Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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Previous updates:

July 26, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – Raisel Iglesias appears to have firmly established himself as the Reds’ go-to set-up man for closer Tony Cingrani. In his last two appearances, Iglesias has been perfect, taking care of the 7th and 8th innings each time. If you are in a holds league, Iglesias could be a big help in the stretch run.

Updated hierarchy: Cingrani | Iglesias | Ohlendorf.

July 16, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — Tony Cingrani came in to protect a two-run lead, but gave up a walk and a pair of singles, prompting Bryan Price to get Ross Ohlendorf warming. After a sacrifice bunt, another walk, and a foul out, Cingrani was lifted for Ohlendorf, who picked up the one-out save. Cingrani has been very good since taking the lead in the Cincinnati committee, but the Reds bullpen is still volatile, so don’t be surprised to see Ohlendorf snagging a few saves here and there.

Hierarchy remains: Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Iglesias.

July 2, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — Raisel Iglesias has found a home in the Reds bullpen, appearing in the seventh and eighth innings in his last two outings. Iglesias is not a typical relief prospect, throwing from multiple arm angles and relying on control and movement more than power, so it may take him a while to find a consistent role. With the Reds still setting records for bullpen futility, he’s one of the team’s better options.

Updated hierarchy: Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Iglesias.

June 23, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — Things are getting interesting in the Reds’ bullpen. J.J. Hoover was recalled, and Raisel Iglesias returned from a shoulder injury and entered the bullpen. Although Bryan Price said that he wants to start Iglesias off with some “soft landings,” if the team decides to keep him in relief, he could be a formidable late-innings weapon.

Hierarchy remains: Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Wood.

June 15, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – With Tony Cingrani having pitched a lot lately, Blake Wood got the call for the Reds in the 9th inning last night and he picked up his first save of the season. (Ahead of him, the just-recalled J.J. Hoover got the 7th and 8th.) It was a little surprising to see Wood and not Ross Ohlendorf, since Ohlendorf has had a slightly lighter workload lately, but it worked out for the Reds, who will likely continue to mix and match ahead of Cingrani going forward.

Hierarchy remains: Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Wood.

June 12, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – Ross Ohlendorf recorded his first save for the Reds yesterday.  Tony Cingrani pitched a perfect 8th with a switch hitter, who bats better against righties, and a lefty due up first.  Since Cingrani is the only lefty in the Reds’ bullpen this could happen occasionally, but he still should be considered the closer and receive the majority of save chances.

Hierarchy remains: Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Wood.

June 5, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – Tony Cingrani pitched a perfect ninth on Saturday and picked up his fifth save of the season.  Ross Ohlendorf pitched the eighth inning and gave up a run.  Cingrani is getting all the save chances in Cincinnati, and we will finally drop his asterisk.

Hierarchy remains: Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Wood.

May 31, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – Pitching in the bottom of the ninth up six runs, Tony Cingrani gave back three to the Rockies before getting yanked out of the game in favor of J.C. Ramirez. Ramirez stopped the bleeding, earning his first career save in the process. While the Reds’ bullpen continues to be a mess, we don’t expect Ramirez to play a significant role in the late innings. That said, we would not be surprised if this latest blow-up increases Ross Ohlendorf’s chances to get saves going forward.

Hierarchy remains: *Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Wood.

May 29, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – Tony Cingrani struck out the side in the ninth inning last night to record his fourth save of the season.  Ross Ohlendorf was warming up in the eighth but it was Cingrani who got the call in the ninth.  We aren’t quite ready to pull the asterisk based on Cingrani’s blown saves and his occasional usage prior to the ninth inning, but one more clean save and the committee could be over.

Hierarchy remains: *Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Wood.
* = closer-by-committee

May 19, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – The fire continues to burn in the Cincinnati bullpen. This time it was Tony Cingrani giving up a two-run homer to blow the save in the bottom of the 9th. The Reds’ bullpen is historically bad, and after heavy use in the first three games of this series, could use an easy day. Cingrani has seen the bulk of the save opportunities, but he is the only left-hander in the Reds bullpen, and this is still a committee. Ross Ohlendorf is the best right-handed option, but until somebody starts to run away with this job, you can expect us to continue to keep a close eye on this bullpen.

