Bullpen Report 8.24.17 August 24, 2017  |  Justin Klein


 

Dellin Betances has replaced the struggling Aroldis Chapman and taken over as the closer for the New York Yankees. I suggested that it might happen in the last Bullpen Report and Betances went ahead and notched three saves in the past ten days. David Robertson also had a save during that time (on August 16th), but it’s worth noting that it was directly after Betances had pitched three consecutive days in a row (August 13th, 14th and 15th). Then for good measure Dellin pitched the very next day and closed out a game on August 17th. So while Robertson might get a rogue save or two it is Dellin’s job for now. I say for now because there is certainly a chance that Champman could take it back in the near future. All it would take is a handful of scoreless outings where Aroldis is locating his pitches and notching 100+ MPH on the radar gun. He is after all one of the best relief pitchers in the history of baseball given the numbers. Although he’s had a down season by his standards it will be interesting to see how the Yankees handle the situation. If you’re in the 15% of Yahoo leagues where Betances is somehow magically available you should stop reading this and immediately add him. If you’re in the 22% of Yahoo leagues where Robertson is available you should probably add him as well. I expect a few more saves along with solid ratios and a good amount of K’s with a couple of wins sprinkled in for the rest of the season. Meanwhile if you’re a Chapman owner you’re basically forced to hold him and hope that he can win the job back. Aroldis has struggled mightily, but then again Betances had a fairly terrible stretch over the middle of the summer as well. His WHIP had ballooned up over 1.40 and then he went on a ridiculous scoreless stretch that’s lasted nearly a month as he has consecutively covered 12 innings over 11 appearances without allowing a run. During those outings Dellin has only allowed three hits (only one in his past 11 innings) and four walks while striking out 17 batters and not allowing an earned or unearned run. Although it’s rather impressive it must be taken with a grain of salt. In late June and early to mid July Betances was walking everyone as he allowed 17 free passes in 12 appearances that only covered 10 innings pitched. During those 10 innings he allowed runs four times and combined they totaled nine earned runs. This means that Betances could potentially give the job back to Chapman or Robertson at any time and that it’s definitely a situation worth monitoring.

 

 

In Colorado it appears that Greg Holland has finally shown some ill effects of pitching at the hitter’s paradise of Coors Field freshly removed from Tommy John surgery. In the month of August Holland has allowed 12 earned runs on 11 hits and six walks and a HBP across 8 appearances that covered seven innings pitched. That after allowing only two runs in July, June and April to go with one in the month of May. That’s seven earned runs over his first 38 and 1/3 innings pitched before August and then 12 earned runs from August 6th to the 23rd. On August 4th Holland’s ERA was 1.56 and it now sits at 3.77. Before the bad month Greg had only allowed 2 earned runs away from Coors Field, but two of his three biggest blowups in August have come on the road. Despite being at Cleveland (one of the better offenses in the league) and at Kansas City (his former team) it’s still worth noting that the worst outings of the stretch have come away from Coors Field. This leads me to believe that he’s finally hit a wall post Tommy John surgery, and it’s not surprising, seeing as how virtually everyone who’s had the surgery has hit a similar one. The fact that this poor performance slide has occurred roughly 40 innings into his return from TJ is not a surprise at all. At this point Holland is still the team’s closer and as recently as Wednesday (August 23rd) Colorado manager Bud Black was quoted saying, “we wouldn’t be where they are without Greg Holland” and that “my initial instinct is to keep him where he is.” That’s all fine and dandy, but with the Rockies losing four in a row and seven of their last 10 games there isn’t much more room for failure at the back end of the Colorado bullpen. With a small three game lead in the wildcard race the Rockies simply cannot afford loses in games where they are ahead if they have plans to play in October. I would be downright shocked if Holland were to get lit up again and keep his job as the team’s closer. The Colorado set up man are widely available in Yahoo leagues and they are:  Adam Ottavino (available in 84% of Yahoo leagues) and Jake McGee (available in 98% of Yahoo leagues). Ottavino recently got decimated by the Braves in an outing that saw him give up three runs on four hits while only notching two outs. That was on August 17th and his ERA now sits at an ugly 5.36 to go with a fugly 1.67 WHIP on the season. If Holland’s been shaky Ottavino has been worse, so it’s unlikely that he’s the next man up regardless of his current role. Jake McGee has been good for the Rockies this season after a down year last season. Jake has posted a 3.45 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP with a paltry .221 batting average against despite pitching half of his games at Coors Field. The fact that he’s notched a 52:13 K:BB ratio across 47 innings pitched shows that he can still be dominant and has the stuff to close out games. He could very well be the next closer in Colorado if Bud Black decides to make a change. Although he’s left handed and managers tend to not use lefties at the back end of games he is the best option they have in my humble opinion. That said the dark horse closer candidate to replace Holland is current middle reliever Pat Neshek who came over to Colorado in a deal with the Phillies in late July. It’s worth noting that while Neshek still has phenomenal numbers on the season he’s already allowed four earned runs since joining the Rockies less than a month ago after allowing only five earned runs from April 5th to July 23rd. Since he’s joined Colorado Pat has posted a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP with a batting average against of .300. Neshek is currently available in 81% of Yahoo leagues. While I am waffling a bit on who is likely to be the next closer if Holland is yanked from the role you should go easy on me because after all it is #nationalwaffleday. Ha. If I had to pick right now I would go with McGee. Unlike Nehsek he has been dominant for much of his career and also has that vaunted closing experience as he’s saved 42 games over his career and that includes one save this season and 15 saves for the Rockies in 2016. If you’re a Holland owner and you’re looking to hedge your saves or merely a save speculator you can and should add Jake McGee. He has closer stuff, has been dominant for much of his career (outside of one fairly unlucky season in Tampa Bay and parts of last season in Colorado) and he has closing experience. While Neshek is also an option he’s managed only eight saves against 21 blown saves over an 11 year career that’s spanned 479 games. If you’re in a blood for saves league you can definitely speculate on Neshek and/or McGee if you’d like. Keep in mind that the Rockies still play half of their games in Colorado, so any of the saves that you’re able to snare from either of these guys should a change be made could come with a bumpy outing or three and some wonky ratios along the way.

