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Cincinnati Reds Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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Previous updates:

March 26, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – The eighth inning is wide open for the Reds, according to manager Bryan Price, who named no fewer than five possibilities for set-up work. We’ll leave things the way they are until the situation clears up, but one intriguing option Price didn’t mention is lefty Tony Cingrani, who may find a welcoming home in the bullpen.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Diaz | LeCure.

March 8, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds bullpen has a fantasy monster in closer Aroldis Chapman. When healthy, he is the most dominant relief pitcher in the game, and will rack up K’s as quickly as some starting pitchers. Behind him, Cincy is a bit of a mess. Jumbo Diaz was a solid option for them last year, and will likely start with the 8th inning duties, but he doesn’t have overpowering stuff. Sam LeCure was a consistent performer last year, but despite injuries and poor performances around him, he only found himself in 2 save opportunities all season. Newly acquired Kevin Gregg has closing experience, but at 38 and coming off an injury, he will have to prove himself before he gets the call. Sean Marshall was supposed to be the primary left hander, but injuries last year and a recent setback in his recovery have slowed his return. Finally, J.J. Hoover is trying to forget his 2014 campaign, and the early returns are solid, striking out the side in his first appearance in spring training. With a multitude of options, nobody really stands out. The best bets for holds early on are Diaz and LeCure. If Marshall and Gregg can recover from their injuries, or if Hoover regains some of his form, then they could run away with the set up job, but nothing but an injury is going to unseat the Cuban Missile in the closer role.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Chapman | Diaz | LeCure
Primary holds candidates – Diaz, LeCure.

September 1, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan Broxton’s departure elevates Jumbo Diaz into a set-up role, while Sam LeCure could see a few 7th inning holds.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Diaz | LeCure.

August 25, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds entered the 9th inning on Sunday with a four-run lead, but Logan Ondrusek couldn’t quite close the door and allowed two runs to score before Jonathan Broxton came in to get the last out. Broxton picked up his 5th save of the season and remains the handcuff for Aroldis Chapman, who got the day off.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Broxton | Diaz.

August 22, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman owners can breathe a cautious sigh of relief for now — Chapman got an inning of work in yesterday’s blowout and appeared totally fine, striking out two in a 1-2-3 frame. We’ll keep an eye on him going forward, but this was a good sign.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Broxton | Diaz.

August 20, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — It’s time to worry about Aroldis Chapman. The fireballing lefthander is day-to-day with an “achy” shoulder, which we learned about after Chapman walked all four men he faced on Sunday. Jonathan Broxton would be the beneficiary of any extended rest for the closer, and with the team’s playoff hopes dwindling by the day, there is little to be gained by pushing their star to pitch through pain. In other news, Jumbo Diaz has moved ahead of Sam LeCure to enter our hierarchy for the first time, and J.J. Hoover picked up his tenth loss of the year, tying the team record for relievers.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Broxton | Diaz.

August 16, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman picked up his 26th save of the season last night.  However, it was a little bittersweet as Chapman failed to record a strikeout for the first time in almost a year.  Chapman’s record 49 straight games with a strikeout as a reliever beat the previous record by ten games.  Chances are he will start a new streak in his next appearance.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Broxton | LeCure.

July 16, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman says he’s fine after last night’s All-Star Game injury scare, and the contending Reds don’t need any bullpen help. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

July 8, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman was warming up to enter the ninth inning on Monday night before the Reds tacked on three runs in the bottom half of the eighth. He is available after his hamstring tweak and can be expected to get the Reds’ next save opportunity.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Broxton | LeCure.

July 7, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman tweaked a hamstring at some point leading up to Sunday’s game, so Jonathan Broxton got the save for the Reds. Bryan Price expects Chapman to be back in short order.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Broxton | LeCure.

May 20, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — Aroldis Chapman suffered his first blown save of the season on Monday, but stayed in for a 1-2-3 10th inning in a 15-frame victory for the Reds. His job is not in jeopardy, though he is likely to get a night off after throwing 29 pitches.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Broxton | LeCure.