Hierarchy remains: *Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Wood.
* = closer-by-committee

May 10, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – Another day, another Reds update. Tony Cingrani picked up his second save of the season last night — and second consecutive for the Reds — in a classic, one-run save situation. He would be our choice to close out games, and we expect that he will lead the committee going forward.

Updated hierarchy: *Cingrani | Ohlendorf | Wood.
* = closer-by-committee

May 9, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – After Blake Wood gave up the tying run in the 7th inning, Ross Ohlendorf was summoned to keep the game tied in the 8th and immediately surrendered a go-ahead home run to Jonathan Lucroy. Ohlendorf and Tony Cingrani continue to be the most likely options to close for Cincinnati, with this outing perhaps giving the edge to the lefty.

Hierarchy remains: *Ohlendorf | Cingrani | Wood.
* = closer-by-committee

May 8, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — A day after the Reds’ bullpen ended their streak of consecutive games allowing a run, they decided to start a new streak. Caleb Cotham gave up five runs while recording no outs in the tenth inning.  Cotham has really struggled recently, giving up ten runs in his past five appearances. Blake Wood hasn’t allowed a run in his four May outings, and replaces Cotham on our hierarchy for now. The Reds also optioned J.J. Hoover to the minors.

Updated hierarchy: *Ohlendorf | Cingrani | Wood.
* = closer-by-committee

May 7, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — The Reds finally grabbed their second save of the year, after only 30 games. Tony Cingrani earned it by escaping an eighth-inning jam, then finishing things up in the ninth while Ross Ohlendorf warmed. With four scoreless innings, the bullpen’s record streak of consecutive games allowing a run ended at 23. After the game, Bryan Price praised Cingrani, but confirmed that he is not the team’s sole closer.

Hierarchy remains: *Ohlendorf | Cingrani | Cotham.
* = closer-by-committee

May 5, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – In the closest thing to a save situation that the Reds have seen recently, Ross Ohlendorf was sent out to protect a four-run lead. He managed to do that, but not only did he not earn a save for his trouble, he extended the streak of consecutive games in which the bullpen has given up a run. We see this as the way that Bryan Price will try to handle those rare late-inning leads, so if you are speculating on the Cincinnati committee, Ohlendorf seems to be the best bet. Tony Cingrani was used in the 7th and 8th innings and pitched well, while Caleb Cotham has struggled recently, so Cingrani moves up in our committee as well.

Updated hierarchy: *Ohlendorf | Cingrani | Cotham.
* = closer-by-committee

May 4, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds bullpen set a new major league record by allowing a run for a 21st straight game on Tuesday. So they have that going for them. Which is nice.

Hierarchy remains: *Ohlendorf | Cotham | Cingrani.
* = closer-by-committee

May 2, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – It continues to be tough to read into a bullpen as messy as this one, but it appeared that the Reds were attempting to bridge the gap to Ross Ohlendorf on Sunday, using Tony Cingrani to start the 7th inning, with Caleb Cotham coming in behind him. Of course, Cingrani and Cotham failed to protect the lead and Ohlendorf had to come in early, with just one out in the 8th, and then when the Reds retook the lead, Ohlendorf gave it right back in the 9th. But still, this might be an indication of the way they want to play it in the future. Speculators should continue to keep an eye out for Blake Wood, who earned the win after posting scoreless 10th and 11th innings.

Updated hierarchy: *Ohlendorf | Cotham | Cingrani.
* = closer-by-committee

April 25, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – Finally, a glimmer of hope for those who have stuck with J.J. Hoover this whole time: the embattled former closer says he’s been tipping his pitches, and thinks he’s corrected the problem. He backed this claim up with a scoreless outing on Sunday, and could re-enter the mix for 9th inning opportunities if he can post a few more zeroes.

Hierarchy remains: *Cingrani | Cotham | Ohlendorf.

