Friday, May 15, 2015

The Fake Baseball presents: Bullpen Report 6.0

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Bullpen Report 6.0

posted by Justin Klein

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Steve Cishek is out as the closer in Miami, but he’s part of the supposed trio of closers by committee installed by Mike Redmond that also includes A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn. I believe that Ramos will get the majority of save chances going forward and he is currently available in 58% of Yahoo leagues. Although he’s struggled with WHIP in the past, he’s been great thus far this season and could be a top-20 option if he gets the majority of save chances. Dunn could get some saves against tough LHH because he’s the lone LHP of the trio. Available in 96% of Yahoo leagues, Ramos is a great addition in blood for saves leagues, deep leagues, holds league or anywhere you need RP help. Cishek still has nasty stuff and could work his back into favor in Miami over time, especially if Ramos fails. Keep an eye on him and feel free to stash him in deeper leagues if you can. He’s been dropped in 20% of Yahoo leagues over the past day, and I expect that number to go up.
Kenley Jansen will be back on Saturday as he’s fully recovered from his foot injury and has already pitched 4 and a third rehab innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Don Mattingly already came out and said that Jansen will not be immediately re-inserted into the closer role because he’s an idiot. Shave those sideburns Mattingly! I expect Kenley to work his way into the closer’s chair within a week or however long it takes Mattingly to get his head out of his ass or someone in the organization to instruct him to do soYimi Garcia is still worth rostering in every size league because of his tremendous ability and eye-popping ratios that will continue to have value. The fact that he could still get some saves moving forward only helps that value.
Huston Street gave up runs in 3 of 4 appearances from April 30th to May 7th where he allowed multiple hits and a walk in each outing, but he has since notched 3 clean outings in a row without allowing either. Then just yesterday the Angels signed Street to an 18 million dollar 2 year extension with a 10 million dollar club option in 2018. Sure seems like the Angels aren’t worried about Street’s poor week. The millions of dollars and 2 plus years under contract are just more leash. Because of this, Joe Smith seems like a long shot as a hedge for saves and can be dropped in shallower leagues or if you were speculating on saves in midsized leagues.
Tony Watson is still the hedge in Pittsburgh as Mark Melancon continues to struggle. While he hasn’t blown any saves lately, he allowed multiple hits in his last 2 appearances including a home run. Plus his K/9 and his velocity are way down this season. His HR/9 was 0.25 last year and its 1.17 this year and his HR/FB rate was 4.7% last year and its 15.4% this year. Those numbers are awfully scary and will likely lead to more poor outings. Watson is still available in 72% of Yahoo leagues if you’d like to speculate. I think that Melancon is probably on his way out as closer and will soon lose his job to Watson, who would likely be a top 15 RP if given the chance to close. Go get him go getters.
Addison Reed is another closer on the brink of losing his job. He has been fairly bad this season and had a nightmarish inning on Wednesday against the Nationals where he allowed 3 hits, a walk and a grand slam to take the loss. His ERA is now up to 7.20 even though his FIP of 3.64 suggests that he’s been a bit unlucky. One look at his .412 BABIP and you can see that is the case. Hopefully the Diamondbacks give him some leash and allow the numbers to correct themselves. The other options to close in the desert are Brad Ziegler of moneyball fame and Oliver Perez. Perez was fantastic last season but has not been good this year. Ziegler has been good, but also very lucky, as his .190 BABIP allowed and 3.35 FIP are more of an indicator than his 1.26 ERA. Brad’s K/9 of 3.77 is downright disgusting, so let’s hope Reed gets it ironed out.

Drew Storen has been great over the past 2 weeks, as he has 4 saves and 5 innings where he’s allowed only one hit along with no walks or runs while striking out 6. After a shaky start his ERA is down to 1.20 and his WHIP sits at a sparkling 0.80. Aaron Barrett has done a fine job setting up for Storen in the Nationals bullpen and has been among the best RP’s in the league and a very useful piece in the fake game. He’s now up to 3 wins, 5 holds and 21 K’s in 14 and two-thirds innings pitched. Available in 94% of Yahoo leagues, he’s a great addition in holds leagues or any deep league where you need help from an RP slot.
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