Bullpen Report 6.28.17 June 28, 2017  |  Justin Klein


 

Kenley Jansen finally walked a batter. Perhaps it’s time to think about trading or even dropping him. Jansen was asked to get the last five outs of the game on June 25th against the Rockies and he did so while striking out two and allowing the free pass, his first of the season. Now up to 32 and 2/3 innings pitched Kenley has managed to post a K:BB ratio of 52:1 along with a miniscule 0.83 ERA and 0.55 WHIP. With his 4-0 record and a perfect 17 for 17 in save chances it’s not surprising that Jansen is the 18th ranked player in standard 5×5 leagues. It is surprising that he’s the second best relief pitcher in the fake game thus far behind the ridiculously good Craig Kimbrel (who ranks 12th overall). Most of it has to do with the fact that Craig has a few more saves because his team has provided him with more save chances. While both are extremely good and should continue to be for the rest of the season I still have Jansen as my number one ranked RP and KImbrel as my number two ranked relief pitcher. It’s more of a 1-A and 1-B but I do prefer Kenley, because he pitches in the National League and because of the walk rate.

In Texas’ bullpen Matt Bush has struggled recently as he went through a couple of rough outings at the end of May and beginning of June before getting whacked around in two straight appearances on June 19th and 23rd. In both of those outings Bush allowed two earned runs on multiple hits (3 and 5) with either a HR or multiple walks given up and Matt took the loss in both of them as a result. Bush’s ERA rose from 2/25 to 3.38 after the two outings and many sounded the alarm as if he were about to lose his job. Matt has since nailed down two saves in a row although he did allow a hit in both of them. While it’s nice to see him convert the saves (especially since I have a few shares) it’s disheartening to see all of the hits and walks allowed. In just 28 and 2/3 innings pitched thus far this season Matt has allowed 31 hits and 10 walks. It’s no wonder his WHIP sits at a bloated 1.43. Having already blown four saves it’s safe to say that Bush probably doesn’t have a long leash these days and another blow up or two could very well cost him his job. I think it would likely have to be a couple outings in a row, and a change could only be temporary, but it’s definitely in the realm of possibility. The next guy up would likely be Keone Kela who is currently available in 92% of Yahoo leagues. With a 4-1 record, a sharp 2.64 ERA and a miniscule 0.88 WHIP Kela has been extremely good this season. His K:BB ratio of 42:13 and his .133 batting average against across 30 and 2/3 innings pitched show just how electric he’s been. The fact that he’s pitched more innings and allowed less than half as many hits (only 14 allowed) as Bush goes to show how much better he’s been late in the game. If you want to hedge your Bush shares or simply speculate about a possible change Keone Kela is a good player to stash. He will give you good ratios and K’s in the meantime and could very well give your fake team saves as well at some point.

Another struggling closer is the Blue Jays Robert Osuna. While he’s been lights out on the bump this season Osuna has recently struggled with anxiety and mental health. In his stead the Blue Jays have turned to the likes of Ryan Tepara who is available in 96% of Yahoo leagues. Tepera has one save and one blown save this season but neither came in his past ten appearances. If you’re speculating on a guy in Toronto he’s the guy. That said I believe that Osuna will likely overcome his troubles as long as him and his team are doing their best to treat them. Earlier today I noted in a chat that I would be a little weary about Osuna in a dynasty league now that his mental health troubles have come to light. I’m less worried about them affecting his play in a redraft league and feel horrible about it in either case. That said this is a game we play to win and Osuna’s anxiety is definitely something that could affect his ability to pitch well and accrue stats for fake baseball teams. I wish him nothing but the best, but I’d be a little worried too.

In Washington the dumpster fire known as the bullpen has been getting hotter and hotter all season. Now that both Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley have landed back on the DL those flames should only grow in size. Neither Glover nor Kelley has a timetable to return yet, so it will likely be awhile for both of them. The best bet for saves at the moment is Matt Albers who you can go and pick up in 81% of Yahoo leagues. If you’re desperate for saves he’s the guy you want. Blake Treinen is also in the mix and available in 95% of Yahoo leagues, but he seemingly goes out and gets shelled every time he might work way into a save situation. Washington just signed Francisco “KRod” Rodriguez but he pitched miserably in Detroit before being released and is likely not the answer that the Nationals are looking for. If you like to throw Hail Mary’s KRod is out there in 69% of Yahoo leagues. At this point I’d be shocked if the Nationals didn’t trade for a Kelvin Herrera, Brad Hand or someone that can help them close out wins. Heck I’d be surprised if they didn’t acquire multiple guys to help their dumpster fire of a bullpen.