April 24, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — Blake Wood pitched pretty well yesterday, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings.  However, the fact that he was brought on in the 5th inning with the Reds losing would suggest he isn’t likely to see any save chances soon.  Caleb Cotham, who had a 0.00 ERA coming into the night, pitched in the 7th and 8th innings and gave up five baserunners and two earned runs, so that’s not helping his chances of securing save opportunities.  Tony Cingrani got the last out of the 8th and then stayed on for a scoreless 9th to finish off a Reds’ blowout victory.  Since he pitched the best and latest in the game, we will move Cingrani to the top of the committee. Also, Wood drops off the hierarchy and we will throw Ross Ohlendorf on there for now (mostly because we like his old-school delivery).  The Reds bullpen is still a mess, and it will take some time to sort out roles, so we will continue to monitor usage and any comments from manager Bryan Price.

Updated hierarchy: *Cingrani | Cotham | Ohlendorf.
* = closer-by-committee

April 23, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — J.J. Hoover is having a very rough April. Even a relatively low-pressure outing, down three in the ninth, turned into a four-run, five-hit implosion. It’s unclear whether Hoover will still be on the team through the weekend, but we have to believe he’s not sniffing any save chances for a while. Blake Wood and Ross Ohlendorf should move up accordingly.

Updated hierarchy: *Cotham | Cingrani | Wood.
* = closer-by-committee

April 21, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — In a meeting with manager Bryan Price, JJ Hoover was told that he would not be the closer going forward, but could still see some save chances. The Reds’ bullpen has a league-worst 6.04 ERA, so this is likely to be a wide-open committee. Our best bet to take the lead, and potentially hold the job, is Caleb Cotham, who came over from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal, and has yet to give up an earned run this year. Price seems oddly committed to the idea of Hoover as closer, so he might get some save chances and keep a little value. Also in the mix will be Tony Cingrani, Blake Wood, and Ross Ohlendorf, none of whom are particularly attractive options. Cingrani is the only lefty in the Reds bullpen and may be used situationally. Wood saved 29 games for AAA Indianapolis last year, but has just one major league save. Ohlendorf picked up the win yesterday, but he has struggled with command early and sports an 8.22 ERA. Expect this to be a volatile committee which we will monitor closely going forward.

Updated hierarchy: *Cotham | Cingrani | Hoover.
* = closer-by-committee

April 20, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – JJ Hoover has been officially removed from the closer role following a dreadful start to the season. Bryan Price will use a closer-by-committee in the near future, which means any combination of Caleb Cotham, Tony Cingrani, Ross Ohlendorf, and Blake Wood could be used. We like Cotham best of this foursome. In deep leagues, Hoover should still be rostered as it sounds like he’ll still be part of the committee.

Updated hierarchy: *Cotham | Cingrani | Hoover.
* = closer-by-committee

April 20, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — It was quite the day for the Reds’ bullpen. The biggest news came after their 4-3 win, when manager Bryan Price said he would “sleep” on the closer situation. J.J. Hoover struggled again on Tuesday, allowing two runs in the ninth to bloat his ERA to 15.19. Assuming Hoover is out as closer after Price wakes up, Tony Cingrani is most likely to take the job. It certainly won’t be Jumbo Diaz, who was optioned to AAA before the game. It appears as if Caleb Cotham will replace Diaz, after a successful eighth inning on Tuesday that earned him his third hold of the season.

Updated hierarchy: Hoover | Cingrani | Cotham.

April 17, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — J.J. Hoover got his first save of the season yesterday, but it wasn’t pretty.  He gave up a two-run homer, and then put the tying run on base before finally shutting the door.  Manager Bryan Price is sticking with Hoover, but not necessarily because he wants to.  Every reliever in the bullpen has allowed at least one run this season and his other primary option, Jumbo Diaz, has also struggled.  Hoover is still the closer for now, but if any of the Reds’ relievers can put together a few good outings in a row, they could challenge Hoover for the job.

Hierarchy remains: Hoover | Diaz | Cingrani.

April 15, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — J.J. Hoover was terrible against the red-hot Cubs Thursday, getting tagged for five runs in just a third of an inning. Hoover, who hadn’t pitched since April 9, was getting work in the eighth inning down three runs. Between this appearance and the grand slam he gave up last week, the Cincy closer boasts a 16.88 ERA — but after the game, Bryan Price expressed confidence that Hoover would be sharp in his next outing. If he isn’t, that outing may be his last for a while.

