San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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SD*Brandon MaurerBrad HandRyan BuchterCarter Capps5/25/17
DLCarter Capps

* = closer-by-committee

Previous updates:

May 25, 2017
San Diego Padres — Struggling Brandon Maurer got the eighth with a one-run lead over the Mets, leaving the ninth for lefty trade target Brad Hand. Not content with the normal degree of difficulty, Hand loaded the bases (on two weak singles and a walk) before escaping the inning unscathed through two strikeouts and a fly ball. Hand now has 35 strikeouts in 26 innings, and is probably the best lefthanded reliever on the market. After the game, Andy Green said that Hand is not the closer, but that the team will “bounce guys around and utilize them the best way possible going forward right now.” We’ll call that a committee and keep Maurer up top for now, since Hand will likely be moving on soon.

Updated hierarchy: *Maurer | Hand | Buchter.
* = closer-by-committee

May 21, 2017
San Diego Padres — Brandon Maurer got some work last night with the Padres getting blown out, and his struggles continued.  He gave up an earned run on a hit and two walks.  Maurer has now given up at least one run in four of his past five appearances.  The Padres haven’t indicated that they are ready to make any changes, but if Maurer continues to pitch like this, they might not have a choice.

Hierarchy remains: Maurer | Hand | Buchter.

May 18, 2017
San Diego Padres — There’s still no word on when Carter Capps will return from extended spring training, but the issue is becoming more and more urgent. Over the last week (four outings), Brandon Maurer has allowed nine runs and 12 baserunners in only 2.2 innings. Although lefty Brad Hand (31 K in 24 IP; 1.88 ERA) has probably passed Ryan Buchter as Maurer’s current understudy, Capps is just as good a bet to close from June on.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Hand | Buchter.

May 15, 2017
San Diego Padres – Brandon Maurer was given just about the hardest assignment imaginable on Sunday, summoned in the 8th inning with the bases loaded, 1 out, and just a one-run lead. But after giving up the go-ahead single — which would have been perfectly forgivable — Maurer allowed two other baserunners to reach, and was eventually charged with 3 earned runs. That makes two bad outings in his last three appearances for Maurer, who we will watch to make sure he rebounds this week.

Hierarchy remains: Maurer | Buchter | Hand.

May 1, 2017
San Diego Padres – Jose Torres picked up the save in extra innings for the Padres on Sunday; Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Brad Hand had already seen action. The Padres have an embarrassment of riches in terms of solid lefthanded relievers, but keep an eye on Torres going forward, as he’s only 23 years old and now has a 0.69 WHIP and 18 Ks through 13 IPs. He’s been a little unlucky in that a huge percentage of the baserunners he’s allowed have gone on to score, which is why his ERA sits at 4.85, but thus far, he hasn’t been used like a LOOGY, pitching effectively against lefties and righties.

Hierarchy remains: Maurer | Buchter | Hand.

April 13, 2017
San Diego Padres — Carter Capps moved ’em on and headed ’em up, helping the Lake Elsinore Storm to a shutout victory over the mighty Visalia Rawhide on Tuesday. Capps probably has a few more weeks out on the trail, but if you have a DL slot available and he’s somehow on your waiver wire, snap him up while you can.

Hierarchy remains: Maurer | Buchter | Hand.

April 9, 2017
San Diego Padres — The Padres gave closer Brandon Maurer the night off on Saturday after pitching in the prior two games.  Ryan Buchter recorded his first save of the season, and he should continue to see save chances when Maurer is unavailable until Carter Capps is ready to return.

Hierarchy remains: Maurer | Buchter | Hand.

April 3, 2017
San Diego Padres — Carter Capps will begin the season on the DL, though his stay there is not expected to be long. Brad Hand was mentioned by manager Andy Green as someone that will see some late-inning work in Capps’ absence.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Buchter | Hand.

March 1, 2017
San Diego Padres — This is Brandon Maurer’s job to lose, but if Carter Capps is healthy, lose it he should. Capps has a new (probably still illegal) two-hop delivery following Tommy John surgery, and his upside is far higher than the rather pedestrian Maurer. Ryan Buchter and Brad Hand were extremely solid lefties last year and may be called on in the eighth if Capps isn’t quite ready by Opening Day.

Starting 2017 hierarchy: Maurer | Capps | Buchter.
Holds candidates: Buchter, Hand, Kevin Quackenbush.

September 29, 2016
San Diego Padres — Ryan Buchter hasn’t pitched in nine days, and although there’s been no explanation that we can find, it’s possible the rookie might be done for the season.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Hand | Quackenbush.

