Welcome to the SCFE Week 24 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 committee approach in Kansas City. Another closer in St. Louis. And a pitcher to keep an eye on in Minnesota.
So as we look to the second week of September, who are some of the guys you need to be looking at? Let’s dive in!
Week 24 Bullpen Briefs
**Updated as of September 8
Kelvin Herrera, RP, Kansas City Royals
Kelvin Herrera has been officially removed from the closer role. His last save came on August 16. Since that time, he has recorded two holds and a blown save. He just hasn’t been effective enough. Dealing with a forearm strain, he looks to slot in as the Royals setup man when healthy.
Brandon Maurer/Scott Alexander/Mike Minor, RP, Kansas City Royals
Manager Ned Yost has said his ninth inning will be a committee approach. Brandon Maurer, Scott Alexander, and Mike Minor all look to get a shot at saves. Brandon Maurer converted a save on September 3, making it his 21st save of the year. With Yost coming out and saying he will go with a committee, Maurer should have the upper hand in sticking in the ninth inning role.
Scott Alexander has converted two saves in his last 10 appearances. In both of those games, he only pitched a third of an inning, giving up no hits to seal the game. While he may get the occasional opportunity, look for Maurer to get the lion’s share of save chances.
Mike Minor hasn’t had any opportunities in the ninth inning so far. While he does have three blown saves on the year, he has 15 holds on the season. Minor has a 2.82 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, 76 strikeouts, and 18 walks this year. just like Alexander, he may get the occasional chance, but shouldn’t be counted on for saves.
Tyler Lyons, RP, St. Louis Cardinals
With Seung Hwan Oh Blowing a save on September 2, it was Tyler Lyons getting the save on September 6. In an inning pitched on September 7, Oh gave up a solo home run. Lyons save came in a long relief situation. It was a three inning save for the 29-year-old, and his second on the season.
While Mike Matheny has not named a closer, Lyons has been really good in the second half. In 20.1 innings after the break, Lyons has a 0.44 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and a 26/6 K/BB ratio. Keep watching this situation as the Cardinals find themselves in the mix for the division, just 4 games back of the Cubs.
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: 28 Holds, 3.31 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 44 K, 18 BB, 0 SV, 6 W
- Nick Vincent, SEA: 27 Holds, 2.10 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 48 K, 12 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Jose Ramirez, ATL: 25 Holds, 2.20 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 52 K, 26 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Jacob Barnes, MIL: 24 Holds, 4.40 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 72 K, 29 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
- Matt Bowman, STL: 23 Holds, 4.08 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 41 K, 16 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
- Kyle Barraclough, MIA: 22 Holds, 2.88 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 70 K, 32 BB, 0 SV 5 W
- Pedro Baez, LAD: 22 Holds, 2.53 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 55 K, 25 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Tommy Hunter, TB: 22 Holds, 2.47 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 55 K, 12 BB, 1 SV, 2 W
- Matt Barnes, BOS: 21 Holds, 3.92 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 70 K, 28 BB, 0 SV, 6 W
- Archie Bradley, ARI: 21 Holds, 1.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 71 K, 18 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Chris Devenski, HOU: 21 Holds, 2.45 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 91 K, 24 BB, 4 SV, 8 W
- Carl Edwards, Jr., CHC: 21 Holds, 3.49 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 81 K, 35 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Mychal Givens, BAL: 21 Holds, 2.60 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 78 K, 22 BB, 0 SV, 7 W
- Andrew Miller, CLE: 21 Holds, 1.65 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 79 K, 17 BB, 2 SV, 4 W – 10-day disabled list (Knee)
- Juan Nicasio, PHI: 21 Holds, 2.73 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 61 K, 18 BB, 3 SV, 3 W
- Adam Ottavino, COL: 21 Holds, 5.25 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 55 K, 34 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- David Phelps, SEA: 21 Holds, 3.40 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 62 K, 26 BB, 0 SV, 4 W – 10-day disabled list (Elbow)
- Ryan Madson, WSH: 20 Holds, 1.58 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 56 K, 7 BB, 1 SV, 5 W
- Peter Moylan, KC: 20 Holds, 3.83 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 39 K, 23 BB, 0 SV
- Marc Rzepczynski, SEA: 20 Holds, 3.99 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 24 K, 19 BB, 1 SV, 2 W
Keep an eye on…
Trevor Hildenberger, RP, Minnesota Twins
Matt Belisle has been getting the majority of save chances and recorded five saves in his last 10 appearances. The Twins are clinging to a two game lead over the Angels for the second Wild Card spot.
Look for the Twins to keep Belisle fresh for the stretch run. That would mean Trevor Hildenberger, and possibly Taylor Rogers, will get some save opportunities.
So there are your Week 24 Bullpen Briefs, and the pitchers to keep an eye on moving forward. Be sure and check back to get the lowdown on the next batch of relievers to snag.
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