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Pedro Strop looking like the man in Chicago

April 19, 2014

Chicago Cubs – It wasn’t a save chance, but the Cubs hierarchy was made very clear today, when Hector Rondon pitched the 7th and 8th innings in a 4-run game, while Pedro Strop got the 9th.  Despite giving up his first run of the year today, Rondon’s ERA is more than 3 full points better than Strop’s, but it seems that Strop will be the one given first crack at saves after the demotion of Jose Veras.  Hierarchy change: Pedro Strop to Closer, Hector Rondon to Set-up.

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CHC Pedro Strop Hector Rondon Justin Grimm Hector Rondon 4/19/14

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Posted April 19, 2014 by bigtastebailout in Chicago Cubs, closer change

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O’Day picks up save, Santos bounces back

April 19, 2014

Baltimore Orioles - Darren O’Day picked up the save last night.  He got the last out of the 8th inning with the Orioles up 3 and then Orioles added another run in the top of the 9th.  O’Day stayed on to finish the game and record his first save of the season.  No hierarchy change.

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BAL Tommy Hunter Darren O’Day Evan Meek Tommy Hunter 4/19/14

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Toronto Blue Jays – Before yesterday’s game, manager John Gibbons said that Sergio Santos has been tremendous this season.  Santos successfully closed out the Indians on Friday but it wasn’t smooth, as he allowed a hit and 2 walks in the 9th inning.  He is 5 out of 6 in save chances this season but he has struggled with walks and will need to get that under control if he wants to keep the job.   No hierarchy change.

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TOR Sergio Santos Brett Cecil Steve Delabar Sergio Santos 4/19/14
Casey Janssen (DL)

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Arizona Diamondbacks – Addison Reed blew his first save of the season on Friday, giving up the game-tying solo homerun to Juan Uribe.  The Diamonbacks would go on to win the game in extra innings and former starter Trevor Cahill earned his first career save.  No hierarchy change.

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ARI Addison Reed J.J. Putz Brad Ziegler Addison Reed 4/19/14

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VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Brett Cecil, Toronto Blue Jays - Sergio Santos has pitched in 2 straight and 3 of the last 4, throwing a total of 56 pitches.
2. Sean Doolittle, Oakland A’s - Luke Gregerson has seen more save chances that Doolittle since Jim Johnson’s demotion but this is still looking like a committee so Doolittle could get the call based on match-ups.
3. Pedro StropChicago Cubs - Our preference for saves in Chicago is still Hector Rondon, but with no official word yet from Rick Renteria, Pedro Strop could be the 9th inning option.
4. Chad Qualls/Anthony BassHouston Astros - If the Astros ever get another save opportunity they could use pretty much anyone at this point.

Brian Wilson has a strong return; Sergio Santos walks everyone

April 18, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers – Brian Wilson was activated from the disabled list earlier this week, and on Thursday, he picked up where he left off, earning an 8th inning hold in a 2-run ballgame.  Hierarchy change: Brian Wilson to Set-up, Chris Perez to 2nd in line.

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LAD Kenley Jansen Brian Wilson Chris Perez Kenley Jansen 4/18/14

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Toronto Blue Jays – Sergio Santos had been solid in filling in for Casey Janssen so far this season, but Thursday was a disaster for the right-hander. He entered the game with two runners on in the 8th inning and a 2-run lead, and proceeded to walk the only three hitters he would face, throwing only four total strikes.  Casey Janssen’s rehab was temporarily shut down after he aggravated an injury, but this doesn’t provide Santos a ton of job security after yesterday.  Brett Cecil still has a 0.00 ERA on the year, and should Santos continue to struggle, the lefty could potentially hold down the 9th inning job until Janssen’s return.  Sergio Santos to Hot Seat.

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TOR Sergio Santos Brett Cecil Steve Delabar Sergio Santos 4/18/14
Casey Janssen (DL)

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VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Chad Qualls/Anthony Bass, Houston Astros – No one has emerged from the Houston committee as a consistent 9th inning option.
2. Sean Doolittle/Jim Johnson, Oakland A’s – If the A’s continue to use their committee, then Sean Doolittle or Luke Gregerson will continue to share 9th inning duties. However, the A’s are expected to re-evaluate their bullpen today, which means a possible reclamation of the job for Jim Johnson. If that happens, we’ll send out an alert.
3. Pedro Strop, Chicago Cubs – As previously mentioned, if we were running the Cubs, Hector Rondon would be our choice for the 9th inning. But Rondon’s usage on Wednesday suggests that Strop might be the guy in Chicago going forward. (Expect an alert on this, too, should it happen.)
4. Brian Wilson, Los Angeles Dodgers – Kenley Jansen threw 30 pitches last night; two days prior he threw 25.