September 26, 2016
San Diego Padres – Brad Hand finished the 8th inning for the Padres and then stayed on for the 9th, presumably to pitch to Brandon Belt, who was due up second. But Hand was cruising, so after retiring Belt, he also got the game’s final out, picking up his first save of the season. Outside of San Diego, it’s likely that few people have heard about the job that the lefty is doing, but the bullpen certainly seems to suit him, as he’s now struck out 105 hitters on the season in just 85.2 innings.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Hand | Buchter.

September 14, 2016
San Diego Padres – As the Vulture Save Watch predicted, Brandon Maurer did indeed get a day off, but so did Ryan Buchter, which left Kevin Quackenbush to pick up the save after the Padres erased a 4-1 ninth-inning deficit. Brad Hand had thrown in four straight games, but he didn’t pitch a full inning in any of those outings. We’ll move Quackenbush back into the hierarchy for now, but don’t be surprised if Hand gets some more late-inning chances.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Buchter | Quackenbush.

September 6, 2016
San Diego Padres – Over the past few weeks, the Padres have quietly stopped using Kevin Quackenbush in late inning situations. At the same time, Ryan Buchter returned to San Diego and has pitched well. Last night Brad Hand was tapped to hold the lead in the eighth innings. With Hand and Buchter’s stock rising and Quack’s falling, we will adjust our hierarchy accordingly.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Buchter | Hand.

September 2, 2016
San Diego Padres — The Padres called up Ryan Buchter when rosters expanded Thursday. Buchter was having a solid season, though slowed up a bit in August (4.50 ERA in seven appearances) before he was sent down to the minors to get some rest. With Buchter rejoining a mediocre bullpen, he may be in line to pitch in tight spots in baseball’s final month.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Quackenbush | Buchter. 

August 28, 2016
San Diego Padres — Kevin Quackenbush pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his first save of the season.  The Vulture Save Watch correctly predicted that Brandon Maurer would have Saturday off and that Quackenbush would get the save.  However, Brad Hand was available and pitched the eighth inning.  Quackenbush saved six games for the Padres down the stretch in 2014 and it looks like he has moved ahead of Hand in the Padres bullpen and could continue to see save chances when Maurer is not able to go.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Quackenbush | Hand. 

August 21, 2016
San Diego Padres — Ryan Buchter was sent down to Triple-A on Saturday afternoon.  Buchter got off to a great start this season but has faded a little bit recently and the Padres want him to get some rest.  We will move recently called up Kevin Quackenbush to second in line for now, but Brandon Morrow might be another guy to watch.  The former starter has made four scoreless appearances out of the Padres bullpen over the past couple weeks.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Hand | Quackenbush. 

July 30, 2016
San Diego Padres — The Padres acquired Carter Capps in a seven-player deal with Miami. Capps is out for the year after Tommy John surgery, but is a strong candidate to close in San Diego next season.

Hierarchy remains: Maurer | Buchter | Hand. 

July 23, 2016
San Diego Padres — Lefty Brad Hand pitched the eighth inning in a three-run game; although he gave up a run, he earned his third hold in the last week, edging him past Kevin Quackenbush in our hierarchy. Hand could see another promotion soon, as Ryan Buchter has been drawing interest from teams in the market for lefthanded relief help.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Buchter | Hand. 

July 2, 2016
San Diego Padres — True to his word, Andy Green gave Brandon Maurer the first save opportunity in the post-Fernando Rodney era, although it wasn’t the smoothest debut. Maurer entered in the ninth, up four with two men on, and allowed a run-scoring double, an RBI groundout, and a wild pitch that lowered the lead to one. After yet another double, Maurer escaped with back-to-back groundouts for his first save. The 25-year-old has the inside track for now, but Ryan Buchter might well press him for saves while this bullpen settles.

Hierarchy remains: Maurer | Buchter | Quackenbush. 

July 1, 2016
San Diego Padres — Manager Andy Green has said that Brandon Maurer, and his 5.73 ERA, will get the first crack at the ninth inning.  Maurer has been much better recently and Ryan Buchter is coming off his worst outing of the season.  Buchter should still challenge for the ninth inning, and since he has been better than Maurer so far this season, we like his chances to at least get a shot at some point.  However, we will move Maurer to the top for now based on what Andy Green had to say this afternoon.

Updated hierarchy: Maurer | Buchter | Quackenbush. 

July 1, 2016
San Diego Padres – The cupboard is pretty bare in San Diego after the departure of closer Fernando Rodney, but Ryan Buchter was named the primary set-up man in early June and we suspect he has the best shot to close for the Padres, who have yet to make any official announcement.

