Welcome to the SCFE Week 19 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, the non-waiver trade deadline has passed. And there are a lot of bullpen shakeups to get to.
So as we look to the second week of August, who are some of the guys you need to be looking at? Let’s dive in!
Week 19 Bullpen Briefs
**Updated as of August 6
Justin Wilson, RP, Chicago Cubs
Justin Wilson was acquired at the trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers. Wilson’s season has been really good with the Tigers. For Detroit he had a 2.68 ERA, with 13 saves and a 55:16 K:BB ratio in 40.1 innings pitched. So far with his new club, he has not fared particularly well. Since becoming a Cub, he has a 3.00 ERA with three strikeouts and three walks. What doesn’t show on his stat line is the blown save he had on August 3.
Wilson gave up two hits after C.J. Edwards, Jr. walked the first two batters of the inning to lead to a blown save. While it has been a rocky start, Wilson will slot in as the eighth inning/high leverage pitcher. The Cubs are hoping that Wilson can help them pitch deep into the playoffs.
Addison Reed, RP, Boston Red Sox
After the trade for A.J Ramos, Addison Reed was on his way out of town. Boston added Reed to be the setup man to Craig Kimbrel. Since being added to the Red Sox pen, Reed has a 2.45 ERA, two holds, with three strikeouts and zero walks.
This doesn’t sap all of Reed’s value, but it was much higher when he was a closer. He should get a lot of hold opportunities for the Red Sox, and the occasional save chance when Kimbrel is used multiple days in a row.
Shane Greene, RP, Detroit Tigers
Since the Justin Wilson trade, Shane Greene has had three saves opportunities and converted all of them. In 3.2 innings, Greene hasn’t given up a run, struck out three batters and walked two. Greene has three years of arbitration after this year, so the Tigers will try and showcase Greene as much as possible. The Tigers could then try and move Greene during the winter meetings or even at next years deadline.
Greene has three years of arbitration after this year, so the Tigers will try and showcase Greene as much as possible. The Tigers could then try and move Greene during the winter meetings or even at next years deadline.
Sean Doolittle, RP, Washington Nationals
The Nationals solidified their bullpen, adding Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson, and Brandon Kintzler via trades. Since the trade with the Athletics, Doolittle has emerged as the go to guy in the ninth inning.
Doolittle has now converted five saves, has a 4.50 ERA, with a 7:4 K:BB ratio. It looks as though Madson will slot in as the setup man with the occasional save, with Kintzler taking the seventh inning duties.
Taylor Rogers/Matt Belisle, RP, Minnesota Twins
With Brandon Kintzler moving to the Nationals, Taylor Rogers and Matt Belisle will be battling for the Twins closer role. Since the trade, Matt Belisle is the only one to convert a save. This should be a fluid situation. Rogers has been the better option this year, so keep an eye on the Twins.
Brad Ziegler, RP, Miami Marlins
With Kyle Barraclough on the disabled list, Brad Ziegler is the closer for now in Miami. Since August 1, Ziegler has converted two saves for the fish. This is still a fluid situation when Barraclough returns. While Ziegler has been a closer before and has 87 career saves under his belt, Barraclough is the superior talent at this juncture of their careers.
So far this season, Ziegler has a 6.10 ERA, with 18 strikeouts and 13 walks in 31 innings pitched. Barraclough, on the other hand, has a 3.30 ERA, with 50 strikeouts and 31 walks in 46.1 innings pitched. Look for Barraclough to challenge for the closer role when he returns from the disabled list.
A.J. Ramos, RP, New York Mets
A.J. Ramos had a rocky outing for his first Mets appearance. He walked one, gave up two hits and allowed two earned runs. In his next appearance, he pitched an inning, giving up just a hit and recording a strikeout.
Both were non-save situations. With little options in the bullpen, Ramos will remain the closer this year and will be a setup man going into next year. Assuming that Jeurys Familia isn’t suspended or injured again.
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: 25 Holds, 3.83 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 35 K, 13 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
- Jacob Barnes, MIL: 21 Holds, 4.38 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 55 K, 20 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
- Andrew Miller, CLE: 21 Holds, 1.76 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, 78 K, 15 BB, 2 SV, 4 W – 10-day disabled list (Knee)
- David Phelps, SEA: 21 Holds, 3.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 62 K, 22 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Adam Ottavino, COL: 20 Holds, 5.17 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 44 K, 27 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
- Nick Vincent, SEA: 20 Holds, 2.08 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 37 K, 9 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Matt Bowman, STL: 19 Holds, 3.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 35 K, 12 BB, 1 SV, 2 W
- Jose Ramirez, ATL: 19 Holds, 2.36 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 42 K, 20 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Matt Barnes, BOS: 18 Holds, 3.33 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 63 K, 23 BB, 0 SV, 6 W
- Mychal Givens, BAL: 18 Holds, 2.48 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 58 K, 14 BB, 0 SV, 7 W
- Ryan Madson, WAS: 18 Holds, 1.75 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 50 K, 7 BB, 1 SV, 3 W
- Matt Belisle, MIN: 17 Holds, 4.53 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 36 K, 19 BB, 1 SV
- Pedro Baez, LAD: 17 Holds, 1.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 43 K, 18 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Will Harris, HOU: 17 Holds, 2.86 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 39 K, 5 BB, 2 SV, 2 W – 10-day disabled list (Shoulder)
- Juan Nicasio, PIT: 17 Holds, 2.29 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 53 K, 18 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
- Arodys Vizcaino, ATL: 17 Holds, 2.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 42 K, 13 BB, 5 SV, 3 W
- Ryan Buchter, KC: 16 Holds, 3.02 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 50 K, 20 BB, 1 SV, 4 W
- Chris Devenski, HOU: 16 Holds, 2.79 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 80 K, 17 BB, 3 SV, 6 W
- Brad Hand, SD: 16 Holds, 1.87 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 74 K, 14 BB, 8 SV, 2 W
- Daniel Hudson, PIT: 16 Holds, 4.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 41 K, 20 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
Keep an eye on…
Kyle Barraclough, RP, Miami Marlins
As mentioned above, Kyle Barraclough will be returning from his shoulder impingement soon. Look for him to challenge Brad Ziegler for the closer role upon arrival.
So there are your Week 19 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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