Bullpen Report 9.15.17 September 15, 2017  |  Justin Klein

Aroldis Chapman has returned to the closing role for the Yankees as he’s now up to five consecutive appearances without allowing a run. During that stretch he’s notched a 10:2 K:BB ratio and only two hits across five outings and five and one-third innings pitched. Chapman nailed down two saves over that time span as he notched them on the ninth and 13th. Its great timing for the Yankees as Dellin Betances has struggled while Chapman has surged back into form. Over that same stretch of time Betances has logged seven and one-third innings pitched and has allowed seven runs (all earned) on five hits and six walks. Dellin has managed 15 K’s in that period, but he’s notched as many saves as losses (one) and he’s seen his ERA go up nearly a run in the process. Unless you’re in a holds league or a K/9 league of sorts you can probably let Betances go. Meanwhile David Robertson has quietly maintained his tremendous bounce back season as he’s tossed 8 and two-thirds scoreless innings over that same time period since August 25th. Over that span Robertson has allowed just three hits while notching a 10:3 K:BB ratio and two wins. Currently available in 27% of Yahoo leagues Robertson is a solid addition in most formats because he can provide elite ratios, K’s and a few wins along with a couple of possible rogue saves.

The closing situation in Kansas City has goon from bad to worse as Kelvin Herrera blew a save to the Windians on Thursday the 14th. The Royals were up a run in the ninth and Kelvin allowed the run tying double to Francisco Lindor. It’s nothing new, as Kelvin was yanked from the closing role after a string of poor performances in early September where he allowed seven earned runs in three outings that covered just one and two-thirds innings. If you go back to August 20th Herrea has allowed nine runs (seven earned) along with 13 hits and a 6:6 K:BB ratio across nine outings that spanned seven and a third innings pitched. If you still own Herrea you should probably drop him before he causes any more damage to the ratio department of your fake baseball team. It is likely that the only reason that Herrera was called upon on to save the game on Thursday is because super sub Scott Alexander was likely unavailable after pitching consecutive nights that saw him take a save and then a loss. While Alexander has been solid this season he’s also been rather lucky as his 2.26 ERA is a full run lower than his 3.28 FIP. That said, he’s still been the best guy at the back end of the bullpen for the Royals over the past month and is likely to lead them in saves for the rest of the season. Just don’t expect anymore this weekend, because the team with the racist mascot from Cleveland doesn’t lose very often. Currently available in 85% of Yahoo leagues he’s Alexander is still out there for most of you if you need him. Maybe grab him on Sunday or Monday ahead of next week if possible. If you’re totally desperate for saves and Scott isn’t available you can consider the 56% available Brandon Maurer. Just be aware that with the rogue saves comes utter devastation to fantasy ratios. In his last six outings Maurer has collected two clean saves, but also been blasted for three earned runs while notching two outs two times and had another miserable outing where he allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk without even managing a single out. His ERA is up to 8.35 and his WHIP to 2.29 with a batting average against of .365 since he’s joined the Junior Circuit. Because of his woes and Herrera’s injuries and unproductiveness Mike Minor has also worked his way into the closing picture for Kansas City. Available in 91% of Yahoo leagues Mike has posted a solid 80:21 K:BB ratio with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP across 72 innings pitched. It appears that Mike is fully back to health and another successful converted starting pitcher to reliever story. His .207 batting average against is a career low (or high in this case) and Minor has managed six wins and 17 holds along the way. I love adding Minor in most formats, because he should collect a handful of saves the rest of the way and he also possesses the super versatile position eligibility of both SP and RP so it’s easy to slot him into your fantasy lineups. If you need saves or just quality ratios with a good amount of K’s and some possible wins and or saves Minor is a solid addition. In fact I like him so much that I think I just talked myself into adding him in a head to head league where I only start elite RP because of a low innings pitched requirement.