Updated hierarchy: Buchter | Villanueva | Quackenbush. 

June 30, 2016
San Diego Padres – The cupboard is pretty bare in San Diego after the departure of closer Fernando Rodney, but Ryan Buchter was named the primary set-up man in early June and we suspect he has the best shot to close for the Padres, who have yet to make any announcements.

Updated hierarchy: Buchter | Villanueva | Quackenbush. 

June 3, 2016
San Diego Padres — The Mariners tagged Padres relievers for 10 runs in an amazing 16-13 comeback win after being down 12-2. Brandon Maurer was among the relievers touched up, yielding three runs without recording an out (to be fair, fellow hierarchy mate Ryan Buchter gave up four runs in 0.2 IP). It has been a really, really rough week for Maurer (9 ER in 1.1 IP since May 30), and he now sports a 7.11 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. Padres manager Andy Green said after the game that the club will “re-evaluate” Maurer’s role moving forward. As for other options for holds in San Diego, Carlos Villanueva is probably the best choice from a thin group.

Updated hierarchy: Rodney | Buchter | Villanueva.

June 1, 2016
San Diego Padres — Forget the presidential race; the surest sign of the apocalypse might just be that it’s June and Fernando Rodney still hasn’t allowed an earned run. By this point last year, he had 16, good for an 8.18 ERA. Anyway, if Rodney weren’t dominating, he might need to look over his shoulder — his right shoulder, of course — at catcher Christian Bethancourt, who came in on Tuesday and mixed a 96 mph fastball with a heart-stopping 53 mph eephus.

Hierarchy remains: Rodney | Buchter | Maurer.

May 15, 2016
San Diego Padres — Carlos Villanueva got the call in the bottom of the twelfth inning and notched his first save of the season.  Fernando Rodney, Ryan Buchter, and Brandon Maurer all worked earlier in the game.

Hierarchy remains: Rodney | Buchter | Maurer.

May 13, 2016
San Diego Padres — The Vulture Save Watch correctly projected a night off for Fernando Rodney, but it was Ryan Buchter — not Brandon Maurer — who earned his first career save Thursday (seemingly surprising Padres beat writers in the process). Buchter has been lights-out this season (0.54 ERA, 23 Ks in 16.2 IP, 0.96 WHIP), and should be considered the favorite to get a save when Rodney is unavailable.

Updated hierarchy: Rodney | Buchter | Maurer.

May 3, 2016
San Diego Padres — In the last week, Kevin Quackenbush has thrown only 4 in-game pitches, while Ryan Buchter has thrown 57, all in the 7th inning, lowering his ERA to 0.71 in the process. It is hard to imagine that Andy Green would not ride the hot hand going forward.

Updated hierarchy: Rodney | Maurer | Buchter.

April 6, 2016
San Diego Padres — Kevin Quackenbush worked the seventh with the Padres trailing 3-0 on Tuesday. If the Padres ever do get a lead this season, manager Andy Green said that we can expect Brandon Maurer to protect it in the eighth inning ahead of Fernando Rodney.

Updated hierarchy: Rodney | Maurer | Quackenbush.

April 1, 2016
San Diego Padres — Jon Edwards will start the season on the disabled list with a stiff elbow. With Nick Vincent’s move to Seattle, this probably leaves Brandon Maurer as San Diego’s best seventh-inning man.

Updated hierarchy: Rodney | Quackenbush | Maurer.

March 2, 2016
San Diego Padres – Old friend Fernando Rodney will likely emerge from spring training as the team’s closer, but how long he remains in the ninth inning is a complete mystery. The other mystery is who emerges from a wide-open bullpen. Former Toronto Closer Casey Janssen was invited to camp, but has to make the team first. Kevin Quackenbush is nursing a sore hamstring after a not-so-good 2015. Jon Edwards saved 23 games in triple-A last season, but he has control issues. Nick Vincent was a solid September call-up, while former Drew Pomeranz may be an option if he’s not slotted into the starting rotation.

Starting 2016 hierarchy: Rodney | Quackenbush | Edwards.
Holds candidates: Quackenbush, Edwards, Pomeranz.

October 2, 2015
San Diego Padres — Shawn Kelley is at full strength again and pitched the seventh in front of Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel on Thursday.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Benoit | Kelley.

September 17, 2015
San Diego Padres — Kevin Quackenbush has had a rough couple outings, failing to record an out in two straight appearances. Meanwhile, Nick Vincent has been stellar since his Sept. 1 recall, not allowing an earned run in 10 September appearances. While the Padres don’t figure to win too many games down the stretch, Vincent could be a sneaky source of holds if they start playing better. 

