Welcome to the SCFE Week 15/16 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.
This week, a familiar face returns to the Orioles pen. And a couple of guys to eye in the coming weeks leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline.
If you want to see which hitters you should start, check out the Week 15/16 Hitting Planner by Aaron Hinckley. Also, be sure to check out the Closer Depth Chart for a complete breakdown of the bullpen situations.
So as we look to the third week of July, who are some of the guys you need to be looking at? Let’s dive in!
Week 15/16 Bullpen Briefs
**Updated as of July 10
Zach Britton, RP, Baltimore Orioles
Since being activated, Zach Britton has appeared in three games. One as a setup man to Brad Brach, and two working the eighth and ninth inning respectively. In those three games, Britton has a 6.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, one strikeout and one walk. In the end, Britton will reclaim his closer role.
But what could change things for the Orioles, is if they fall further out of the Wild Card race. They are currently four games out, and if they come out of the break flat, they could look to sell.
Brad Brach, RP, Baltimore Orioles
Brad Brach will be relegated to his setup role once Britton returns to form. In Britton’s absence, Brach did very well. He had a 3.54 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched, 10 saves, 20 strikeouts, and five walks from May 5 through June 30.
Brach now has a 2.58 ERA and 15 saves on the year. He is still a good option moving forward until Britton is put back into the closer role.
These guys will be getting Holds and the occasional save opportunity for your team. Some will even luck into a few Wins.
- Taylor Rogers, MIN: 21 Holds, 2.14 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 25 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 4 W
- Adam Ottavino, COL: 19 Holds, 5.74 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 39 K, 23 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
- Andrew Miller, CLE: 18 Holds, 1.42 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 67 K, 10 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
- Will Harris, HOU: 17 Holds, 2.86 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 39 K, 5 BB, 2 SV, 2 W
- David Phelps, MIA: 17 Holds, 3.68 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 48 K, 16 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Jacob Barnes, MIL: 16 Holds, 3.63 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 46 K, 17 BB, 2 SV, 1 W
- Matt Barnes, BOS: 16 Holds, 3.57 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 49 K, 21 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
- Matt Bowman, STL: 16 Holds, 3.86 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 31 K, 9 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
- Jose Ramirez, ATL: 16 Holds, 2.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 31 K, 17 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Mychal Givens, BAL: 15 Holds, 2.25 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 44 K, 12 BB, 0 SV, 6 W
- Arodys Vizcaino, ATL: 15 Holds, 2.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 39 K, 12 BB, 2 SV, 3 W – 10-day DL; Eligible to return July 15
- Matt Belisle, MIN: 14 Holds, 5.82 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 26 K, 18 BB, 0 SV
- Ryan Buchter, SD: 14 Holds, 2.94 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 42 K, 16 BB, 1 SV, 3 W
- Brad Hand, SD: 14 Holds, 2.30 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 60 K, 13 BB, 2 SV, 2 W
- Daniel Hudson, PIT: 14 Holds, 4.42 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 35 K, 16 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
- Ryan Madson, OAK: 14 Holds, 2.17 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 35 K, 6 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
- Juan Nicasio, PIT: 14 Holds, 2.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 41 K, 14 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
- Filipe Rivero, PIT: 14 Holds, 0.76 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, 55 K, 12 BB, 6 SV, 3 W
- Luke Gregerson, HOU: 13 Holds, 3.97 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 41 K, 12 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Heath Hembree, BOS: 13 Holds, 3.57 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 44 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
Keep an eye on…
Raisel Iglesias, RP, Cincinnati Reds
The asking price for Raisel Iglesias is said to be ‘astronomical’ by the Reds. And for very good reason. The 27-year-old would be controllable through 2021 should a team pony up the prospects to retain his services. Recently, Iglesias has been linked to the Nationals (what closer hasn’t been?).
But would they be willing to part with the necessary package to get Iglesias? By all accounts, the Nationals are a pretty complete team outside of the bullpen situation. If they can bring in someone to solidify the role, they could have what it takes to finally get to the World Series, and possibly win it.
Justin Wilson, RP, Detroit Tigers
In his last 10 games, Justin Wilson has five saves, a 1.93 ERA, 12 strikeouts, and three walks. The Tigers are assumed to be selling at the deadline. If that were to come to fruition, Wilson would more than likely wind up in a setup role.
Brad Hand, RP, San Diego Padres
Much like Justin Wilson, Brad Hand is going to be a highly sought-after bullpen piece. And like Wilson, Hand would also slot in as a setup man. Word has been that the Yankees are looking for someone to help get the ball to elite closer Aroldis Chapman.
Dellin Betances has had his control issues (26 walks in 28.1 innings), and Tyler Clippard hasn’t looked like himself, giving up runs in bunches. He would help a team that is in the Wild Card spot and 3.5 games behind the Red Sox for the division lead.
So there are your Week 15/16 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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