Last but not least there’s apparently some sort of closer committee going on in Anaheim for the Angels. Maybe this is how they avoid further injuries as every single player that has been their closer this season has gotten injured. The most recent victim of the Angels closer curse was Bud Norris. While Norris wasn’t a world beater of any sort he filled in quite well as the closer and his saves were much appreciated by all who picked him up off of the wire for free. At any rate Cam Bedrosian, David Hernandez, Blake Parker, Huston Street and Yusmeiro Petit are all in the mix for saves now. Bedrosian is likely the most talented of the group and if you have several shares of him that have been on your DL for much of the season thus far you’re also really hoping the Angels turn to him to lock down their games. Currently available in 48% of Yahoo leagues he’s the first guy that I would pick up on the Angels. The next guy would likely be Blake Parker who saved a game on the 24th and who has terrific ratios this season as he’s posted a 2.06 ERA with a 51:9 K:BB ratio across 35 innings pitched. He’s available in 90% of leagues. Then we have former closers David Hernandez and Huston Street who are free in 97% and 85% of leagues. Both have prior closing experience but are also currently the third best option at best. Lastly we have the long relief man Yusmeiro Petit who recently nailed down a multiple inning save. While he has the last save by this bullpen he’s the least likely to lead them in saves for the rest of the season. If you’re desperate you’re desperate though and I understand wanting to grab him. At the very least he’ll give you some decent ratios and K’s. He’s available in 97% of Yahoo leagues if you want him. This is a bullpen that’s worth monitoring in the chase for saves as the Angels could go in any direction.

 

Without further ado, I give you the almighty closer chart; kneel before thee:

 

Team CLOSER NEXT IN LINE INJURED/MiLB/
Demoted
LA Dodgers Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez
& Sergio Romo
Boston Red Sox Craig Kimbrel Matt Barnes & Joe Kelly Tyler Thornburg
& Carson Smith
Colorado Rockies Greg Holland Adam Ottavino & Jake McGee
New York Yankees Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard & Adam Warren Aroldis Chapman
Chicago Cubs Wade Davis Koji Uehara
& Carl Edwards Jr
Tampa Bay Rays Alex Colome Ryan Stanek
& Chase Whitely
Cincinnati Reds Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen
& Drew Storen
Cleveland Indians Cody Allen & Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw
Pittsburgh Pirates Felipe Rivero Juan Nicasio & Daniel Hudson Tony Watson
Milwaukee Brewers Corey Knebel Jacob Barnes & Carlos Torres Neftali Feliz
Toronto Blue Jays Roberto Osuna Ryan Tepara & Danny Barnes
Houston Astros Ken Giles Will Harris
& Chris Devenski
Seattle Mariners Edwin Diaz James Pazos & Steve Cishek
St Louis Cardinals Seung hwan Oh Trevor Rosenthal
& Jonathan Broxton
KC Royals Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria
& Matt Strahm
Chicago White Sox David Robertson Nate Jones
& Dan Jennings
New York Mets Addison Reed Hansel Robles & Fernando Salas Jeurys Familia
Texas Rangers Matt Bush Jeremy Jeffress
& Keone Kela
Baltimore Orioles Brad Brach Darren O’Day Zach Britton
Detroit Tigers Justin Wilson Alex Wilson
& Shane Green
Miami Marlins AJ Ramos Brad Ziegler & Kyle Barraclough
Atlanta Braves Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino
& Jose Ramirez
Philadelphia Phillies Hector Neris Pat Neshek & Joaquin Benoit
San Diego Padres Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter
& Brad Hand
Arizona Diamondbacks Fernando Rodney Archie Bradley & Jorge DeLaRosa
Oakland Athletics Santiago Casilla & Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson
& Ryan Dull
Minnesota Twins Brandon Kintzler Ryan Pressley
& Matt Belisle
Glen Perkins
LA Angels of Anaheim Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian, David Hernandez, Blake Parker & Yusmeiro Petit Bud Norris
Washington Nationals Matt Albers Enny Romero & Blake Treinen Koda Glover & Shawn Kelley
SF Giants Sam Dyson Hunter Strickland & George Kontos Mark Melancon
updated: 6/28/17

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