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Benoit | Vincent.

September 9, 2015
San Diego Padres — The Padres bullpen has battled injuries of late, with both Shawn Kelley and Joaquin Benoit dealing with problems. Benoit (back spasms) and Kelley (forearm) were both unavailable on Tuesday, which led to Kevin Quackenbush picking up an eighth-inning hold. Quackenbush isn’t supposed to be part of the late-inning plans, but may get more looks if Benoit and Kelley are still nursing their respective injuries. Benoit is day-to-day and the Padres hope to know more about Kelley on Wednesday after he played catch before Tuesday’s game.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Benoit | Quackenbush.

September 4, 2015
San Diego Padres — Both Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit threw 30+ pitches Wednesday night, leaving the Padres in a bit of a pickle on Thursday night. Both Kimbrel and Benoit told interim manager Pat Murphy they were good to pitch, but he opted to rest Kimbrel (52 pitches Tuesday and Wednesday combined) at the advice of the world-famous Closer Monkey Vulture Save Watch, of course. Benoit nailed down a clean ninth inning on just 13 pitches to earn his second save; he’ll be unavailable Friday, but Kimbrel should be good to go.

Hierarchy remains: Kimbrel | Benoit | Kelley.

August 11, 2015
San Diego Padres — Shawn Kelley struck out three in one inning of work against the Reds in a tight ballgame last night. With the scoreless outing, Kelley lowered his ERA to 2.85 on the year. His recent usage — and Brandon Maurer’s recent struggles — suggests that Pat Murphy will rely on him in the late innings and put him in position to add to his holds total.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Benoit | Kelley.

July 31, 2015
San Diego Padres — The Padres are expected to “own the last day” before the non-waiver trade deadline, which comes at 4 pm on Friday. Among the many names being discussed is closer Craig Kimbrel, who may have recorded his 30th and final save for San Diego Thursday night. The Yankees are the team most linked to Kimbrel, which would give New York a killer bullpen, but may also kill his value if he’s relegated to a set-up role behind Andrew Miller. Watch out for the Astros, too. If Kimbrel is shipped out of town, expect Joaquin Benoit to get the first crack at closing in San Diego — but Benoit might well be moving too.

Hierarchy remains: Kimbrel | Benoit | Maurer.

May 28, 2015
San Diego Padres – Brandon Maurer got the 8th inning ahead of Craig Kimbrel on Wednesday to pick up his fifth hold on the year. Although he gave up a run to break his 13-inning scoreless streak, Maurer currently sports the best ERA and WHIP on the team at 2.25 and 0.83, respectively. Bud Black and pitching coach Darren Balsley recently praised the young righty, saying he has found his niche in the 7th inning. Expect Maurer to continue to get the ball in that spot, and on nights when Benoit is unavailable, to see the 8th as well.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Benoit | Maurer.

May 4, 2015
San Diego Padres – Recently-recalled Kevin Quackenbush got his first hold of the year on Sunday, pitching the 7th inning ahead of Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel. Quackenbush might see more hold opportunities going forward, especially if Joaquin Benoit’s “dead arm” turns into something more significant.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Benoit | Quackenbush.

May 3, 2015
San Diego Padres — Brandon Maurer pitched a perfect 7th and 8th ahead of closer Craig Kimbrel last night.  The Padres’ usual setup man, Joaquin Benoit, has been battling dead arm and was unavailable.  Benoit is hoping to avoid a stint on the DL but if he continues to miss time, Brandon Maurer and Dale Thayer should fill in for him.

Hierarchy remains: Kimbrel | Benoit | Thayer.

April 25, 2015
San Diego Padres — Kevin Quackenbush and his newly trimmed beard have been recalled from Triple-A, and he could move into the Padres’ hierarchy very quickly. On Friday night, he was used in the eighth and ninth with the Padres narrowly trailing.

Hierarchy remains: Kimbrel | Benoit | Thayer.

April 20, 2015
San Diego Padres – Joaquin Benoit picked up his first save of the year on Sunday. Craig Kimbrel was unavailable after pitching back to back nights and three of four. Score another one for the Vulture Save Watch.

Hierarchy remains: Kimbrel | Benoit | Thayer.

April 18, 2015
San Diego Padres — It’s been Dale Thayer, not Shawn Kelley, getting high-leverage work ahead of Benoit and Kimbrel for the Padres.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Benoit | Thayer.

