Bullpen Report 9.28.17 September 28, 2017  |  Justin Klein


Jeurys Familia is back in the saddle again as the Mets closer. He notched a one out save against Washington on the 22nd before allowing a run but closing out the last three outs against the Braves in the second game of a doubleheader on the 25th. The very next day Familia was used late in a tie game against those same Braves and tossed a clean frame before being awarded the win when the Mets walked off. Currently available in 65% of Yahoo leagues Jeurys should be owned everywhere. Not only is he closing out games, but he’s pitching well and even racking up the K’s. In his last four and 1/3 innings pitched he struck out six batters while saving two games, winning one and holding another. The Mets last three games are against Philadelphia so he could very well notch another save and or win. If you need bullpen help and he’s still available you should add him post haste. Meanwhile if you’re an AJ Ramos owner you can safely drop him in all but the deepest keeper or dynasty formats. His bicep tendinitis has kept him sidelined since the 22nd and it is unlikely that he pitches in any meaningful spots in games this weekend. Even if he does it appears that Familia has solidified himself as the closer in NY.

Mike Minor is Ned Yost’s closer du jour of late as he’s closed out the last three Royals save chances with ease as he allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out two in two and two-thirds innings across three outings. With a game today against the hapless Tigers and then three home games against the already clinched a wildcard Diamondbacks Minor could still be of use the rest of the way. Currently still available in 76% of Yahoo leagues he’s out there for many of you if you need him. While he’s likely a free agent after this season (KC has a one year ten million dollar option) he’s managed to reestablish himself as a late inning option after undergoing Tommy John for the second time and moving to the bullpen from the starting rotation. This is the type of arm that could be very useful next year in a hybrid RP type of role that has recently become popularized by the likes of Andrew Miller. If you’re looking ahead to next season in keeper or dynasty league Minor might be a stealth addition late in the season.

Blake Treinen has been electric out of the A’s bullpen of late yet he’s somehow still available in 59% of Yahoo leagues. If your league mates are asleep at the wheel and you need some bullpen help Treinen should be added in every single format. In his last six appearances Blake has notched four saves and a win while not allowing an earned run and striking out six. While he did allow a combination of seven hits and walks he’s been otherwise spectacular over that stretch.

Sam Dyson blew the Giants 3-1 in spectacular fashion on Wednesday night as he allowed a HR to J.D. Martinez to lead off the ninth. To his credit J.D. is as hot as the surface of the sun right now, so you can’t be too mad at Dyson. After the dinger Sam allowed another run on a fielder’s choice while the bases were loaded to tie the game at three. And then the winning, or losing run in this case, came across the plate after a bases loaded walk. All in all Dyson allowed three runs (all earned) on two walks and three hits including the HR. He was only able to get one out in the frame so it devastated the ratios of anyone that still owns him and is trotting him out there for their fake team. Hopefully that wasn’t the case for you, because if you’re reading this that means that you’re either still in it, or a fantasy baseball nut job. Either way you should know better than to trot an awful closer out there. Unless of course you don’t care about ratios at all and only care about saves. In that case it’s excusable. In any case Dyson could still get a save or two through the weekend, so he’s worth holding if you need saves and don’t care about your precious ratios. In any other case he’s likely not worth the trouble. In a deep 15 team dynasty league that I’m in I dropped Dyson about five weeks ago in favor of Matt Belisle, before recently dropping him. Even in that format Sam’s few saves weren’t worth the pounding on the ratio front. You should join me and drop Sam unless one or two saves is worth the damage. That said I wouldn’t be surprised if Hunter Strickland or Derek Law were called upon to close out any future games. Bruce Bochy has already named Mark Melancon the closer for next season so Dyson will be moving into a setup role or moving on next season.

If you’re looking for a holds guy that could help down the stretch Josh Hader is still out there in 91% of Yahoo leagues. There are only a few games left for Hader and the Brewers (four including today’s tilt against Cincinnati) but he helps with ratios, K’s and holds. In his last outing he allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk across two and two-thirds innings pitched but also managed to rack up six K’s and the win.

Another good hold option that is available nearly everywhere is Adam Morgan, he of the 99% availability in Yahoo leagues. In the past month Adam has notched a 0.77 ERA, 0.51 WHIP, 4 holds and 11 K’s across 11 and 2/3 innings pitched. Morgan’s Phillies face the Mets three times over the weekend so there should be games to hold. Staying right here in Philadelphia there’s another strong option as Edubray Ramos has been the east coast version of Josh Hader of late. Ramos has racked up 21 K’s and four holds in his past 12 and 1/3 innings pitched along with a stellar 1.46 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. He’s even managed to notch two holds in his past three outings. If you’d like to grab him in hopes of a hold or two with some K’s and ratios you can do so in 100% of Yahoo leagues. On the other side of the field at Citizen’s Bank Park will be New York’s Jerry Blevins. He’s scored four holds in the past two weeks and to his credit two came in wins and the other two came in losses. So even if the Mets lose out he could nab a hold or two.

Heading a bit south Sam Freeman has been a hold machine the past month for the Braves, as he’s managed six of them while posting a 0.87 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with eight K’s over his last 10 and 1/3 innings pitched. He’s available in 99% of Yahoo leagues and has four games left against the Marlins in Miami.

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
Tony Watson & Brandon Morrow
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
New York Yankees Aroldis Chapman
David Robertson & Dellin Betances
Cincinnati Reds Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen
& Kevin Shackelford
San Diego Padres Brad Hand Phil Maton & Kirby Yates Carter Capps
Washington Nationals Sean Doolittle
Ryan Madson & Brandon Kintzler
Houston Astros Ken Giles Joe Musgrove
& Chris Devenski
Seattle Mariners Edwin Diaz
Nick Vincent & Emilio Pagan
Cleveland Indians Cody Allen
Andrew Miller & Bryan Shaw
Milwaukee Brewers Corey Knebel
Anthony Swarzak & Josh Hader
Colorado Rockies Greg Holland
Jake McGee, Adam Ottavino & Pat Neshek
Arizona Diamondbacks Fernando Rodney
Archie Bradley & David Hernandez
Toronto Blue Jays Roberto Osuna
Ryan Tepara & Dominic Leon
Philadelphia Phillies Hector Neris
Luis Garcia & Edubray Ramos
Tampa Bay Rays Alex Colome Tommy Hunter
& Brad Boxberger
Oakland Athletics Blake Treinen Santiago Casilla
& Ryan Dull
Atlanta Braves Arodys Vizcaino
Jose Ramirez & A.J. Minter
New York Mets Jeurys Familia Paul Sewald & Jerry Blevins AJ Ramos
KC Royals Mike Minor
Kelvin Herrera, Scott Alexander & Brandon Maurer
Baltimore Orioles Brad Brach Darren O’Day & Mychal Givens Zach Britton
St Louis Cardinals Juan Nicasio & Tyler Lyons Matt Bowman & Zach Duke Trevor Rosenthal
Texas Rangers Alex Caludio Matt Bush & Jake Diekman
Minnesota Twins Matt Belisle Taylor Rodgers
& Trevor Hildenberger
LA Angels of Anaheim Blake Parker
Cam Bedrosian, Yusmeiro Petit & Kenyan Middleton
Detroit Tigers Shane Greene
Drew VerHagen & Blaine Hardy
Chicago White Sox Juan Minaya Gregory Infante
& Danny Farquhar
Nate Jones
Miami Marlins Brad Ziegler
Kyle Barraclough & Drew Steckenrider
SF Giants Sam Dyson Hunter Strickland & Derek Law Mark Melancon
updated: 9/28/17

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