Bullpen Report 8.16.17 August 16, 2017  |  Justin Klein

Aroldis Chapman has been awful lately as he’s allowed one or two earned runs in his past three outings. On August 15th he gave up two earned runs on a HR by Amed Rosario but managed to nail down the save. On the final play of the game Chapman appeared to have tightness in his hamstring as he grimaced and appeared to be in a great deal of pain. After the game he said, “It’s nothing to worry about.” I never believe in the player’s self diagnosis in situations like these and don’t take anything they say to heart. They’re competitive and obviously not trained in any sort of medical field. In his last appearance before that on August 13th Chapman took the loss to the Red Sox as he allowed a game tying HR to Rafael Devers in the ninth inning on a 103 MPH fastball. When he came out to start the 10th inning he put a runner on base that eventually came around to score. That saddled Aroldis with the loss, even though it was a tough one to swallow, because the dong came on a very fast pitch. Two days before that Chapman notched the save against Boston, but allowed a run in that outing as well. It’s concerning that Aroldis’ ERA is now up to 3.89 and his K/9 is the lowest that it’s ever been in his career. That said he’s been a little unlucky with a .341 BABIP allowed and a 69.3% LOB% this season. His 2.70 FIP shows that he’s been a bit unlucky, but whichever way you dice it this has still been a down season for the dominant hurler. Because of the injury concern astute fake gamers should look to add the set up men Dellin Betances and David Robertson wherever they’re available. Betances can be picked up in 22% of Yahoo leagues while Robertson is available in 31% of them. While Betances filled in previously for Chapman he’s allowed more walks and HR than ever before and Robertson has been perfect for the Yankees and solid all season long. To be fair though Dellin has been spectacular in August, and has the best pure stuff. I’d add Robertson first, but that’s honestly pure speculation on my part. Both should provide strong ratios and K’s and both could accrue saves if Chapman were to miss time because of injury or demotion. This is definitely a situation worth monitoring and both players are strong additions in every format.




In Chicago it’s anyone’s guess who the closer will be now that Tyler Clippard has been dealt to Houston. There are three perspective candidates and they are Jake Petricka, Juan Minaya and Gregory Infante. Minaya is the youngest and has the highest upside of the three because of his age and skill set. Unfortunately he took the loss on Tuesday as he allowed a run on a hit and a walk. After coming on in the seventh inning it’s curious as he came into the game fairly early for a perspective closer, but also when the game appeared to be on the line. He’s currently available in 95% of Yahoo leagues if you’d like to speculate. Jake Petricka is another interesting candidate but he’s been hit up of late and now sits on an unsightly 8.09 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP across 19 innings pitched. While it’s a small sample it’s definitely not a confidence builder. Jake can be picked up for free in 99% of Yahoo leagues if you’d like to add him. Last but not least there’s Gregory Infante, who’s managed a below average 4.54 ERA and 1.63 WHIP across 33 and 2/3 innings pitched this season. He’s available in 100% of Yahoo leagues. Minaya is my favorite addition for now as he has the best skills and is the youngest of the bunch. The White Sox might as well give him the chance to close and see what he’s got. If he keeps giving up runs and taking losses it obviously won’t last and they’ll have to move on to someone else. In all likelihood that would be Petricka and or Infante.


In Minnesota there’s a similar bunch up at the back of the bullpen, but it’s not nearly as desperate as the situation in Chicago. Matt Belisle looked terrific when he stepped into the role as he closed out games on the sixth and seventh with clean innings and hearty handshakes. Then he struck out the side in the ninth inning of a 4-0 win over Milwaukee on the ninth. Unfortunately for him and his owners in the fake game his next appearance was a tough one to swallow as he allowed a single and then a two run home run that resulted in a blown save and a loss. The very next day Trevor Hildenberger secured the save by tossing one and a third innings while notching three K’s in a 6-4 Minnesota win. Belisle is still out there in 81% of Yahoo leagues and is likely going to get the next save chance. That’s no guarantee though, as both Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers are solid options as well. Hildenberger is available in 98% of Yahoo leagues and Rogers is out there in 90% of them if you’d like to speculate. If I had to order them right now it would be Belisle, Hildenberger and then Rogers, but that could change at any time. Minnesota has been winning lately, and all three options could help fantasy owners, so this is definitely a situation worth monitoring and acting on wherever possible.

In New York AJ Ramos has been closing since coming over in a trade from Miami, but it’s worth noting that Jeurys Familia has just started rehabbing and could be back sometime in late August or early September. Familia is available in 59% of Yahoo leagues and is a great player to stash if he’s available and you have a DL slot to work with. Just keep in mind that he’s no lock to succeed and take the closing role right away or at all if he doesn’t prove healthy and productive.



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

LA Dodgers Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez
& Brandon Morrow
Boston Red Sox Craig Kimbrel Matt Barnes & Heath Hembree Tyler Thornburg
& Carson Smith
Colorado Rockies Greg Holland
Adam Ottavino & Jake McGee
Chicago Cubs Wade Davis Koji Uehara
& Carl Edwards Jr
Toronto Blue Jays Roberto Osuna
Ryan Tepara & Danny Barnes
Pittsburgh Pirates Felipe Rivero
Juan Nicasio & Daniel Hudson
Cincinnati Reds Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen
& Drew Storen
San Diego Padres Brad Hand Phil Maton & Kirby Yates Carter Capps
Milwaukee Brewers Corey Knebel
Jacob Barnes & Carlos Torres
New York Yankees Aroldis Chapman
Dellin Betances, David Robertson & Tommy Kahnle
Houston Astros Ken Giles Will Harris
& Chris Devenski
Seattle Mariners Edwin Diaz
James Pazos & Steve Cishek
Cleveland Indians Cody Allen & Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw
Arizona Diamondbacks Fernando Rodney
Archie Bradley & Jorge DeLaRosa
St Louis Cardinals Trevor Rosenthal Brett Cecil & Matt Bowman
KC Royals Kelvin Herrera
Joakim Soria & Brandon Maurer
Washington Nationals Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson & Brandon Kintzler
Koda Glover & Shawn Kelley
Detroit Tigers Shane Greene Alex Wilson & Joe Jimenez
Baltimore Orioles Zach Britton
Brad Brach & Darren O’Day
Tampa Bay Rays Alex Colome Tommy Hunter
& Brad Boxberger
New York Mets AJ Ramos Hansel Robles & Fernando Salas Jeurys Familia
Philadelphia Phillies Hector Neris
Pat Neshek & Joaquin Benoit
Atlanta Braves Arodys Vizcaino
Jim Johnson & Jose Ramirez
SF Giants Sam Dyson
Hunter Strickland & Mark Melancon
Texas Rangers Alex Caludio
Keone Kela & Matt Bush & Jose Leclerc
Miami Marlins Brad Ziegler
Kyle Barraclough & Junichi Tazawa
Oakland Athletics Blake Treinen Santiago Casilla
& Liam Hendricks
LA Angels of Anaheim Cam Bedrosian, Yusmeiro Petit, Blake Parker & Kenyan Middleton Bud Norris
Minnesota Twins Matt Belisle Taylor Rodgers
& Trevor Hildenberger
Glen Perkins
Chicago White Sox Juan Miaya & Jake Petricka Gregory Infante
& Dan Jennings
Nate Jones
updated: 8/16/17

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