Hierarchy remains: Hoover | Diaz | Cingrani.

April 12, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – Tony Cingrani and Jumbo Diaz both played a role in letting the lead slip away against the Cubs. The Reds bullpen fell apart trying to preserve the lead after Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. None of the Reds relievers have been particularly impressive in the early going, so expect the potential for shake-ups to be around the corner in Cincy.

Hierarchy remains: Hoover | Diaz | Cingrani.

April 10, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — J.J. Hoover rebounded on Saturday with a 1-2-3 9th inning to protect a four run victory.  Before the game, manager Bryan Price said that Hoover has earned the right to close out games based on what he has done in previous years.  We are still not sold on Hoover’s potential as the Reds closer this year but he seems secure in the role for now.

Hierarchy remains: Hoover | Diaz | Cingrani.

April 9, 2016
Cincinnati Reds — Few pitchers have good numbers with the bases loaded, but J.J. Hoover’s struggles are titanic. Last night he was summoned with three on with a chance for a four-out save, but instead surrendered a Papa Slam grand slam to earn the loss. Hoover will likely be featured in our first Hot Seat column next week.

Hierarchy remains: Hoover | Diaz | Cingrani.

March 2, 2016
Cincinnati Reds – The departure of (recently suspended) Aroldis Chapman leaves a void in the back end of the Reds bullpen. When Chapman missed time last year, Jumbo Diaz and JJ Hoover took most of the save opportunities with mixed results. Both relievers struggled, but both also had stretches of dominance. Hoover has been announced as the first one to take the closer’s role, but the Reds will have Diaz ready to take over if Hoover doesn’t start well. With the team in rebuilding mode, the bullpen is likely to be in flux all year, but Blake Wood and Tony Cingrani are likely to lead the charge in the middle innings. Wood has electric stuff, but struggles with command, while Cingrani was a top prospect as a starter, who will spend spring training prepping as a reliever. Both will get chances at the back end of the Reds bullpen, but are not likely to close as long as Hoover and Diaz are in the way.

Starting 2016 hierarchy: Hoover | Diaz | Cingrani.
Holds candidates: Diaz, Cingrani, Wood.

September 16, 2015
Cincinnati Reds — After Aroldis Chapman was unable to secure a five-out save and the Reds reclaimed their lead in the 10th, Jumbo Diaz shut the door for his first career save. It was Chapman’s third blown save of the season, and his first after walking a pinch-hitting World Series MVP pitcher.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Hoover | Diaz.

August 21, 2015
Cincinnati Reds — Aroldis Chapman has a stiff left shoulder that has left him unavailable since Tuesday. JJ Hoover, Jumbo Diaz, and Burke Badenhop (in that order) will become more relevant in the late innings as long as Aroldis is ailing.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Hoover | Diaz.

August 13, 2015
Cincinnati Reds — In the 7th inning the Reds turned to Jumbo Diaz to protect a 2 run lead. He has now had holds in two of his last three appearances, and has only given up 1 run since returning to the big leagues on July 18th. Meanwhile, Burke Badenhop has appeared in 3 straight losses. On the off chance that both Hoover and Chapman are unavailable, it seems that Diaz would fill in.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Hoover | Diaz.

July 31, 2015
Cincinnati Reds — The Reds could deal Aroldis Chapman, whose contract expires after the 2016 season. The Diamondbacks have an offer on the table for Chapman, and the Yankees, Giants and Astros are also rumored to be in the mix. The Reds’ asking price is reportedly very high, so they may wind up holding onto Chapman until the offseason or next year’s deadline.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Hoover | Badenhop.

July 29, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman pitched the 9th in a non-save situation after the Reds took a 4-0 lead in the top half of the frame. That’s normally not newsworthy, but Chapman may not be pitching for the Reds much longer. Both the Diamondbacks and the Giants are reportedly interested in Chapman, with Arizona’s GM confirming that the D-Backs are “going down that path.” If Chapman does move, J.J. Hoover is our most likely candidate to take over the closer’s role.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Hoover | Badenhop.