Uehara and Kimbrel to return; Strop gets an edge

April 17, 2014

Oakland A’s – It was Luke Gregerson’s turn to blow a save on Wednesday. Bob Melvin has said that he’ll consider making some changes in the bullpen on tomorrow’s off day; don’t be surprised if Jim Johnson gets back into it. Hierarchy change: Jim Johnson to 2nd in line, replacing Ryan Cook.

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OAK Luke Gregerson Sean Doolittle Jim Johnson Sean Doolittle 4/17/14

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Boston Red Sox – After Wednesday’s extra-inning slog against the White Sox, today’s expected return of Koji Uehara should be huge for Boston. Burke Badenhop was the last man standing to pick up the save in the 14th. No hierarchy change.

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BOS Koji Uehara Edward Mujica Junichi Tazawa Koji Uehara 4/17/14

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Chicago Cubs – The Cubs were swept by the Yankees in a Wednesday doubleheader, and both Justin Grimm and Hector Rondon entered with Chicago trailing – Rondon in the sixth. The Cubs are behind a lot, and somebody has to pitch, but this might point to Pedro Strop as the most likely recipient of the next (rare) save opportunity. No hierarchy change.

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CHC Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Justin Grimm Hector Rondon 4/17/14

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Seattle Mariners – Fernando Rodney was all over the place on Wednesday night, turning a Felix Hernandez gem into a loss with two unearned runs. The Mariners’ bullpen is somewhat unsettled; although Tom Wilhelmsen would probably be the most likely replacement closer, he hasn’t been used in exclusively high-leverage spots. Nor has Danny Farquhar, who watched Charlie Furbush and Yoervis Medina handle the eighth last night. We’re not quite sure what to tell you about Seattle, other than not to trust the guy with the crooked hatNo hierarchy change.

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SEA Fernando Rodney Tom Wilhelmsen Danny Farquhar Danny Farquhar 4/17/14

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VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Chad Qualls/Anthony Bass, Houston Astros – Josh Fields has pitched on two straight days, and anyone can get a save in Houston anyway.
2. Wade Davis, Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland has thrown 40 pitches over the last two days.
3. Jake Petricka, Chicago White Sox – Matt Lindstrom pitched two innings and Daniel Webb threw 59 pitches on Wednesday. Maikel Cleto also issued three walks during his appearance, and Robin Ventura has said he’s comfortable using Petricka in high-leverage situations.
4. Joaquin Benoit, San Diego Padres – Huston Street has pitched on three of the last four days.
5. Javier Lopez, San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo has also pitched on three of the last four days.

Doolittle bested by a Trout; seven walks for sorry Brothers

April 16, 2014

Oakland A’s – Sean Doolittle blew a save late Tuesday night, courtesy of a Mike Trout home run. No instant alert for this one — they were even anyway — but we’re ready to shuffle Luke Gregerson to the top of the Oakland closer committee. Note also the resurgence of Jim Johnson, who’s pitched five scoreless innings since he was moved out of the ninth inning. Hierarchy change: Luke Gregerson to Closer, Sean Doolittle to Set-up.

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OAK Luke Gregerson Sean Doolittle Ryan Cook Ryan Cook 4/16/14

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Colorado Rockies – Rex Brothers has been awful this year, and Walt Weiss has decided to give the lefty a few days off. Boone Logan, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh on Tuesday night, should reap some high-leverage rewards. For his part, Adam Ottavino has been practically unhittableHierarchy change: Adam Ottavino to Set-up, Boone Logan to 2nd in line.

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COL LaTroy Hawkins Adam Ottavino Boone Logan Rex Brothers 4/16/14

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Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan 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.

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CIN Jonathan Broxton Sam LeCure Manny Parra Aroldis Chapman 4/16/14
Aroldis Chapman (DL) Sean Marshall (DL)

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Chicago White Sox – The Sox signed ex-closer Frank Francisco on Monday and assigned him to their AAA team in Charlotte. With the struggles in the White Sox pen so far, Francisco has a good shot at being this year’s Kevin Gregg. That might be the saddest sentence I’ve ever typed. No hierarchy change.

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CHW Matt Lindstrom Daniel Webb Maikel Cleto Nate Jones 4/16/14
Nate Jones (DL)

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Toronto Blue Jays – Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless inning for class-A Dunedin on Tuesday; he’s expected to make two more minor league appearances before returning in about a week. What role he’ll have upon his arrival is still unknown. No hierarchy change.

