Welcome to the SCFE Week 10 Bullpen Briefs. This will be a reoccurring article focusing on all the happenings in bullpens around the league. While we all know there are some studs that may not lose their respective roles. There are plenty more that will be ripe for the taking.
And this won’t just be for the coveted closer roles. This will focus on setup men shifting. As well as letting people know who the next guy is that could get a lot of holds for them. Keeping an eye here can also help you know who to make that speculative add to your roster before the change is made.
I hope everyone got the Coming to America nod in the title. This week, I’m looking at a situation in Pittsburgh that needs to be resolved. Washington’s ninth inning is stabilized, for now. A possible change in Atlanta. And two Angels that are rehabbing their way back to the majors to keep an eye on.
If you want to see who to start at pitching or hitting this week, we got you covered. Scott Guthrie handles our Pitching Planner. And as far as hitting goes, Aaron Hinckley writes our Hitting Planner.
So as we look to the second week of June, who are some of the guys you need to be looking at? Let’s dive in!
Week 10 Bullpen Briefs
**Updated as of June 1
Tony Watson, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Not officially out, Tony Watson has not been pitching well as of late. In his last 10 games, Watson has a 6.55 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. In that span, he has three wins, a loss, three saves and three blown saves. Not the type of line you want from your closer. It’s entirely possible that the Pirates try and move Watson at the deadline. Whether he’s still the closer by that time remains the question.
Filipe Rivero, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Filipe Rivero has been lights out this season. In 28 appearances, he has a 0.65 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 12 holds, 29 strikeouts and six walks. Most will point to him being a lefty, and if he’s that good, keep him in his current role. Even though he’s who you want in your high leverage situations, the Pirates may elect to make a move. With Daniel Hudson also not helping the bullpen (6.04 ERA), the Pirates need to put the best reliever in the ninth.
Koda Glover, RP, Washington Nationals
Since taking over the closer role, Koda Glover has made the most of the opportunity. Since returning in the middle of May, he’s converted all five saves chances and has a 10:1 K:BB ratio. The emergence of Glover may convince the Nats to stand pat with who they have. But I would not be surprised if they went and got a veteran just in case the rookie falters. They could also get someone for insurance should Glover’s hip issue happen to reoccur. As for now, just ride the hot hand and hope he keeps dealing.
These guys will be getting Holds and the occasional save opportunity for your team. Some will even luck into a few Wins.
- Adam Ottavino, COL: 15 Holds, 2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 24 K, 15 BB, 0 SV – 10-day DL (shoulder) Expected return June 9
- Andrew Miller, CLE: 13 Holds, 0.34 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 37 K, 5 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Filipe Rivero, PIT: 12 Holds, 0.65 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 29 K, 6 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Taylor Rogers, MIN: 12 Holds, 3.44 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 14 K, 4 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Heath Hembree, BOS: 11 Holds, 3.76 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 27 K, 5 BB, 0 SV
- Corey Knebel, MIL: 11 Holds, 1.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 46 K, 13 BB, 4 SV
- Arodys Vizcaino, ATL: 11 Holds, 2.42 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 26 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Matt Bowman, STL: 10 Holds, 5.09 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 20 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
- Mike Dunn, COL: 10 Holds, 5.51 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 22 K, 10 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Will Harris, HOU: 10 Holds, 2.49 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 22 K, 3 BB, 2 SV, 1 W
- Alex Wilson, DET: 10 Holds, 1.88 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 14 K, 6 BB, 2 SV, 1 W
- Jose Alvarez, LAA: 10 Holds, 4.79 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 17 K, 5 BB, 1 SV
- Ryan Dull, OAK: 9 Holds, 6.32 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 18 K, 9 BB, 0 SV, 2 W – 10-day disabled list (knee) Expected return June 1
- Mychal Givens, BAL: 9 Holds, 2.96 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 26 K, 10 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
- Luke Gregerson, HOU: 9 Holds, 5.66 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 23 K, 8 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Jose Ramirez, ATL: 9 Holds, 1.99 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 19 K, 6 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Fernando Salas, NYM: 9 Holds, 5.26 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 25 K, 15 BB, 0 SV
- Bryan Shaw, CLE: 9 Holds, 2.59 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 23 K, 11 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
- Joe Smith, TOR: 9 Holds, 3.16 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 39 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
- Carlos Torres, MIL: 9 Holds, 3.21 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 22 K, 11 BB, 1 SV, 2 W
Keep an eye on…
Arodys Vizcaino, RP, Atlanta Braves
Jim Johnson has been doing really well as the Braves closer. That bodes well for the Braves as they can use him as a trade chip come July. Someone will want the experienced closer. And that, in turn, is great for Arodys Vizcaino. If Johnson is traded, Vizcaino should move seamlessly into the closer role.
Before taking the loss on Wednesday, Vizcaino had converted seven holds in eight games. In those eight games, he gave up two hits and had seven strikeouts. For now, he’s slotted in the eighth inning for the Braves. But that could all change come July.
Huston Street, RP, Los Angeles Angels
Cam Bedrosian, RP, Los Angeles Angels
Cam Bedrosian is expected to start throwing in some rehab games. And if everything goes according to plan, he should be able to rejoin the Angels soon. Bud Norris has filled in at closer very well in Bedrosian’s absence. It will be interesting to see what Mike Scioscia does once Bedrosian eventually returns. The Angels aren’t in any position to make the playoffs, so they may stick with Norris for the time being.
So there are your Week 10 Bullpen Briefs, and the pitchers to keep an eye on moving forward. Be sure and check back to get the low down on the next batch of relievers to snag.
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