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After 5+ weeks of the season, Atlanta only seven wins. They’ve lost five straight games leading to no save chances. The Braves rank 26th in bullpen ERA (4.68) with four wins, nine losses, and six saves. Arodys Vizcaino hasn’t looked sharp in his last five games (two runs and nine baserunners in 5.1 innings with eight Ks). He’s converted three of his four save chances while also picking up a win. His ERA (1.46) doesn’t match the success of his WHIP (1.46). Jason Grilli hasn’t allowed a run in his last three innings with five Ks. His downside risk in 2016 is tied to nine walks in 11 innings. Jim Johnson was placed on the DL with a groin issue. Batters pretty much lit him up like a Christmas tree over his last four games (eight runs and eight baserunners in three innings). Jim has four losses already this year with five holds. Lefty Hunter Cervenka hasn’t allowed a run in 9.1 innings with 12 Ks and only one hit allowed.
A.J. Ramos is 9-for-12 in saves conversions with 20 Ks in 13 innings leading to a 1.38 ERA. He struggled in his last game (one run in two-thirds of an inning) due to three walks. On the year, A.J. allowed 11 walks. David Phelps struggled on May 8th when he allowed two runs and three baserunners in one inning leading to his second loss of the year. Phelps has a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings with 23 Ks, two wins, and two saves. Kyle Barraclough saw his 11.2-inning scoreless streak end on May 7th (two runs and two baserunners in one-third of an inning). Barraclough has 17 Ks in 11 innings in 2016 with a 1.64 ERA. Miami sits 13th in baseball in bullpen ERA (3.72) after 32 games with five wins, six losses, and 13 saves.
New York Mets
New York has the 3rd best bullpen ERA (2.59) in the majors after 32 games with three wins, three losses, and 12 saves. Jeurys Familia has been successful in all 11 of his save chances. Over the last week, Jeurys threw three perfect innings with three Ks and three saves. Addison Reed allowed two runs and ten baserunners in his last three innings with six Ks. Hansel Robles allowed a game-losing HR in his last game, which ended his six-inning shutout streak. Lefty Antonio Bastardo has a walk or more in six of his last seven games with one run allowed in 6.1 innings.
Jeanmar Gomez converted his last three save chances after blowing his first save in 13 chances on May 4th. His arm may be starting to fade after allowing three runs and nine baserunners in his last 3.2 innings. Hector Neris had his worst outing of the season on May 6th when he allowed two runs and four baserunners in one inning. He’s only allowed ten hits in 21 innings with 28 Ks. David Hernandez looks closer worthy over his last six games (no runs in nine innings with 12 Ks and one walk). Andrew Bailey allowed two runs and three hits in one-third of an inning in his last outing. Philadelphia improved to 23rd in bullpen ERA (4.31) after 32 games with eight wins, four losses, and 13 saves.
The Nationals have the 7th best bullpen ERA (3.13) in baseball after 33 games with five wins, six losses, and ten saves. Jonathan Papelbon only made one appearance over the last week (no runs in two innings). Papelbon is 9-for-11 in save tries with 20 baserunners allowed in 14 innings leading to a poor ERA (3.86) and WHIP (1.43). Shawn Kelley still hasn’t allowed a run in 16 appearances over 11.2 innings with 16 Ks and only two walks. Felipe Rivero faded in two of his last three games (four runs and five baserunners in 2.2 innings) leading to fading ERA (4.76) with 21 Ks in 17 innings.
Hector Rondon has been perfect over his last 4.1 innings with six Ks while picking up three saves. Rondon is 7-for-7 in save conversions with one run allowed in 12.1 innings and 20 Ks and no walks on the year. Pedro Strop extended his scoreless streak to 5.2 innings with two hits and one walk allowed while recording nine Ks. On the year, Pedro has a win and eight holds with 19 Ks and 1.98 ERA over 13.2 innings. Adam Warren allowed three runs and eight baserunners in his last five innings including a pair of HRs. Justin Grimm pitched poorly in two of his last three games (five runs and eight baserunners in 2.2 innings). The Cubs rank 8th in the majors in bullpen ERA (3.31) with five wins, two losses, and seven saves.
The worst bullpen in baseball by a wide margin remains the Reds. After 33 games, they have a 6.43 ERA with seven wins, ten losses, and three saves while walking 64 batters over 119 innings. On the positive side, Tony Cingrani did make a step forward in the 9th. He has a save in his last two games with no runs allowed in his last 5.1 innings with one strikeout and more importantly, one walk allowed. Tony has a 2.93 ERA over 15.1innings with ten issued free passes. Ross Ohlendorf allowed a run in three of his last four games (three runs and six baserunners in 5.2 innings with nine Ks). His WHIP (0.94) points to upside while his ERA (5.63) and HRs allowed (three in 16 innings) invites risk. The next victim added to the bullpen is Layne Somsen. He threw the ball well in his eight games at AAA in 2016 (1.29 ERA with 15 Ks in 14 innings). Over four seasons in the minors, Layne went 9-5 with a 2.47 ERA and 179 Ks in 178.2 innings.
Jeremy Jeffress picked up a win and a save over the last week while pitching two shutout innings. He’s been successful in all eight of his save chances with a 2.63 ERA and only eight Ks in 13.2 innings. Tyler Thornburg was drilled for four runs and four baserunners over two-thirds of an inning on May 4th. He bounced back to throw two perfect innings with four Ks in his last two outings. On the year, Tyler has two disaster games (seven combined runs allowed) while allowing no runs in his last other 11 games. Blaine Boyer hasn’t allowed a run in his last 5.2 innings with no walks and three Ks. Milwaukee ranks 25th in bullpen ERA after 33 games with five wins, one loss, and eight saves.