April 5, 2015
San Diego Padres — Craig Kimbrel has moved to San Diego in a blockbuster trade and will immediately step into the closer’s role. With Kevin Quackenbush possibly going to AAA, Shawn Kelley may move into his job.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Benoit | Kelley.

March 8, 2015
San Diego Padres – Another NL West team in transition was the San Diego Padres, who added Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and James Shields in a busy offseason. A much stronger lineup should present the team with more hold and save opportunities — assuming they actually have more leads — so consider a mid-round investment in closer Joaquin Benoit, who was excellent last year in his first season in the National League (1.41 ERA, 11 saves). Holds-chasers should take a look at Kevin Quackenbush, who could also inherit the closer role if Benoit struggles. The Padres also added Shawn Kelley from the Yankees and Brandon Maurer, a former starter with a big arm, from the Mariners.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Benoit | Quackenbush | Vincent.
Holds candidates: Quackenbush, Vincent.

September 25, 2014
San Diego Padres — For the first time in nearly a month, Joaquin Benoit picked up a save thanks to a perfect ninth inning. He lowered his ERA to 1.52 and has picked up a save in seven of his last eight outings. While veteran Vulture Save Watch resident Kevin Quackenbush may get Thursday’s chance if needed, Benoit should get another crack at the ninth inning before the season is over.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

September 23, 2014
San Diego Padres — Kevin Quackenbush earned another save in Joaquin Benoit’s stead. Benoit’s first appearance (on Sunday) was uneventful, so if the Padres are telling us the truth, he should return to the closer role soon.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

September 21, 2014
San Diego Padres — Kevin Quackenbush recorded his 5th save of the season on Saturday night.  The Padres have said that Joaquin Benoit is available out of their bullpen, but they would prefer to use him in a lower leverage situation since he hasn’t pitched in over three weeks.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

September 20, 2014
San Diego Padres — Joaquin Benoit is available again for the Padres but may not be used in save opportunities immediately.  Manager Bud Black reiterated that Benoit is their closer, but since he hasn’t pitched since August 26th, they might ease him back into the role.  Kevin Quackenbush should continue to see some save chances until Benoit is ready to take over full time.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

September 13, 2014
San Diego Padres — Kevin Quackenbush picked up his third save of the season yesterday, as closer Joaquin Benoit remains out.  Benoit still wants to pitch again this season and he is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Sunday.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

September 2, 2014
San Diego Padres — With Joaquin Benoit still sidelined with shoulder discomfort, Kevin Quackenbush came on for the save. Quackenbush is still on tap for any save opportunities while Benoit recovers.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

August 31, 2014
San Diego Padres — Closer Joaquin Benoit is feeling discomfort in his shoulder again.    The Padres expect Benoit to pitch again this season but they do not have any timetable for this return.  Kevin Quackenbush will handle the closing duties while Benoit is sidelined.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

August 27, 2014
San Diego Padres — Kevin Quackenbush struck out the side in the eighth against Milwaukee, and Kato Kaelin wept.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

August 21, 2014
San Diego Padres — As predicted in the Tuesday Vulture Save Watch, Kevin Quackenbush filled in for the injured Joaquin Benoit and picked up his first career save on Wednesday. After the game, Bud Black said that the team is considering placing Benoit on the disabled list, and will take the next day or two to assess Benoit’s condition.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

July 30, 2014
San Diego Padres — Still a “good chance” that Joaquin Benoit gets traded in the next few days, opening the door for Kevin Quackenbush.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

July 23, 2014
San Diego Padres — 25-year-old Kevin Quackenbush had six saves in six attempts at El Paso earlier this year, and so far in the big leagues, he’s put up a sub-1.00 WHIP and averaged more than a strikeout per inning. Recent comments from Bud Black suggest that if Joaquin Benoit ends up being traded, “Quack” will inherit the ninth.

Updated hierarchy: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

July 19, 2014
San Diego Padres — Huston Street has been traded to the Angels and set-up man Joaquin Benoit will assume the 9th inning duties.  It sounds like the Padres will use a number of different guys in the set-up role, with Dale Thayer, Kevin Quackenbush and Nick Vincent, when he returns from injury, being mentioned.

Updated hierarchy: Benoit | Thayer | Quackenbush.

July 18, 2014
San Diego Padres — With the departure of Huston Street to Los Angeles, Joaquin Benoit is set to take over the ninth inning for the Padres. San Diego is still considering deals for Benoit, but the price has increased. Somebody has to be second in line, and for now we think it’s Tim Stauffer. Down the road, the Padres could turn to R.J. Alvarez, a closer prospect they picked up in the trade.

Updated hierarchy: Benoit | Thayer | Stauffer.