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TOR Sergio Santos Brett Cecil Steve Delabar Sergio Santos 4/16/14
Casey Janssen (DL)

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VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. David Carpenter/Jordan Walden, Atlanta Braves — Craig Kimbrel is still day-to-day with a sore shoulder.
2. Kevin Jepsen, Los Angeles Angels — Ernesto Frieri has pitched in four of the last five games, as has Joe Smith, who got blasted on Tuesday.
3. Chad Qualls/Anthony Bass, Houston Astros – It’s Houston, what are you gonna do?
4. Pedro Strop, Chicago Cubs — Rick Renteria might call on Strop after demoting Jose Veras. Heck, he might call on Kevin Gregg, or Gregg Olson.
5. Ryan Cook/Dan Otero, Oakland Athletics — Luke Gregerson is most likely to get an A’s save on Wednesday, but these two have a shot.
6. Brian Wilson/J.P. Howell, Los Angeles Dodgers — Kenley Jansen has thrown in three of the last four games, including a 25-pitch outing yesterday, and Brian Wilson has returned from the disabled list.

Craig Kimbrel out with sore shoulder; Phillies get an arm back

April 15, 2015

Atlanta Braves - David Carpenter got the save in a wild 9-6 win at Philadelphia – unexpected to everyone except Fredi Gonzalez, who held closer Craig Kimbrel out due to right shoulder soreness that crept up over the weekend. Kimbrel plans to rest for a few days, which means Carpenter is the best bet for saves in the interim. Jordan Walden, who has prior experience as a closer, will also be in the mix. No hierarchy change.

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ATL Craig Kimbrel David Carpenter Jordan Walden Craig Kimbrel 4/3/14

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Philadelphia Phillies - With both Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo unavailable, Jacob Diekman blew the save last night in a wild game against Atlanta that no team seemed to want to win. Before Diekman’s implosion, B.J. Rosenberg made history in the eighth inning when he became the first pitcher in major league history to face three batters and allow three home runs. The Phillies did get some good bullpen news yesterday, however, as Mike Adams is set to be activated off the DL today. He’ll likely slide into the seventh inning for the time being.  Hierarchy change:  Mike Adams to 2nd in line, replacing B.J. Rosenberg.

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PHI Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Mike Adams
Jonathan Papelbon 4/15/14

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Oakland A’s –After the Angels’ Ernesto Frieri blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth, Luke Gregerson earned his second save of the season in the bottom half of the inning. Oakland’s committee continues to shine, with Gregerson likely getting the call thanks to the pair of righties due up in the ninth.  No hierarchy change.

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OAK Sean Doolittle Luke Gregerson Ryan Cook Ryan Cook 4/13/14

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VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Luke Gregerson, Oakland A’s – Luke Gregerson picked up his second save of the season on Monday. We’ve still got Doolittle as our listed closer, but until the A’s decide to give Jim Johnson another chance, either of these two could get the call on any given night.
2. Pedro StropChicago Cubs – Our preference for saves in Chicago is still Hector Rondon, but with no official word yet from Rick Renteria, Pedro Strop could be the 9th inning option.
3. Chad Qualls/Anthony BassHouston Astros – Nearly any Astros reliever could get a 9th inning chance at this point.

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Posted April 14, 2014 by bigtastebailout in Uncategorized

Heath Bell struggles; Oakland committee humming along

April 14, 2014

Milwaukee Brewers – With Francisco Rodriguez and Jim Henderson both getting the night off, lefty Will Smith was summoned for the one-out save chance, striking out the only man he faced on three pitches.  He’s the slickest they is, but he’s unlikely to get any more save opportunities while K-Rod and Henderson are both sporting 0.00 ERAs.  No hierarchy change.

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MIL Francisco Rodriguez Jim Henderson Will Smith Jim Henderson 4/14/14
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Tampa Bay Rays – A day after Jake McGee got an 8th hold inning for the Rays, Heath Bell was called upon to pitch in the 7th of a game that the Rays were losing by four.  Bell didn’t help matters, allowing two earned runs and raising his season ERA to 5.40.  His peripherals aren’t great so far, either, and at age 36, he’s got to start proving that he still belongs.  Hierarchy change: Jake McGee to 2nd in line, replacing Heath Bell.

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TB Grant Balfour Joel Peralta Heath Bell Grant Balfour 4/14/14

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Texas Rangers – Joakim Soria was unavailable after pitching in back to back games, so Alexi Ogando got the save in his place.  With Neftali Feliz still in the minors, Ogando would have little competition for the closer gig should something happen to Soria.  No hierarchy change.

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TEX Joakim Soria Alexi Ogando Neal Cotts Joakim Soria 4/14/14

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VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Luke Gregerson, Oakland A’s – On Saturday, Sean Doolittle got the 8th and Luke Gregerson got the 9th. Roles were reversed on Sunday, and both times, the duo got it done. We’ve still got Doolittle as our listed closer, but until the A’s decide to give Jim Johnson another chance, either of these two could get the call on any given night.
2. B.J. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Phillies – Both Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo have pitched in three straight.

