San Diego Padres

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

Closer 1st in line 2nd in line 2015 Closer Updated
SD Joaquin Benoit Kevin Quackenbush Dale Thayer Joaquin Benoit 8/27/14

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Previous updates:

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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