July 16, 2014
San Diego Padres – Huston Street has made peace with the likelihood that he will be traded, probably to an AL contender. If Street goes, Joaquin Benoit is likely to stay, as the team doesn’t want to lose both of their best options. The Padres are apparently asking for a lot for either reliever, and we think Street is more likely to move, leaving the San Diego ninth open for Benoit. TRADE DEADLINE BUY: Joaquin Benoit.

June 17, 2014
San Diego Padres — Nick Vincent was placed on the 15-day DL due to right shoulder fatigue. Dale Thayer will be the likely replacement for Vincent.

Updated hierarchy: Street | Benoit | Thayer.

June 5, 2014
San Diego Padres — Nick Vincent has been consistently used in the seventh inning to get to Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street, and he may have edged ahead of Dale Thayer in the Padres pen.

Updated hierarchy: Street | Benoit | Vincent.

April 20, 2014
San Diego Padres – Joaquin Benoit picked up the save on Saturday.  Huston Street had thrown 52 pitches over his previous two outings and was just getting the night off.  No hierarchy change.

March 13, 2014
San Diego Padres — Huston Street: bad peripherals last year, a history of injuries, a tweaked groin, and Joaquin Benoit waiting behind him. Ranked #25 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 7, 2014
San Diego Padres – The Padres brought in veteran Joaquin Benoit to bolster their bullpen after losing Luke Gregerson to the A’s, but Huston Street is still the closer for the foreseeable future.  Benoit will set-up, while Dale Thayer is a good bet for 7th inning work.  Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – Huston Street, Set-up – Joaquin Benoit, 2nd in line – Dale Thayer.

September 18, 2013
San Diego Padres — With Huston Street on bereavement leave, Luke Gregerson picked up a save on Tuesday. No hierarchy change.

September 16, 2013
San Diego Padres – Nick Vincent pitched the 8th inning ahead of Huston Street on Sunday, and has been getting some important innings as of late.  Dale Thayer, meanwhile, has been going through a rough stretch, having allowed 6 earned runs in his last 4.1 innings.  Hierarchy change: Nick Vincent to 2nd in line, replacing Dale Thayer.

August 5, 2013
San Diego Padres – Colt Hynes, a 28-year-old rookie who has been in the bigs for about 3 weeks, got his first career hold on Sunday, facing the heart of the Yankees order in the 8th inning and escaping unscathed.  In the minors this year, Hynes had a strikeout-to-walk ratio that would make even Cliff Lee jealous, as the lefty racked up 58 strikeouts while walking only 2 hitters (yes, 2, as in two, dos, deux, due; that’s not a typo) in 47.1 innings.  While Hynes hasn’t broken on to our hierarchy yet, based on that ratio alone, he’s become a reliever to watch in the second half.  No hierarchy change.

July 18, 2013
San Diego Padres – Huston Street is available, and even Luke Gregerson and Dale Thayer might be on the market as the Padres move into sale mode after a recent collapse. Street seems most likely to be traded, which would improve Gregerson’s value as it lowered Street’s. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: BUY Luke Gregerson, SELL Huston Street.

June 24, 2013
San Diego Padres – Summoned in a tie game on Sunday, Huston Street gave up two solo HRs and took his fourth loss of the season.  Street only has one blown save all season, but his peripherals have been absolutely dreadful all year long.  In 26.1 innings, he’s struck out only 15 hitters while walking 8.  After yesterday, he’s allowed 10 home runs, the most of any full-time reliever in the NL.  And hitters are OPS-ing .923 against him, the 2nd worst among active NL pitchers with at least 20 IPs.  (Heath Bell is 1st.)  Frankly, it’s a miracle that he’s gone 15 for 16 in save opportunities, and while there’s no one behind him pitching lights out — Luke Gregerson and Dale Thayer have both been good, but not great — Street’s hold on his job is becoming more tenuous.  Huston Street to Hot Seat.

June 15, 2013
San Diego Padres – The Padres activated Huston Street from the DL on Friday and he will immediately return to the closer’s roleHierarchy change: Huston Street to Closer, Luke Gregerson to Set-up, Dale Thayer to 2nd in Line.

June 13, 2013
San Diego Padres – Luke Gregerson put two runners on in the 9th inning last night before being lifted for Tommy Layne.  Nick Vincent eventually got the save.  We’d normally put Gregerson on the Hot Seat after something like this — it certainly doesn’t show a lot of confidence when you pull your would-be closer with 2 outs in the 9th inning when you’re still up by three runs — but Huston Street’s rehab is going fine, and he’s expected back in a couple days.  No hierarchy change.