A’s call on Gregerson, Bass gets save for Astros

April 13, 2014

Oakland A’s –Luke Gregerson picked up the first save for Oakland since Jim Johnson was removed as closer.  Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect 8th and also got the first out of the 9th before Gregerson came on to finish the game.  Tonight’s usage was likely matchup-driven, as there were 2 lefties and a switch hitter due up in the 8th inning.  No hierarchy change.

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OAK Sean Doolittle Luke Gregerson Ryan Cook Ryan Cook 4/13/14

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Houston Astros - It seems like every pitcher in the Astros bullpen (except, of course, Matt Albers, who has pitched the best) gets a chance to close out games.  Manager Bo Porter went to Kevin Chapman for the 9th inning with the Astros up 1, and he promptly gave up the game-tying home run on his 2nd pitch.  Anthony Bass ended up getting the save in the 10th inning.   Bass now has 2 saves (which is more than the 1 K he has on the season), but it’s hard to say that he is the guy moving forward.  If you have a bunch of free roster spots, go ahead and pick up everybody in the Astros bullpen.  Otherwise, pick your favorite and hope for the best.  Hierarchy change: Anthony Bass to 2nd in line, replacing Matt Albers.

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HOU Josh Fields Chad Qualls Anthony Bass Josh Fields 4/11/14
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Boston Red Sox - Koji Uehara was unavailable yesterday, but could attempt long toss today before the Red Sox decide if he needs to go back to Boston for further tests.  Edward Mujica will be the closer while Uehara is out.   No Hierarchy change.

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BOS Koji Uehara Edward Mujica Junichi Tazawa Koji Uehara 4/13/14

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Philadelphia Phillies - Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless 8th inning in a tie game last night.  His numbers aren’t very impressive on the young season (6 walks vs. only 4 Ks, in 6.1 innings) but he has pitched the 8th in each of his last 3 appearances.  If anything happens to Papelbon, it looks like Bastardo could get the first shot to close.   Hierarchy change:  Antonio Bastardo to Set-up, B.J. Rosenberg to 2nd in line.

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PHI Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo B.J. Rosenberg Jonathan Papelbon 4/13/14
Mike Adams (DL)

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Milwaukee Brewers - Brandon Kintzler has been placed on the DL.  Will Smith has been getting jiggy with it so far this year, throwing 6 scoreless innings with 8 Ks, and could see more time in the later innings.  Hierarchy change: Will Smith to 2nd in line, Brandon Kintzler  to DL

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MIL Francisco Rodriguez Jim Henderson Will Smith Jim Henderson 4/13/14
Brandon Kintzler (DL)

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Chicago Cubs – Rick Renteria announced that Jose Veras will be moved from the closer role, and Cubs save situations going forward will be matchup-dependent. As we mentioned earlier today, Hector Rondon has been pitching great and would be our pick to close — but unfortunately for him, he’s pitched the last three days (and four of the last five), and is almost certainly unavailable today. If there’s a save situation today that goes to Pedro Strop, Strop just might get the opportunity to make the job his own. We’ll be watching closely. Hierarchy change: Hector Rondon to Closer, Pedro Strop to Set-Up, Justin Grimm to 2nd in line.

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CHC Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Justin Grimm Hector Rondon 4/12/14

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VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Edward Mujica, Boston Red Sox – Koji Uehara is day-to-day with shoulder tightness, and Mujica will close if Uehara can’t go today.
2. Luke Gregerson, Oakland Athletics — Luke Gregerson could get the call based on matchups.
3. Jim Henderson, Milwaukee Brewers – K-Rod has pitched three games in a row.
4. Pedro Strop/Justin Grimm, Chicago Cubs — The Cubs will could use Rondon, Strop or Grimm based on the matchup.
5. Chad Qualls/Anthony Bass, Houston Astros – The Astros have made it pretty clear so far that anybody in their bullpen could be used to close out a game.

 

 

Veras out as Cubs closer; Rondon, Strop, Grimm all in the mix

April 12, 2014

Chicago Cubs – Rick Renteria just announced that Jose Veras will be moved from the closer role, and Cubs save situations going forward will be matchup-dependent. As we mentioned earlier today, Hector Rondon has been pitching great and would be our pick to close — but unfortunately for him, he’s pitched the last three days (and four of the last five), and is almost certainly unavailable today. If there’s a save situation today that goes to Pedro Strop, Strop just might get the opportunity to make the job his own. We’ll be watching closely. Hierarchy change: Hector Rondon to Closer, Pedro Strop to Set-Up, Justin Grimm to 2nd in line.

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CHC Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Justin Grimm Hector Rondon 4/12/14

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