Bullpen Report 25.0 September 29, 2016  |  Justin Klein


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Raisel Iglesias has finally taken over as the closer for the Cincinnati Reds as he’s notched the last two saves for the Small Red Machine. Raisel closed out a 2-1 win at St. Louis on Wednesday as he worked two innings and allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one. It was nice to see him go multiple innings in a closing situation. Before that he worked a perfect inning while striking out the side in a 4-2 win at Milwaukee on September 25th. Iglesias also worked a perfect inning the day before, but it was a 6-1 game and there was obviously no save situation. For those of you still holding onto Tony Cingrani, you can safely drop him in every league regardless of size or format. Tony hasn’t notched a save since September 10th and has allowed an earned run or more in four of his last seven outings. With a 4.13 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 47:37 K:BB ratio in 61 innings pitched this season, saves were the only positive thing that Cingrani was providing in the fake game. Even if Iglesias returns to the starting rotation nest year, there is almost no chance that Cingrani gets another crack at the closing gig unless Cincinnati makes some horrible front office decisions. While that’s been known to happen, I just don’t see it. It’s time to move on, folks. If you’re in one of the 44% of Yahoo leagues where Raisel is still somehow magically available, you should immediately add him. He could deliver saves, ratios and K’s through the weekend and maybe he even vultures a win too. He’s likely gone if you’re in a dynasty or keeper league, but it’s worth checking just in case.

In Philadelphia Jeanmar Gomez has one upped Tony Cingrani in the craptastic department as he’s been blasted for at least one earned run in four of his last five outings, including two where he allowed three earned runs while only notching two outs and zero outs. The one appearance of those five where he didn’t allow a run he was able to secure the save. That was over two weeks ago on September 14th and it was a game where there was a man on with one out in the ninth, but the Phillies held a four run lead, so it was the easiest save situation possible. If you’re still holding onto Jeanmar, you must be really desperate for saves, because they are likely to come with bloated ratios, not many K’s and that’s if they even come at all. Meanwhile Hector Neris has been very good this season, largely in a setup role, but for whatever reason the Phillies aren’t giving him a shot at the role even though he’s just 27 and could have a future in the role. Currently floating around in 81% of Yahoo leagues, Neris has managed to strike out 100 batters in just 78 and 1/3 innings of work while notching an impressive four wins and one save with a 2.53 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. I think that Neris would be an interesting add in dynasty leagues if I thought he could have a role as a future closer, but if that were the case one would think that the Phillies would have given him a long look this month. Because they haven’t it makes me skeptical.

Sergio Romo looks like his old self of late as he still has the waffle ball slider that makes accomplished major league hitters look as foolish as I would at the dish. In his last three outings Sergio has been lights out as he closed out three games while only allowing two total hits and no walks with four strikeouts. Now up to 27 and 2/3 innings pitched this season, Sergio is sporting a slick 2.93 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and .242 BAA with a 30:7 K:BB ratio. I expect him to hold the closing role as the Giants finish out the season and likely head into the playoffs as a Wild Card team. It’s an even year, so I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if they went on some sort of magical run because baseball. If you are in one of the 77% of Yahoo leagues where Romo is still available and you are in the fantasy baseball playoffs or trying to squeeze out every save possible in your rotisserie league, you should make the addition post haste. All other Giants RP can be dropped unless you’re in a holds league, need some ratio relief or in a deep dynasty league (in that case I’d probably hold onto Hunter Strickland because he might get a shot at the role next season).

Mauricio Cabrera is technically the setup man in Atlanta, but he’s notched two saves and a win in his last two and one-third innings, while ranking as the sixth best RP and 57th best player in the fake game over the past week. Just 23 years old Cabrera has quietly made a name for himself this season while posting a 4-1 record with six saves and eight holds to go with a 2.84 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .221 BAA and a 32:17 K:BB ratio across 38 innings pitched. If you are desperate for saves over this weekend and no “true closers” are available, Mauricio is likely your best bet. Otherwise he’s a good addition in holds leagues or anywhere you need help with your pitching ratios. In dynasty leagues I love adding him now with the hope of him having an expanded role on a young Braves team next season. Currently available in 96% of Yahoo leagues, he’s likely out there if you want him.

Brad Hand has flown under the radar this season as I didn’t even notice how dominant he’s been until about a week ago when I was scanning the waiver wire for a RP with SP eligibility in one of my shallow minimum inning requirement head to head leagues. This season Brad has managed four wins, a save and 21 holds while posting a 2.77 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a miniscule .190 BAA with a stupendous K:BB ratio of 109:36 across 87 and 2/3 innings pitched. Aloha Mr. Hand! If you are also in a minimum innings pitched head-to-head league and trying to win three of the five standard categories (saves, ERA and WHIP) while usually punting wins and K’s, you can join me and pick up Brad Hand in 94% of Yahoo leagues. He should provide solid ratios and K’s with some holds and maybe even a win as we close out the regular season.

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

LA Dodgers Kenley Jansen Adam Liberatore & Joe Blanton
Baltimore Orioles Zach Britton Brad Brach & Mychal Givens Darren O’Day
Chicago Cubs Aroldis Chapman Justin Grimm & Carl Edwards Jr Hector Rondon & Pedro Strop
New York Yankees Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard & Adam Warren
St Louis Cardinals Seung hwan Oh Kevin Siegrist & Jonathan Broxton
Washington Nationals Mark Melancon Shawn Kelley & Blake Treinen
New York Mets Jeurys Familia Addison Reed & Fernando Salas
Toronto Blue Jays Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli & Jaquin Benoit
Boston Red Sox Craig Kimbrel Koji Uehara & Brad Ziegler Carson Smith
Seattle Mariners Edwin Diaz Steve Cishek & Nick Vincent
Houston Astros Ken Giles Will Harris & Luke Gregerson
KC Royals Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera & Joakim Soria
Cleveland Indians Cody Allen & Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw & Dan Otero
Tampa Bay Rays Alex Colome Brad Boxberger & Xavier Cedeno
Miami Marlins AJ Ramos Fernando Rodney & Kyle Barraclough
Texas Rangers Sam Dyson Matt Bush & Jake Diekman
Chicago White Sox David Robertson Nate Jones & Matt Albers
Cincinnati Reds Raisel Iglesias Tony Cingrani & Michael Lorenzen
Detroit Tigers Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson & Shane Green
SF Giants Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland & Derek Law
Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Thornburg Crey Knebel & Carlos Torres
Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Watson Neftali Feliz & Felipe Rivero
Colorado Rockies Adam Ottavino Jake McGee & Carlos Estevez
Minnesota Twins Brandon Kintzler Ryan Pressley & Taylor Rodgers Glen Perkins
Oakland Athletics Ryan Madson John Axford & Ryan Dull Sean Doolittle
San Diego Padres Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter & Kevin Quackenbush
Atlanta Braves Jim Johnson Mauricio Cabrera & Ian Krol Arodys Vizcaino
LA Angels of Anaheim Andrew Bailey Deolis Guerra & JC Ramirez Huston Street & Cam Bedrosian
Arizona Diamondbacks Daniel Hudson Randall Delgado & Enrique Burgos
Philadelphia Phillies Jeanmar Gomez David Hernandez & Hector Neris
updated: 9.29.16

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