May 11, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — The Reds officially activated Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list before yesterday’s game, and manager Bryan Price has said that he won’t hesitate to go to Chapman in a save opportunity. Hierarchy change: Aroldis Chapman to Closer, Jonathan Broxton to Set-Up, Sam LeCure to 2nd in line.

May 10, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — Jonathan Broxton recorded his first blown save of the season last night.  Closer Aroldis Chapman could be activated as soon as today so Broxton’s days as closer are close to coming to an end anyway.  No hierarchy change.

May 7, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — The Norfolk Tides had Aroldis Chapman’s number on Tuesday afternoon, picking up five runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Chapman was a botched double play away from escaping the inning at 1-0, however, and he could rejoin the Reds this weekendNo hierarchy change.

April 25, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Sam LeCure struck out the side in the 8th inning last night and lowered his ERA under 1.00 on the season.  Manny Parra picked up a save earlier this season but has given up runs in 3 of his last 4 appearances.    On another note, closer Aroldis Chapman threw batting practice.  He is scheduled to throw BP again on Saturday and could head out on a rehab assignment after that.  Hierarchy change: Sam LeCure to Set-up, replacing Manny Parra.

April 20, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Sean Marshall was activated from the disabled list yesterday, and will give the Reds a strong pair of lefties in the back end of their bullpen.  Marshall probably won’t immediately jump Manny Parra, who is having the best year of his career so far, but the duo will give the Reds the opportunity to play match ups at will in the late innings, with Sam LeCure continuing to figure in the mix for 7th and 8th inning holds.  Hierarchy change: Manny Parra to Set-up, Sean Marshall to 2nd in line.

April 16, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — Jonathon Broxton picked up his first save of the year on Tuesday night, cementing his hold on Cincy’s closer job until the return of Aroldis Chapman. On Monday, Chapman threw off a mound for the first time since his injury, and the Reds are cautiously optimistic. No hierarchy change.

April 12, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — Jonathon Broxton got his first work of the season last night, pitching a scoreless ninth inning with 2 Ks. Manager Bryan Price previously said that he didn’t want to use Broxton in a save situation for his first appearance. Now that Broxton has gotten that first inning out of the way he should see the save opportunities until Aroldis Chapman is able to return. Speaking of Chapman, he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday. No hierarchy change.

April 9, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — Jonathan Broxton was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, and though manager Bryan Price says he would like to let him “get his feet wet” before returning him to the ninth, it’s clear that he will be the Reds’ closer going forward. Meanwhile, J.J. Hoover entered in the seventh inning with Cincinnati trailing, and appears to have fallen behind the other members of the team’s short-lived closer committee. Hierarchy change: Jonathan Broxton to Closer, replacing J.J. Hoover.

April 7, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Manny Parra pitched the 8th inning for the Reds in a 1-run game on Sunday, and then, with two lefties due up in the 9th, stayed on and picked up his first career save.  With Jonathan Broxton due to be activated as early as tomorrow, Parra probably won’t be getting many more opportunities, but the lefty is off to a fine start this season, having logged 4.2 scoreless innings.  Hierarchy change: Manny Parra to 2nd in line, replacing Logan Ondrusek.

April 6, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – J.J. Hoover blew his first save opportunity of the season yesterday as he gave up a walk-off grand slam to Ike Davis. Jonathan Broxton should be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and immediately take over as closer. No hierarchy change.

April 3, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – J.J. Hoover’s run as the probably-closer will last for only one more week or so.  Jonathan Broxton, who pitched in several spring games but started the season on the DL, is getting ready to make his debut, and should be back within a week.  Bryan Price has already tapped the hard-throwing righty to close games once he gets settled in.  No hierarchy change.

March 21, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — Jonathan Broxton will pitch again today, but manager Bryan Price announced this morning that Broxton will also start the season on the disabled list, removing all obstacles between J.J. Hoover and the ninth inning — although Price won’t anoint a specific closer. The manager’s comments suggest that Broxton will have the inside track at the job if his DL stint is as short as expected. With Sean Marshall also banged up to start the year and Alfredo Simon moving to the starting rotation, Logan Ondrusek will see some high-leverage action, with Manny Parra called on to face lefties. Hierarchy change: J.J. Hoover to Closer, Sam LeCure to Set-Up, Logan Ondrusek to 2nd in line, Jonathan Broxton injured.