June 11, 2013
San Diego Padres — After Tim Stauffer gave up a three-run homer to let the Braves back into the game in the ninth inning, it was Dale Thayer (as predicted in yesterday’s VSW) who nailed down the ensuing (chancy) save. No hierarchy change.

June 7, 2013
San Diego Padres — After Luke Gregerson pitched the 10th and 11th innings of a tied game, the save opportunity fell to Brad Boxberger in the 12th. No hierarchy change.

June 2, 2013
San Diego Padres – On the night that Huston Street was placed on the DL with a strained calf, Luke Gregerson got the call in the 9th inning.  Bud Black said that both Gregerson and Dale Thayer could be used in the 9th inning in Street’s absence, though “Luke is probably the guy we will turn to more.”  Hierarchy change: Luke Gregerson to Closer, Dale Thayer to Set-up, Joe Thatcher to 2nd in line, Huston Street to DL.

June 1, 2013
San Diego Padres – Huston Street has been placed on the DL with a strained calf.  Luke Gregerson is the best bet for saves in his absence.  Hierarchy change: Luke Gregerson to Closer, Dale Thayer to Set-up, Joe Thatcher to 2nd in line, Huston Street to DL.

September 22, 2012
San Diego Padres – Huston Street was activated from the DL on Friday and should resume his closing duties. Hierarchy change: Huston Street to Closer, Luke Gregerson to Set-up, Dale Thayer to 2nd in Line.

September 21, 2012
San Diego Padres – Given a one-run lead, Luke Gregerson put two men on to start the ninth – so Bud Black played the platoon advantage for the rest of the inning, using five different pitchers who loaded the bases with no outs, only to escape unscathed. Anthony Bass was the last man standing, striking out Aaron Hill for his first career save. No hierarchy change.

September 6, 2012
San Diego Padres – Tom Layne picked up his second save of the season on Wednesday, retiring the only batter he faced. Luke Gregerson had pitched to the first three hitters of the inning (allowing the third to reach) and is still the best bet for saves until Huston Street returns. No hierarchy change.

September 1, 2012
San Diego Padres – Luke Gregerson collected his third consecutive save on Saturday, just a few hours after Huston Street suffered a setback in his rehab. Dale Thayer got the first two save chances after Street’s injury, but Gregerson has picked up the last three, and should continue to see chances until Street returns. Hierarchy change: Luke Gregerson to Closer, Dale Thayer to Set-up.

August 28, 2012
San Diego Padres – Dale Thayer returned from paternity leave yesterday, but he was used in the 8th inning, while Luke Gregerson picked up the save in the 9th. Gregerson has been on fire, having not allowed a run since July 3. He’s now likely sharing opportunities with Thayer until Huston Street returns. No hierarchy change.

August 27, 2012
San Diego Padres – With Dale Thayer still on paternity leave, Luke Gregerson picked up a save in his absence. Thayer returns today and will resume closing until Huston Street is healthy. No hierarchy change.

August 23, 2012
San Diego Padres – Tom Layne, who coming into the game had 3.1 career major league innings, picked up the save on Wednesday, throwing a perfect 9th inning with the Padres up by 2 runs. After blowing a save on Tuesday, Dale Thayer was given the night off, but Layne suddenly becomes a pitcher to watch in San Diego. Hierarchy change: Tom Layne to 2nd in line, replacing Brad Brach.

August 22, 2012
San Diego Padres – Dale Thayer blew the save last night, and has now allowed runs in 2 of his 4 appearances since Huston Street hit the disabled list. If he blows another game, the Padres might give Luke Gregerson a shot at closing until Street returns. Dale Thayer to Hot Seat.

August 11, 2012
San Diego Padres – Huston Street took his 21 1/3-inning scoreless streak to the disabled list today after straining his calf on the final play of last night’s game. Bud Black offered three options to the San Diego Union-Tribune last night: a return to Dale Thayer, an elevation of Luke Gregerson, or the dreaded “closer-by-committee.” Although Gregerson has the best numbers in the Padres pen, it seems most likely that Black will keep him in the set-up role and go back to Thayer come the 9th. Hierarchy change: Huston Street to DL, Dale Thayer to Closer, Brad Brach to 2nd in Line.

July 12, 2012
San Diego Padres – Huston Street is a great bet to move somewhere else before the All Star Break, and a trade would either cause his value to rise slightly (if he goes to a contender and continues to close out games) or plummet (if he becomes a set-up man).  But a definite beneficiary is Luke Gregerson– or possibly Dale Thayer– who could see saves once Street lands elsewhere.  BUY+: Luke Gregerson.  BUY: Dale Thayer.  SELL: Huston Street. 

