Welcome to the SCFE Week 18 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, heading into the trade deadline, a possible closer change by the bay. A trade in South Beach shakes up a bullpen. And a closer that could be traded out of Detroit.
If you want to see which hitters you should start, check out the Week 17 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 first week of August, who are some of the guys you need to be looking at? Let’s dive in!
Week 18 Bullpen Briefs
**Updated as of July 28
Santiago Casilla, RP, Oakland Athletics
The month of July has not been kind to Santiago Casilla. In 10 appearances, Casilla has only converted two saves. He owns a 6.48 ERA in those outings, with a 8:2 strikeout ratio. His last blow up has prompted Bob Melvin to consider making a change at the position. Look for Blake Treinen and Ryan Dull to vie for the closer position, with Treinen having the inside track with Dull coming off the disabled list.
A.J. Ramos, RP, New York Mets
A.J. Ramos was traded to the New York Mets on July 28. It’s a curious move to be sure since the Mets are out of it. Ramos is under control after this year, and the Mets could still find a trade partner for Addison Reed. As of now, Ramos should slot into the Mets ninth inning role. The move definitely signifies that the Mets are intent on contending in 2018, especially if the get Jeurys Familia back to his old self.
Once next season starts, Ramos’ value would take a hit with Familia likely taking over the ninth, barring any more issues with him. As for this year, Ramos holds a 3.63 ERA, 20 saves in 22 chances and a 47:22 strikeouts to walk ratio in 40 appearances.
Junichi Tazawa/Brad Ziegler, RP, Miami Marlins
Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler will look to form a closer committee with Kyle Barraclough on the disabled list and A.J. Ramos being traded. Barraclough has no certain timetable for his return. In his last three outings, Tazawa has given up three earned runs and has not recorded a save to this point in the season. He owns an unimpressive 5.28 ERA, with 22 strikeouts and 13 walks in 31 appearances.
Brad Ziegler is coming back from a rehab assignment with High-A Jupiter. Even when he does return, he is also having a rough year. He has a disappointing 6.52 ERA, with 17 strikeouts and 13 walks in 34 appearances. Neither looks to be a stable option, but there are only 30 closers. So if you’re chasing saves, pick one up at your own risk.
Blake Treinen, RP, Oakland Athletics
With Santiago Casilla melting down in his latest start, Bake Treinen looks to be the pitcher that could take over the ninth inning. Recently acquired in a trade with the Nationals, Treinen has recorded four holds but also has two blown saves in that span. While he’s not a lockdown option, he could be a better one than Casilla or Ryan Dull.
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: 23 Holds, 2.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 31 K, 11 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
- Andrew Miller, CLE: 21 Holds, 1.57 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, 74 K, 13 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
- Adam Ottavino, COL: 20 Holds, 550 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 42 K, 26 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
- David Phelps, SEA: 19 Holds, 3.53 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 56 K, 21 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Jacob Barnes, MIL: 18 Holds, 4.30 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 49 K, 19 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
- Matt Bowman, STL: 18 Holds, 3.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 34 K, 10 BB, 1 SV, 2 W
- Mychal Givens, BAL: 17 Holds, 1.94 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 54 K, 13 BB, 0 SV, 7 W
- Will Harris, HOU: 17 Holds, 2.86 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 39 K, 5 BB, 2 SV, 2 W
- Jose Ramirez, ATL: 17 Holds, 2.66 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 36 K, 19 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Matt Barnes, BOS: 16 Holds, 3.12 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 57 K, 22 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
- Matt Belisle, MIN: 16 Holds, 4.71 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 34 K, 19 BB, 0 SV
- Brad Hand, SD: 16 Holds, 2.00 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 70 K, 14 BB, 6 SV, 2 W
- Daniel Hudson, PIT: 16 Holds, 4.24 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 39 K, 18 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Ryan Madson, WAS: 16 Holds, 1.87 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 44 K, 7 BB, 1 SV, 3 W
- Juan Nicasio, PIT: 16 Holds, 2.53 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 47 K, 15 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
- Nick Vincent, SEA: 16 Holds, 1.87 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 35 K, 8 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Arodys Vizcaino, ATL: 16 Holds, 2.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 40 K, 12 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
- Kyle Barraclough, MIA: 15 Holds, 3.30 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 50 K, 31 BB, 0 SV, 4 W – 10-day disavled list (Shoulder)
- Ryan Buchter, KC: 15 Holds, 2.97 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 47 K, 18 BB, 1 SV, 3 W
- Pedro Baez, LAD: 15 Holds, 1.48 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 40 K, 16 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
Keep an eye on…
Justin Wilson, RP, Detroit Tigers
In his last 10 appearances, he has a 2.70 ERA and recorded five saves with 12 strikeouts and four walks. Either way, wherever Wilson ends up he will slot in as a seventh or eighth guy. His value remains higher if he sticks with the Tigers.
So there are your Week 18 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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