March 20, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — UPDATE (12:38 PM):, NBC Sports, and the Cincinnati Enquirer are reporting that Aroldis Chapman suffered a “mild concussion,” will have surgery for his facial fractures today (including the insertion of a plate), and is expected to return in six to eight weeks.

Wednesday’s game between the Reds and Royals was called off after Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face (WARNING: video may be disturbing) with a line drive. X-rays indicated fractures above his left eye and nose. Chapman will undergo further testing, and is a sure bet to begin the 2014 season on the disabled list. After Jonathan Broxton’s successful spring debut, we think he is most likely to take over the closer role, with J.J. Hoover, Sam LeCure, and Sean Marshall close behind. Hierarchy change: Jonathan Broxton to Closer, Aroldis Chapman injured.

March 13, 2014
Cincinnati Reds — Aroldis Chapman has perhaps the best pure stuff in the game, although he walked a few more men than normal last year. Ranked #2 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 9, 2014
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman is already one of the best closers in baseball and could be even better this year now that he feels more at home off the field.  J.J. Hoover and Sam LeCure will see time in the 7th and 8th innings.  Jonathan Broxton is working his way back from injury but could factor into the late innings if he proves he is healthy.   Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – Aroldis Chapman, Set-up – J.J. Hoover, 2nd in line – Sam LeCure.

September 17, 2013
Cincinnati Reds — Sean Marshall returned to Cincinnati on Monday, but after four months off, he’ll be the third lefty out of the Reds’ pen. No hierarchy change.

September 10, 2013
Cincinnati Reds — Lefty Sean Marshall, on the DL since late May with shoulder trouble, pitched a simulated game on Tuesday and could be back with the Reds this week. No hierarchy change.

August 23, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Despite listing two Cincinnati relievers in the Vulture Save Watch space yesterday, we missed on the Reds one-night closer, as Sam LeCure got the call in the 9th inning.  Before the game, it was revealed that Jonathan Broxton was experiencing forearm soreness, and is likely out for the season.  J.J. Hoover, meanwhile, got the night off after pitching in three straight, leaving the job to LeCure, who may see more late-inning work with Broxton out.  Hierarchy change: J.J. Hoover to Set-up, Sam LeCure to 2nd in line.

August 16, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan Broxton got the last two outs of the 8th inning last night with the Reds up 1.  Broxton has now made four scoreless appearances since returning from the DL.  Hierarchy change: Jonathan Broxton to Set-up,  J.J. Hoover to 2nd in line.

August 13, 2013
Cincinnati Reds — Aroldis Chapman struck out the side for the second straight day, and has now K’d 12 of the last 15 batters he’s faced. News flash: this guy’s pretty good. No hierarchy change.

August 8, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan Broxton was activated from the DL yesterday.  Given his past closing experience, he’ll likely be considered for any saves when Aroldis Chapman is unavailable, but he’ll have to show something formidable to unseat J.J. Hoover from the set-up role, as Hoover has now thrown 21.2 consecutive scoreless innings.  Hierarchy change: Jonathan Broxton to 2nd in line, replacing Manny Parra.

August 7, 2013
Cincinnati Reds — While J.J. Hoover has picked up three high-leverage eighth-inning holds over the past nine days, Sam LeCure has been consistently used with the team behind, including in a four-run, five-hit debacle on Sunday. Hierarchy change: J.J. Hoover to Set-up, replacing Sam LeCure.

July 26, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – On June 7, Manny Parra had a 7.71 ERA, a 2.40 WHIP, and seemed to be on the verge of losing his job.  But since then, he’s rattled off 18 straight scoreless appearances, turning himself into the go-to lefty in the Cincinnati bullpen.  It hasn’t been a fluke — during his dominant stretch, he’s struck out 17 hitters while walking only three — and last night, he was summoned to finish off the 8th inning, earning his sixth hold of the season.  Hierarchy change: Manny Parra to 2nd in line, replacing J.J. Hoover.