July 21, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – After throwing 1 2/3 innings on Sunday, Manny Parra has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow. We like Burke Badenhop to fill Parra’s role, but we also wouldn’t be surprised if the Reds return to Jumbo Diaz and his Jumbo ERA in the late innings. (But it shouldn’t matter who is out there as long as Brandon Phillips can make a play like this in the 7th inning of every game. Goodness gracious.)

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Hoover | Badenhop.

July 12, 2015
Cincinnati Reds — The Reds suffered through their worst inning in 54 years and Manny Parra took much of the damage, facing five batters and allowing all five to reach on hits and score. Parra’s ERA rose from 1.65 to 4.41 as a result.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Hoover | Parra.

June 26, 2015
Cincinnati Reds — Closer Aroldis Chapman returned from paternity leave on Thursday, and threw a scoreless 11th inning in a 5-4 extra-innings win.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Hoover | Parra.

June 25, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – With Aroldis Chapman still on paternity leave, J.J. Hoover picked up the save for the Reds on Wednesday. Chapman is expected to be back with the team on Thursday.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Hoover | Parra.

June 16, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds placed Tony Cingrani on the 15-day DL on Monday. The left-hander has struggled recently and an MRI confirmed swelling in his pitching shoulder. Fellow left-hander Manny Parra will replace Cingrani in our hierarchy. While a LOOGY, Parra has a sterling 0.93 ERA and 1.02 WHIP on the season. Also expect Ryan Mattheus to pick up some more holds.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Hoover | Parra.

June 9, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – J.J. Hoover has been anointed as the Reds’ new 8th-inning man. The flame-throwing righty now has a 1.93 ERA and a sub-1.00 WHIP. He picked up his second hold of the season last night setting up Aroldis Chapman. Expect Hoover to continue to get the 8th inning as long as he is pitching lights-out.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Hoover | Cingrani.

June 8, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds continued to use Jumbo Diaz in big spots all the way until his end, which came after Saturday’s loss when he surrendered two runs and took the loss, pushing his ERA to 6.65. Diaz will work on his stuff in the minors and has a chance to reclaim a spot later in the season, but for now, the go-to righty in Cincinnati’s pen is J.J. Hoover, who pitched the 8th inning ahead of Aroldis Chapman on Sunday.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Cingrani | Hoover.

May 30, 2015
Cincinnati Reds — Jumbo Diaz has apparently relocated his magic feather, striking out 7 of the 14 batters he has faced in four late-inning appearances this week. We think Diaz’s usage has edged him back ahead of J.J. Hoover in the Reds’ pen.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Cingrani | Diaz.

May 23, 2015
Cincinnati Reds — Jumbo Diaz continues to struggle, giving up two runs last night to run his ERA to 7.16. Meanwhile, J.J. Hoover hasn’t allowed a run since April 21 (12.1 innings); over that period, Hoover has more strikeouts (11) than baserunners allowed (8).

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Cingrani | Hoover.

April 30, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – Jumbo Diaz had another tough outing on Wednesday, highlighted by a Ryan Braun grand slam that put the game out of reach. Diaz didn’t blow a lead, as he entered the eighth inning with the Reds down a run, but he did run his ERA to a bloated 9.72. Tony Cingrani has been the Reds’ best pitcher ahead of Aroldis Chapman this season, and despite manager Bryan Price’s confidence in Diaz, it’s hard to ignore Cingrani’s success.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Cingrani | Diaz.

April 14, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – Jumbo Diaz’s struggles continued in Chicago tonight, instantaneously surrendering a two run lead by giving up a long home run to Chris Coghlan in the 8th inning tonight. J.J. Hoover and Tony Cingrani might see more hold opportunities if Diaz is moved to a lower-leverage position.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Diaz | Cingrani.

April 3, 2015
Cincinnati Reds – Despite being a candidate to set up for Aroldis Chapman, Sam LeCure appeared to have lost some velocity on his fastball this spring and didn’t make the big league club. Tony Cingrani, the young lefty who earlier was vying for a spot in the rotation, has transitioned well to the bullpen, posting a 1.42 spring ERA (14 Ks vs 3 BBs) in 12.2 innings pitched, and could step into a prominent late inning role alongside Jumbo Diaz. J.J. Hoover is another candidate for high-leverage holds.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Diaz | Cingrani.

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): MLB.com, 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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