest of the bullpen now rested, Phelps will return to his swingman role and is unlikely to see many more late game appearances.  No hierarchy change.

April 7, 2014
New York Yankees – David Robertson sustained an injured groin and is going on the disabled list.  For what it’s worth, Robertson only expects to miss the minimum 15 days.  Hierarchy change: Shawn Kelley to Closer, Adam Warren to Set-up, Matt Thornton to 2nd in line.

April 4, 2014
New York Yankees — Adam Warren made an excellent debut in a high-leverage spot, before yielding to Shawn Kelley and new closer David Robertson. Hierarchy change: Adam Warren to 2nd in line, replacing Matt Thornton.

March 13, 2014
New York Yankees — As the post-Mo era begins in the Bronx, we think David Robertson will exhibit the talent to be a top-tier closer option, especially if he can improve his efficiency. Ranked #9 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 11, 2014
New York Yankees – The ninth inning for the Yankees will look decidedly different in 2014 with the retirement of the legendary Mariano Rivera, and David Robertson will have some giant shoes to fill as the team’s new closer. The rest of the bullpen is full of question marks, with Shawn Kelley seemingly favored by manager Joe Girardi as the eight-inning option. Matt Thornton will be the team’s lefty specialist and will see time in the seventh. Dellin Betances has impressed this spring and Preston Claiborne will also be someone to watch.   Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – David Robertson, Set-up – Shawn Kelley, 2nd in line – Matt Thornton.

September 29, 2013
New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer of all time, will not pitch again this season.  He finishes his final season with 44 saves.  David Robertson will take over as closer and certainly has some big shoes to fill.   No hierarchy change.

September 28, 2013
New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera got the night off after his emotional final outing in Yankee Stadium.  David Robertson retired the Astros in order (which isn’t hard to do) for his 3rd save of the season.  There are rumors that Mariano could play center field this weekend so Robertson could see more saves.  No hierarchy change.

September 12, 2013
New York Yankees – David Robertson returned to action yesterday, pitching the 8th inning and picking up a win.  Hierarchy change: David Robertson to Set-up, Shawn Kelley to 2nd in line.

September 11, 2013
New York Yankees — David Robertson could return from his right shoulder tendinitis within the next few days, but it might be a few days longer for Boone Logan, who needed a cortisone shot in his left elbow over the weekend. Without their top set-up guys, New York is relying on Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren, and summoning Mariano Rivera for multi-inning save chances whenever necessary. Hierarchy change: Shawn Kelley to Set-up, Adam Warren to 2nd in line, David Robertson and Boone Logan injured.

September 7, 2013
New York Yankees – The Yankees bullpen gave up 9 runs in a loss last night.  More bad news for the Yankees as David Robertson is expected to miss 5-6 days with a sore shoulder.  No hierarchy change.

August 23, 2013
New York Yankees – As mentioned in the Vulture Save Watch, David Robertson picked up a save in Mariano Rivera’s absence on Thursday.  No hierarchy change.

August 13, 2013
New York Yankees — As we suspected, Mo Rivera got a night off on Monday, and although David Robertson didn’t make it easy — surrendering three baserunners and allowing an inherited run to score — he ultimately picked up his first save of the season. No hierarchy change.

August 12, 2013
New York Yankees – Most closers who blow three consecutive save chances would be destined for a trip to the Hot Seat.  But Mariano Rivera, who completed the third leg of that ignominious feat on Sunday, would probably have to double, or maybe even triple, his current streak of blown saves in order for the Yankees to consider derailing his farewell tour.  No hierarchy change.

July 22, 2013
New York Yankees — Joba Chamberlain’s continued struggles have once again dropped him below Boone Logan on the Yankees’ depth chart; Logan struck out the side in a tied seventh inning on Sunday at Fenway. Hierarchy change: Boone Logan to 2nd in line, replacing Joba Chamberlain.

July 17, 2013
New York Yankees — With all the injuries stalking the Bronx this season (including a 97 MPH All-Star Game fastball to Robinson Cano’s quadriceps), the late innings are the least of Joe Girardi’s concerns. Although New York could always add a setup arm, there’s not a pitcher in the world who could derail Mariano Rivera’s farewell tour. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

May 29, 2013
New York Yankees — Joba Chamberlain was reactivated from the disabled list before Tuesday’s game. Although the Yankees’ pen has grown somewhat crowded in his absence, he should get a chance to regain his seventh-inning role. Hierarchy change: Joba Chamberlain to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

May 14, 2013
New York Yankees — Adam Warren picked up his first career save on Monday with four innings of two-hit ball. Although Warren entered in the 6th to protect a one-run lead, he presents as more of a long man or spot starter. No hierarchy change.

May 3, 2013
New York Yankees – Joba Chamberlain hit the DL yesterday with a strained right side.  Boone Logan will likely fill the 7th inning role in his absence.  Hierarchy change: Boone Logan to 2nd in line, Joba Chamberlain to DL.

April 28, 2013
New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera and David Robertson both got the night off after pitching in three of the previous four games.  Joba Chamberlain gave up a couple hits in the 9th but ultimately got the save.  No hierarchy change.