July 18, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Cincinnati’s bullpen has been excellent lately, and Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton are expected to return from the DL soon; the Reds don’t need to make a move in this areaTRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

June 30, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds placed Johnny Cueto on the DL on Friday, and Tony Cingrani will take his spot in the rotation.  J.J. Hoover picked up the win yesterday and should see more time in the late innings.  Hierarchy change: J.J. Hoover to 2nd in line, replacing Tony Cingrani.

June 22, 2013
Cincinnati Reds — J.J. Hoover was brought on in the 5th inning on Friday and his usage has been all over the place this season.  Tony Cingrani has made three scoreless appearances since moving to the bullpen and clearly has the stuff to pitch at the back end of games if he isn’t need as a starter. Hierarchy change: Tony Cingrani to 2nd in line, replacing J.J. Hoover.

June 18, 2013
Cincinnati Reds — After Johnny Cueto’s successful return from the disabled list on Sunday, Dusty Baker and the Reds had to decide what to do with their sixth starter, talented young lefty Tony Cingrani. On Monday, Baker announced they would move Cingrani to the bullpen — a move the Reds may look into patenting — and he promptly got two high-leverage outs in a tight eighth inning. Cingrani is too valuable a starter to use in relief over the long term, but given the injuries to Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall, his presence in the bullpen will be a welcome one as long as it lasts. No hierarchy change.

June 17, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Alfredo Simon picked up a three-inning save with an impressive, 6-strikeout outing on Sunday.  He’s had a solid year, but only has two holds on the season to this point, and is unlikely to break in to the usual late-inning hierarchy, even with Jonathan Broxton on the shelf.  No hierarchy change.

June 16, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan Broxton was finally put on the DL Saturday with a right forearm injury.  Sam LeCure should see time in the set-up role while Broxton is out.   Hierarchy change: Sam LeCure to Set-up,  J.J. Hoover to 2nd in line, Jonathan Broxton to DL.

June 14, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan Broxton was supposed to have the night off on Thursday, but was pressed into duty when the Reds game stretched into the 14th inning.  He ultimately took the loss, allowing a run on two hits and a walk.  Broxton confirmed after the game that he was hurting a bit, and this wasn’t an issue of overuse — he’d had three days off prior to yesterday.  Broxton’s fastball velocity is down this year, and after last night, his ERA sits at 4.33.  If he’s now dealing with arm trouble, then Sam LeCure could be inheriting the 8th inning role soon.  No hierarchy change.

June 5, 2013
Cincinnati Reds — Although Sam LeCure gave up a two-run homer that gave the Rockies the lead, the blast broke a 10-game, 9.2-inning streak in which he had allowed no runs and only one hit. LeCure is still a strong third option in the Reds bullpen. Hierarchy change: Sam LeCure to 2nd in line, replacing J.J. Hoover.

May 17, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman took a tough blown save last night, taking over for Mat Latos in the 9th with a 1-run lead and a runner on 3rd with 1 out.  Chapman allowed the runner to score, and after the Reds retook the lead in the 10th, it was J.J. Hoover who closed the game out.  Hoover was warming when the game was still 2-2, so this isn’t an indication that he’s passed Jonathan Broxton on the depth chart.  But, due to various game circumstances, he’s now picked up 3 saves in May and deserves a place on the Reds depth chart.  Hierarchy change: J.J. Hoover to 2nd in line, replacing Sean Marshall.

May 6, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – After pitching in back to back games, both Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton got the day off on Sunday, and the Reds played matchups in the late innings to protect a three-run lead, with Sean Marshall in the 8th and J.J. Hoover in the 9th.  This was Hoover’s 2nd save in three days, but he won’t likely see many more opportunities.  No hierarchy change.

May 4, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – J.J. Hoover got a one out save last night.  Aroldis Chapman started the 9th with a 4 run lead and gave up 3 runs before being replaced by J.J. Hoover, who struck out Darwin Barney to end the game.  No hierarchy change.

April 28, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Sean Marshall returned from the DL and pitched a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts last night.  Look for Marshall to slide back into that late inning role for the Reds and could be an option to close when Chapman needs a day off depending on the matchups.   Hierarchy change: Sean Marshall to 2nd in line, replacing Sam LeCure.