The Pirates also have a poor bullpen ERA (4.33 – 24th) after 32 games with four wins, four losses, and 11 saves. Mark Melancon converted nine of his 10 save tries in 2016 with a 2.77 ERA and 11 Ks in 13 innings. Over his last five games, he’s allowed one run in 3.1 innings with two Ks. Tony Watson extended his shutout streak to five innings with five Ks. He has eight holds on the season with his ERA (2.87) moving back in a productive area. After struggling late in April (four runs and nine baserunners over 2.1 innings over a three-game stretch), Neftali Feliz has pitched minimal innings in May (1.1 shutout innings with two Ks).
St. Louis Cardinals
Trevor Rosenthal blew his only save chance since April 24th on May 7th when he allowed an unearned run, but he did pick up the win. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last six innings with nine Ks. Overall, Trevor is 5-for-6 in save conversions with 18 Ks in 10 innings. Seung-Hwan Oh also blew the lead in his last game against the Pirates when he allowed two baserunners in two-thirds of an inning. Oh pitched 1.2 shutout innings with no Ks over the last week. On the season, he has 20 Ks in 16.1 innings with 1.65 ERA. Kevin Siegrist allowed a run and four baserunners in his last three innings with six strikeouts and a win. His arm looks closer worth so far in 2016 (2.77 ERA and 20 Ks in 13 innings), but he remains buried behind Seung-Hwan. St. Louis has the 9th best bullpen ERA (3.35) in the majors after 32 games with six wins, three losses, and five saves.
The Diamondbacks bullpen has pitched the most innings (131) in baseball after 35 games. They rank 19th in bullpen ERA (3.98) with seven wins, five losses, and eight saves. Brad Ziegler hasn’t allowed a run or hit in May over four innings with one K leading to a pair of saves. Brad still hasn’t blown a save chance in seven tries, so his job isn’t at risk as of yet. Ziegler is still battling his command (seven walks in 15.1 innings – three in his last 5.1 innings). Daniel Hudson extended his shutout streak to 8.2 innings with only three hits allowed and four Ks. Hudson allowed only five hits in 15.1 innings in 2016. After struggling over a four-game stretch (four runs and seven baserunners in four innings), Tyler Clippard tossed three shutout innings over the last week with four Ks.
Jake McGee blew his second save of the season on May 7th when he allowed a run and two hits in one inning against the Giants. Over his last 6.2 innings, Jake allowed six runs and 15 baserunners with only two Ks. McGee is 8-for-10 in save conversions with a poor ERA (5.40) and WHIP (1.63). His arm looks to be at risk due to him having no secondary pitches of value. Jason Motte threw a bullpen session on May 1st, but he still hasn’t been upgraded to begin a rehab assignment. Chad Qualls improved his shutout streak to 6.1 innings with one hit allowed and two Ks. His arm lacks upside, but he has closing experience. Miguel Castro threw the ball well early in the season (two runs allowed in six innings with eight Ks) before landing on the DL with a bum right shoulder. He threw a bullpen session on May 6th which gives him a chance to be back in the majors in a week to 10 days. If you own McGee, I will keep a close eye on Castro as his arm has the most upside and he’ll probably offer more upside in the 9th inning for the Rockies. His price point is free at this point of the season. Colorado move to 27th in bullpen ERA (4.69) after 33 games with five wins, five losses, and eight saves.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are about league average in bullpen ERA (3.76) after 32 games with seven wins, six losses, and 11 saves. Kenley Jansen has yet to blow a save in his 11 chances. He picked up a vulture win in his last game after pitching a shutout inning in the 9th against the Mets. On the year, Kenley has a 0.63 ERA and 0.56 WHIP with 15 Ks in 14.1 innings. Pedro Baez blew up on May 4th when he allowed three runs and three baserunners in two-thirds of an innings. He’s pitched much better in his last three games (no runs allowed in 2.2 innings with four Ks). Joe Blanton showed his true colors on May 6th when he allowed three runs and three baserunner sin 1.1 innings. The up and down success of Chris Hatcher is back on the uptick in May (no runs in 2.1 innings with no Ks and a win).
San Diego Padres
Fernando Rodney hasn’t allowed a hit in 3.2 innings of work in May leading to four saves. For that matter, Rodney still hasn’t allowed a run in 2016 (12 shutout innings with 13 Ks and eight saves). Kevin Quackenbush has looked much better in his last eight games (no runs and one hit allowed in 6.1 innings with no walks and three Ks). Ryan Buchter extended his scoreless streak to 12 innings with two shutout innings of work over the last week. Ryan has 21 Ks in 14.2 innings with a 0.61 ERA in 2016. The Padres have the third-worst bullpen ERA (4.86) in the majors after 33 games with four wins, three losses, and eight saves.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants rank 20th in bullpen ERA (4.14) after 34 games with four wins, four losses, and seven saves. Santiago Casilla hasn’t allowed a hit in his last 4.2 innings while improving his shutout streak to seven innings with 10 Ks and four saves. Casilla is 7-for-9 in save conversions with 14 Ks in 12.1 innings and a 1.46 ERA. Hunter Strickland extended his scoreless streak to 5.2 innings with two Ks. His ERA (3.21) and WHIP (1.21) are moving into a much more respectable area. Derek Law has faded in the month of May (three runs and nine baserunners in five innings with five Ks) putting his opportunity in the majors at risk. Sergio Romo was expected to throw a bullpen session earlier in the week, but there hasn’t been an update on his progress. He looks to be three of four weeks away from returning.