In Minnesota Matt Belisle blew his second save since becoming the Twins closer on Thursday evening against the Blue Jays as he allowed a solo dong to Justin Smoak to tie the game in the ninth inning. Luckily for Matt and the possibly playoff bound Twinkies Dillon Gee worked his way around a leadoff double and then Byron “you should’ve been more patient as a dynasty owner” Buxton walked it off in the bottom of the 10th frame. Despite the second blown save Belisle is a hold in all formats and should in fact still be added where available. Seeing as how he’s currently floating around in the free agent pool in 67% of Yahoo leagues he’s out there for more than two-thirds of you Yahooligans right now. His ratios won’t be great, but they’ve been okay and his I don’t care about his strikeout numbers as long as he’s notching saves. He should still get a handful more of them for the rest of the season as long as he stays healthy and doesn’t have an implosion. If you’re in need of saves in a rotisserie league or head to head league and it’s not a big margin Belisle could very well be the difference. Go pick him up!

Last but not least I wanted to mention the closing situation in Anaheim. While it’s still a committee that’s apparently being led by Blake Parker but also includes Cam Bedrosian and Yusmeiro Petit it no longer includes Kenyan Middleton. That’s because Middleton left the Angels-Astros game on Thursday with an injury. It appeared to be a hand or forearm injury and because of it I wouldn’t count on him for anything the rest of the way. It could be nothing major and he could return tomorrow, or it could be something more and he could be out for the season. With a limited number of games I’d rather move on with a player that I know is healthy.


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

LA Dodgers Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez
& Tony Watson
Boston Red Sox Craig Kimbrel Addison Reed & Matt Barnes Tyler Thornburg
Chicago Cubs Wade Davis
Carl Edwards Jr. & Pedro Strop
Pittsburgh Pirates Felipe Rivero
Daniel Hudson & Joaquin Benoit
Cincinnati Reds Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen
& Kevin Shackelford
New York Yankees Aroldis Chapman
David Robertson & Dellin Betances
San Diego Padres Brad Hand Phil Maton & Kirby Yates Carter Capps
Milwaukee Brewers Corey Knebel
Anthony Swarzak & Jacob Barnes
Houston Astros Ken Giles Joe Musgrove
& Chris Devenski
Seattle Mariners Edwin Diaz
Nick Vincent & Emilio Pagan
Cleveland Indians Cody Allen
Andrew Miller & Bryan Shaw
Washington Nationals Sean Doolittle
Ryan Madson & Brandon Kintzler
Arizona Diamondbacks Fernando Rodney
Archie Bradley & David Hernandez
Toronto Blue Jays Roberto Osuna
Ryan Tepara & Danny Barnes
Tampa Bay Rays Alex Colome Tommy Hunter
& Brad Boxberger
Philadelphia Phillies Hector Neris
Luis Garcia & Edubray Ramos
Detroit Tigers Shane Greene
Alex Wilson & Drew VerHagen
Colorado Rockies Greg Holland
Jake McGee, Adam Ottavino & Pat Neshek
Atlanta Braves Arodys Vizcaino
Jim Johnson & Jose Ramirez
New York Mets AJ Ramos
Paul Sewald & Jerry Blevins
Oakland Athletics Blake Treinen Santiago Casilla
& Ryan Dull
Baltimore Orioles Zach Britton
Brad Brach & Darren O’Day
St Louis Cardinals Juan Nicasio & Tyler Lyons Seung hwan Oh & Matt Bowman Trevor Rosenthal
Texas Rangers Alex Caludio Matt Bush & Tony Barnette
Keone Kela
Minnesota Twins Matt Belisle Taylor Rodgers
& Trevor Hildenberger
LA Angels of Anaheim Blake Parker, Cam Bedrosian & Yusmeiro Petit Bud Norris
SF Giants Sam Dyson
Hunter Strickland & Mark Melancon
KC Royals Scott Alexander, Mike Minor & Brandon Maurer Peter Moylan & Ryan Buchter Kelvin Herrera
Miami Marlins Brad Ziegler
Kyle Barraclough & Drew Steckenrider
Chicago White Sox Juan Minaya Gregory Infante
& Danny Farquhar
Nate Jones
updated: 9/15/17

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