April 12, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – After not pitching for the first week of the season, the Reds finally put Sean Marshall on the DL earlier this week.  Sam LeCure has been pitching in some important spots thus far, and has started the season having allowed only 1 run in 5 innings.  Hierarchy change: Sam LeCure to 2nd in line, Sean Marshall to DL. 

April 5, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman picked up his first save of the year, and Sean Marshall, who has been kept out this season due to shoulder soreness, announced that he expected to be back for Friday night’s game against the Nationals.  No hierarchy change.

March 24, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds have announced that Aroldis Chapman will be their closer.  Chapman said earlier in the spring that he’d prefer to close, and apparently Dusty Baker wanted to keep him in the bullpen.  With both player and coach in the same corner, the higher-ups in the Reds organization that wanted Chapman to start eventually backed down, allowing the young Cuban to return to his 9th inning role.  Jonathan Broxton’s value takes a huge hit.  Hierarchy change: Aroldis Chapman to Closer, Jonathan Broxton to Set-up, Sean Marshsall to 2nd in line.

March 20, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – All spring, it seemed that Aroldis Chapman would become a starting pitcher, but recently Chapman has been saying that he’d prefer to close, and he has Dusty Baker in his corner.  The Reds front office has been pushing for Chapman to move to the rotation, so his status remains up in the air as the Cincinnati decision-makers argue amongst themselves.  Jonathan Broxton remains the only option to close if Chapman’s destination is the rotation.  No hierarchy change.

March 7, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – All signs point to Aroldis Chapman heading to the rotation.  Even Mike Leake, who has pitched well so far this spring, told the Dayton Daily News that he thinks Chapman will win the 5th starter’s spot.  Jonathan Broxton will close, while Sean Marshall sets up.  Hierarchy change: Jonathan Broxton to Closer, Sean Marshall to Set-up, Jose Arredondo to 2nd in line.

February 24, 2013
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds are keeping ambiguous their intentions with Aroldis Chapman.  Until they say otherwise, Chapman should still be expected to close.  Jonathan Broxton will be the 9th inning man if Chapman is moved to the rotation.  Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Aroldis Chapman, Set-up- Jonathan Broxton, 2nd in line- Sean Marshall. 

September 21, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – As predicted, the Reds gave Jonathan Broxton the night off — but it was Alfredo Simon who picked up the save in Aroldis Chapman’s continued absence. No hierarchy change.

September 20, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Another night, another save for Jonathan Broxton. Aroldis Chapman told reporters that his fatigued shoulder “feels good,” but also said he could need two or three more sessions in the bullpen to regain his command. No hierarchy change.

September 19, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan Broxton picked up his third NL save in Aroldis Chapman’s absence on Tuesday. Chapman is throwing a bullpen session today and could resume closing shortly, but Broxton is worth holding on to in case the Reds shut the hard-throwing lefty down until the playoffs. No hierarchy change.

September 17, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan Broxton picked up his second NL save on Sunday. Aroldis Chapman will be sidelined for a few more days with a tired arm. No hierarchy change.

September 13, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan Broxton had pitched in four of the past five games, so the Reds used young J.J. Hoover in a one-run ninth. No hierarchy change.

September 12, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – After Aroldis Chapman’s last outing, when even his best fastball was clocked several miles per hour slower than it had been all year, the Reds became concerned that the flame throwing lefty may be injured. Fortunately, a scan revealed nothing serious, but Chapman will likely be shut down for a week or so to recover. Jonathan Broxton should see save opportunities in his place over the next few days; he picked up his first National League save of the year on Tuesday. No hierarchy change.

August 2, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – In Wednesday’s game, the Reds used newly-acquired Jonathan Broxton for the 8th inning after Sean Marshall pitched the 7th. It appears Broxton is now the man to get saves on days when Aroldis Chapman is unavailable. Hierarchy change: Jonathan Broxton to Set-up, Sean Marshall to 2nd in line.