July 3, 2012
San Diego Padres – Clayton Richard couldn’t quite close out a complete game on Monday, as Joe Thatcher was summoned to record the final out in a 6-2 game. There were a couple men on base, so Thatcher earned his first save of the season. The lefty is unlikely to get many save chances going forward, even if Huston Street is dealt. No hierarchy change.

June 14, 2012
San Diego Padres – Luke Gregerson picked up the 8th inning hold for the second straight day on Wednesday. Dale Thayer, who flamed out spectacularly as the fill-in closer just as Huston Street was returning from the DL, has been used minimally since. Hierarchy change: Luke Gregerson to Set-up, Dale Thayer to 2nd in line.

June 9, 2012
San Diego Padres – Andrew Cashner is being moved to the rotation. He will start today’s game, and if he pitches well, he’ll be sent to the minors to be stretched out. Hierarchy change: Luke Gregerson to 2nd in line, replacing Andrew Cashner.

June 6, 2012
San Diego Padres – Huston Street returned from the DL on Wednesday, and threw a shaky, but scoreless 9th inning in a tie game, earning the win when the Padres walked-off in the bottom half. Street is expected to resume closing immediately. Hierarchy change: Huston Street to Closer, Dale Thayer to Set-up, Andrew Cashner to 2nd in line.

May 31, 2012
San Diego Padres – Pitching in a tie game on Wednesday, Dale Thayer gave up a walk off home run to Darwin Barney. In his last two outings, Thayer has given up 7 earned runs in just 1.2 innings. Dale Thayer to Hot Seat.

May 9, 2012
San Diego Padres – Dale Thayer collected his 2nd save in as many days for the Padres on Tuesday, who opted to use Andrew Cashner in the 8th inning and Luke Gregerson in the 7th. Cashner’s meltdown on Sunday appears to have cost him, as Thayer, who has 173 career minor league saves, has inherited the closer role in Huston Street’s absence. Hierarchy change: Dale Thayer to Closer, Andrew Cashner to Set-up.

May 8, 2012
San Diego Padres – As noted yesterday, Andrew Cashner was given the night off after a long outing on Sunday, but the Padres opted to use Dale Thayer in the 9th inning, leaving Luke Gregerson in the 8th inning role. Should Cashner falter again, it could be Thayer (173 career minor league saves) who nabs the most opportunities in Huston Street’s absence. Hierarchy change: Dale Thayer to Set-up, Luke Gregerson to 2nd in line.

May 7, 2012
San Diego Padres – Despite throwing 100+ mph gas all night, Andrew Cashner was knocked around on Sunday, giving up 4 earned runs in a tie game in the 8th inning. He’s still likely the Padres go-to guy while Huston Street recovers, but could quickly lose that distinction if he falters again. Andrew Cashner to Hot Seat.

May 6, 2012
San Diego Padres – The Padres will place Huston Street on the disabled list after he suffered a right posterior shoulder strain on Friday. After being hurt last night, Street said he didn’t think the injury was too serious, but perhaps that was wishful thinking; Andrew Cashner will close in his stead, and Bud Black said that Luke Gregerson and Dale Thayer could also see occasional opportunities. Hierarchy change: Huston Street to DL, Andrew Cashner to Closer, Luke Gregerson to Set-up, Dale Thayer to 2nd in line.

April 8, 2012
San Diego Padres- Luke Gregerson was the set-up man for the Padres late last season, but yesterday, they went to Gregerson in the 7th inning of a tie game, saving Andrew Cashner for the 8th. Hierarchy change: Andrew Cashner to Set-up, Luke Gregerson to 2nd in line.

March 18, 2012
San Diego Padres- The Padres acquired Huston Street in the offseason, and Luke Gregerson, one of the few established arms in San Diego’s bullpen, will likely get first crack at saves if he falters. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Huston Street, Set-up- Luke Gregerson, 2nd in line- Andrew Cashner.

Dec. 15, 2011
San Diego Padres- The Padres acquired Huston Street from the Rockies for a player to be named later, and Street will likely assume the closer’s role vacated by Heath Bell. Hierarchy change: Huston Street to Closer, replacing Heath Bell.

Sept. 14, 2011
San Diego Padres- After a rough patch that saw him fall out of the 8th inning role, Chad Qualls has re-established himself as the primary set-up man for Heath Bell. Hierarchy change: Chad Qualls to Set-up, Luke Gregerson to 2nd in line.

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