April 26, 2013
New York Yankees – After a rough start to the season, Joba Chamberlain has now put together six straight scoreless outings, spanning 5.2 innings.  He earned his second hold of the season yesterday, pitching the 7th inning ahead of David Robertson and Mariano Rivera.  Hierarchy change: Joba Chamberlain to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

February 24, 2013
New York Yankees – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Mariano Rivera Set-up- David Robertson, 2nd in line- Boone Logan. 

September 21, 2012
New York Yankees – The Yankees did indeed rest Rafael Soriano, but it was David Robertson who collected the save in his absence, striking out the side. No hierarchy change.

September 13, 2012
New York Yankees – For the second straight night, Boone Logan entered in the 7th and failed to retire the hitter he was summoned to face — and for the second straight night, it was Joba Chamberlain who relieved him and finished the inning. Hierarchy change: Joba Chamberlain to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

September 7, 2012
New York Yankees – It was a rough night for the Yankees bullpen, which surrendered four 8th inning runs in a loss to the Orioles. Boone Logan was among the relievers who were touched up, as he gave up a run without recording an out. But the lefty has been getting a lot of late inning opportunities in recent weeks, while Joba Chamberlain has been pitching early in games, or in blowouts. Hierarchy change: Boone Logan to 2nd in line, replacing Joba Chamberlain.

August 14, 2012
New York Yankees – Derek Lowe, just signed by the Yankees, picked up his first save since 2001, pitching the last four innings in an 8-2 victory for New York. Lowe does not factor in to the Yankees usual late-inning plans. No hierarchy change.

August 7, 2012
New York Yankees – On Monday, in his second big-league appearance of the year, Joba Chamberlain pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. Chamberlain was dominant in his rehab outings, logging a 0.96 ERA, 10 Ks and only 1 BB. Once he gets his feet under him in the big leagues, the Yankees are certain to use him in some high-leverage late-inning spots. Hierarchy change: Joba Chamberlain to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

July 13, 2012
New York Yankees – Rafael Soriano has been rock solid since taking over the 9th inning, while David Robertson has continued to be spectacular in any role other than closer. Any acquisitions the Yankees make are unlikely to affect their hierarchy. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

June 15, 2012
New York Yankees – The Yankees activated David Robertson from the DL on Thursday. Robertson is expected to return to a set-up role, but could challenge for the closer job if Rafael Soriano struggles. Hierarchy change: David Robertson to Set-up, Boone Logan to 2nd in line.

June 2, 2012
New York Yankees – David Robertson is still a few weeks away from returning but the Yankees have already said that Rafael Soriano will continue to close even after Robertson comes back. Robertson will likely go back to his 8th inning duties once he is healthy. Hierarchy change: David Robertson to Set-up (DL).

May 26, 2012
New York Yankees – With a three-run lead on Friday, the Yankees turned to Boone Logan, who pitched a breezy 8th inning ahead of Rafael Soriano. Logan (2.95 ERA, 28 Ks in 18.1 IPs) is establishing himself as the go-to set-up man in the Yankees beleaguered bullpen. Hierarchy change: Boone Logan to Set-up, Cory Wade to 2nd in line.

May 16, 2012
New York Yankees – David Robertson was placed on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain. Rafael Soriano will close until he returns. Hierarchy change: David Robertson to DL, Rafael Soriano to Closer, Cory Wade to Setup, Boone Logan to 2nd in line.

May 15, 2012
New York Yankees – Rafael Soriano picked up his 2nd save last night, as David Robertson revealed he has been dealing with a nagging injury since Friday. The young closer doesn’t think it’s too serious, but he will undergo an MRI today. No hierarchy change.

May 13, 2012
New York Yankees – Boone Logan picked up a save yesterday, throwing 1.1 innings in a game where the Yankees had a four-run lead. No hierarchy change.

May 11, 2012
New York Yankees – As noted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, David Robertson was unavailable on Thursday. Rafael Soriano got the save in his place, allowing one run in the 9th. No hierarchy change.

May 4, 2012
New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera tore his ACL while shagging fly balls during warmups before Thursday’s game. He’s out for the year and his career may be over. Rafael Soriano was used in the 8th inning yesterday with the Yankees down by a run, leaving little doubt that it will be David Robertson who steps in and attempts to fill Rivera’s big shoes. Hierarchy change: Mariano Rivera to DL, David Robertson to Closer, Rafael Soriano to Setup, Cory Wade to 2nd in line.

April 7, 2012
New York Yankees- David Robertson’s mild foot injury cost him some work early in spring training, and the Yankees hinted that Rafael Soriano would set up as a result, but Robertson appears to be fine; in their first game, the Yanks went with Soriano in the 7th and Robertson in the 8th. Hierarchy change: David Robertson to Set-up, Rafael Soriano to 2nd in line.

March 28, 2012
New York Yankees- Mariano Rivera enters what he says will be his last season. Rafael Soriano will pitch the 8th inning to start out, but if he struggles, David Robertson could re-assume the role he thrived in last season. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Mariano Rivera, Set-up- Rafael Soriano, 2nd in line- David Robertson.

Sept. 22, 2011
New York Yankees- Rafael Soriano picked up the save in the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader. Mariano Rivera had already pitched the day game, so he was given the night off. No hierarchy change.

Sept. 4, 2011
New York Yankees- David Robertson notched the save last night, as Rivera had pitched several games in a row. No hierarchy change.

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