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
& Brandon Morrow
Boston Red Sox Craig Kimbrel Matt Barnes & Heath Hembree Tyler Thornburg
& Carson Smith
Chicago Cubs Wade Davis Koji Uehara
& Carl Edwards Jr
Pittsburgh Pirates Felipe Rivero
Juan Nicasio & Daniel Hudson
New York Yankees Dellin Betances
David Robertson, Aroldis Chapman & Tommy Kahnle
Toronto Blue Jays Roberto Osuna
Ryan Tepara & Danny Barnes
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
Houston Astros Ken Giles Luke Gregerson
& Chris Devenski
Seattle Mariners Edwin Diaz
James Pazos & Steve Cishek
Cleveland Indians Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Andrew Miller
Washington Nationals Sean Doolittle
Brandon Kintzler & Matt Albers
Arizona Diamondbacks Fernando Rodney
Archie Bradley & Jorge DeLaRosa
KC Royals Kelvin Herrera
Joakim Soria & Brandon Maurer
Detroit Tigers Shane Greene Alex Wilson & Joe Jimenez
Colorado Rockies Greg Holland
Jake McGee, Adam Ottavino & Pat Neshek
Atlanta Braves Arodys Vizcaino
Jim Johnson & Jose Ramirez
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
Baltimore Orioles Zach Britton
Brad Brach & Darren O’Day
Oakland Athletics Blake Treinen Santiago Casilla
& Liam Hendricks
St Louis Cardinals Seung hwan Oh Tyler Lyons & Matt Bowman Trevor Rosenthal
Texas Rangers Alex Caludio
Keone Kela & Matt Bush & Jose Leclerc
Minnesota Twins Matt Belisle Taylor Rodgers
& Trevor Hildenberger
Glen Perkins
LA Angels of Anaheim Cam Bedrosian, Yusmeiro Petit, Blake Parker & Kenyan Middleton Bud Norris
SF Giants Sam Dyson
Hunter Strickland & Mark Melancon
Miami Marlins Brad Ziegler
Kyle Barraclough & Junichi Tazawa
Chicago White Sox Juan Miaya Gregory Infante
& Jake Petricka
Nate Jones
updated: 8/24/17

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