August 1, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds acquired Royals closer Jonathan Broxton on Tuesday. Aroldis Chapman will remain the closer, while Broxton will share the 8th inning role with Sean Marshall. Hierarchy change: Jonathan Broxton to 2nd in line, replacing Logan Ondrusek.

July 12, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman, despite some recent road bumps, is locked in to the closer role for the remainder of the year. Sean Marshall has also been rock solid in the 8th inning role. If the Reds look to make a trade, it won’t affect the bullpen. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

June 25, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman surrendered a walkoff HR on Sunday, and has now given 8 runs in his last 6.1 innings. Chapman still has spectacular season-long numbers, but if he blows another save, Dusty Baker could go back to Sean Marshall, who has a 0.79 ERA in June and has given up just 1 run in his last 17 appearances. Aroldis Chapman to Hot Seat.

June 18, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman was available on Sunday, but had pitched in three of the past four games. Wanting to give his closer some rest, Dusty Baker went to Sean Marshall, who picked up the save. No hierarchy change.

June 2, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Logan Ondrusek pitched the 8th setting up Aroldis Chapman for the save. Ondrusek continues to have a solid season for the Reds and got the save the last time Chapman was unavailable. Hierarchy change: Logan Ondrusek to 2nd in line, replacing Jose Arredondo.

May 25, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – With Aroldis Chapman and Jose Arredondo unavailable, the Reds played match-ups in the late-innings on Thursday. Sean Marshall pitched the 8th, and Logan Ondrusek pitched the 9th for his second save of the year. No hierarchy change.

May 24, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Jose Arredondo pitched 1.1 innings on Wednesday, bridging the gap to closer Aroldis Chapman. Logan Ondrusek has struggled as of late (7.04 ERA in May) and Dusty Baker has been looking to Arredondo more as his late-innings righty. Hierarchy change: Jose Arredondo to 2nd in line, replacing Logan Ondrusek.

May 22, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Sean Marshall got a one-out save on Monday. As noted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Aroldis Chapman had pitched in four of the last five, and had the night off. No hierarchy change.

May 21, 2012
Cincinnati RedsDusty Baker said before Sunday’s game that Aroldis Chapman was his new closer, then sent him out for the 9th inning against the Yankees where the hard-throwing lefty recorded his first save. Logan Ondrusek and Sean Marshall will share eighth-inning duties. Hierarchy change: Aroldis Chapman to Closer, Sean Marshall to Set-up.

May 20, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Sean Marshall had to be bailed out again yesterday, as Jose Arredondo was summoned to record the game’s final two outs. After the game, Dusty Baker told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he was considering giving the closer job to Aroldis Chapman. “Who knows – maybe graduation time is here?” Baker said of Chapman. “We’re got to discuss it, talk about it.” Even if Marshall keeps the job, he’ll remain on a blazing Hot Seat, but the Reds clearly could look elsewhere sooner rather than later. No hierarchy change.

May 10, 2012
Cincinnati Reds – Sean Marshall had a rough outing yesterday and was lifted by Dusty Baker in favor of Logan Ondrusek, who got the game’s final out and the save. Marshall has been serviceable as closer this year; he has a 4.91 ERA and is 5 for 6 in save opportunities (for yesterday’s meltdown, he actually got a hold). But set-up men Aroldis Chapman and Ondrusek are both sporting perfect 0.00 ERAs, and some fans in Cincinnati are already clamoring for a switch. Sean Marshall to Hot Seat.

April 14, 2012
Cincinnati Reds
– Logan Ondrusek pitched 1.2 scoreless innings last night and has yet to give up a run this season. He replaces the injured Nick Massett and moves to second in line behind Marshall and Chapman. Hierarchy change: Logan Ondrusek to 2nd in line, replacing Nick Massett.

April 1, 2012
Cincinnati Reds- With Ryan Madson out for the year, the Reds will turn to Sean Marshall to close out games. His injury might force Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen for another year, with Masset picking up the scraps when he is back healthy. Should the Reds make a playoff run, they could deal for an established closer if any of these guys struggle. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Sean Marshall, Set-up- Aroldis Chapman, 2nd in line- Nick Masset.

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