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Arodys Vizcaino looks like he pitched his way out of the 9th inning over his last four games (four runs and 12 baserunners over 3.1 innings with two Ks). Arodys has converted 10 of his 13 save chances while inviting failure risk due to his high WHIP (1.44). Jim Johnson earned a save on July 10th putting his name in the ring for saves going forward. Over his last 13 games, Jim has a 0.63 ERA with nine Ks in 14.1 innings. Maurice Cabrera comes packed with an elite fastball (100.5), but he pitched poorly in two of his last three games (two runs and six baserunners in three innings). In his other game, Maurice earned his second major league save. Dario Alvarez has been electric as well since being called up to the majors (0.93 ERA with 22 Ks in 9.2 innings). The Braves moved to 20th in bullpen ERA (4.19) after 88 games with 13 wins, 20 losses, and 17 saves. This bullpen should be better over the second half of the year.
The Marlins sits 12th in bullpen ERA (3.74) after 88 games with 16 wins, 16 losses, and 33 saves. A.J. Ramos bounced back with three shutout innings over the last week with four Ks and three saves after struggling in his first two appearances in July (three runs and four baserunners in two innings). Ramos is 27-for-28 in save conversions with 45 Ks in 36 innings. Fernando Rodney gave up three runs and six baserunners over four innings since arriving in Miami. Rodney was successful in all 17 save tries with the Padres with an edge in ERA (1.04) and WHIP (0.92). David Phelps only pitched one inning over the last week (no runs and three baserunners). Over his last 12 games, Phelps has a 3.00 ERA with 16 Ks in 12 innings.
New York Mets
Jeurys Familia has a save in each of his last nine games. He extended his shutout streak to 18 innings with 20 Ks lowering his ERA to 2.55. Familia has been perfect in his 31 save opportunities. Addison Reed hasn’t allowed a run in his last 8.1 innings with three hits and 14 Ks. Reed continues to give the Mets two closer type arm pitching late in games. Over his last ten games, Hansel Robles has a 2.04 ERA with 23 Ks and three wins in 17.2 innings. New York has the 6th lowest bullpen ERA (3.24) after 88 games with 14 wins, ten losses, and 32 saves.
The Phillies are 22nd in bullpen ERA (4.39) after 88 games with 13 wins, 12 losses, and 27 saves. Jeanmar Gomez hasn’t allowed a run in his last 7.2 innings with only two strikeouts while picking up a win and four saves. Gomes has been successful in 24 of his 26 save opportunities. Hector Neris has taken on some water over his last five appearances (three runs and eight baserunners in 4.2 innings). David Hernandez tosses 2.1 shutout innings over the last week with two Ks after pitching like a pig in his previous 12 games (13 runs and 25 baserunners over 13 innings).
Jonathan Papelbon has looked sharp over his last four games (no runs and one hit in four innings with eight Ks and three saves). Papelbon is 19-for-21 in save conversions with an improving ERA (2.83). Shawn Kelly pitched well in his last four outings (no runs and three hits in 2.2 innings with four strikeouts). Blake Treinen has a 1.52 ERA over his last 23.2 innings with 21 Ks. The Nationals ranks 3rd in bullpen ERA (3.11) after 89 games with 12 wins, 12 losses, and 25 saves.
The Cubs bullpen ERA (3.94 – 15th) has been bleeding backwards over the last few weeks. After 85 games, they have 11 wins, 11 losses, and 15 saves. Hector Rondon allowed two runs and five baserunners over his last 5.2 innings with eight strikeouts. Rondon has blown four of his 18 save tries with excellent command (four walks in 31.1 innings) and 42 Ks. Pedro Strop pitched below his 2016 success over his last 23 games (3.92 ERA with 26 Ks in 20.2 innings). Carl Edwards has been a nice addition to the Cubs bullpen since being called up late in June (1.69 ERA and 12 Ks in 10.2 innings). His average fastball has been 95.1.
The Reds continue to have the worst bullpen ERA (5.73) in the majors after 88 games. They have 14 wins, 21 losses, and 14 saves. Tony Cingrani has only allowed one run over his last 13.2 innings while converting all five save tries. His ERA (3.20) and WHIP (1.25) are at his lowest point since April 11th. Tony is now 10-for-15 in save chances. Raisel Iglesias issued five walks in his last 9.1 innings, but he didn’t allow a run with 12 Ks. His arm continues to look closer-worthy. Michael Lorenzen has a 3.38 ERA with 12 Ks in 10.2 innings since returning from the DL. The key to his upside is controlling his walks. Lorenzen has closing experience in college.
Jeremy Jeffress improved his scoreless streak to 6.2 innings with four Ks, a win, and four saves. Jeffress has been successful in 23 of his 24 save opportunities with only 28 Ks in 38.1 innings. Tyler Thornburg hasn’t allowed a run in his last 5.2 innings with six strikeouts. Over his last 25 games, Tyler has a 1.13 ERA with 31 Ks. If the Brewers move Jeremy at the deadline, Thornburg has pitched well enough to pitch in the 9th inning. Will Smith remains a viable closing option as well. Over 17 innings since returning from the DL, Smith has a 2.12 ERA with 15 strikeouts. The Brewers are just below league average in bullpen ERA (4.09) after 87 games with 12 wins, 12 losses, and 28 saves.
The Pirates bullpen ERA (3.70) climbed to 11th in baseball after 88 games with 13 wins, 12 losses, and 31 losses. Mark Melancon extended his shutout streak to 21.2 innings with 20 strikeouts. His last run allowed came on May 15th. Melancon is 27-for-28 in save conversions with an elite ERA (1.23) and WHIP (0.98). Tony Watson saw his 14 inning scoreless streak end in his last outing when he allowed a run and two baserunners in one inning of work. Neftali Feliz has thrown the ball well over his last seven games (1.42 ERA with eight Ks in 6.1 innings). His average fastball is up to 95.7.
With Brad Ziegler shipped to the Red Sox, Tyler Clippard should get the first chance at saves for the Diamondbacks. He’s pitched his best all of the season over his last 11 games (one run and eight baserunners in 9.2 innings with 14 strikeouts). In 2015, Tyler converted 19 of his 25 save tries with the A’s. Jake Barrett has pitched his way out of contention for saves over his last 13 games (5.19 ERA and 1.85 WHIP). Silvino Bracho has closing experience in the minors, but he struggled in three of his last five games (four runs and five baserunners in 4.2 innings with five Ks). At AAA in 2016, Bracho had a 3.12 ERA with 35 Ks and 14 saves in 26 innings. If you picked up Clippard to close for Arizona, I would keep a close eye on Silvino. The Diamondbacks fell to 24th in bullpen ERA (4.48) after 89 games with ten wins, 14 losses, and 21 saves.
The Rockies have the third worst ERA (5.09) in the majors after 88 games with 11 wins, 13 losses, and 22 saves. Carlos Estevez hasn’t had a save since June 20th. Over his last seven games, Carlos allowed five runs and 11 baserunners in seven innings with 11 Ks. He still looks like the favorite for saves. Jake McGee has been brutal since returning from the DL (nine runs and ten baserunners in five innings with five Ks). Adam Ottavino has been sharp in his two innings of work (no runs and two Ks) since returning from the DL. He may have the best arm for saves going forward for the Rockies. Jordan Lyles has pitched out of the bullpen since returning to the majors on June 22nd. Over his last seven innings, Jordan allowed two runs and ten baserunners with four Ks.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Kenley Jansen extended his shutout streak to 14.1 innings with only three hits allowed and 26 strikeouts. Jansen has been successful in 27 of his 30 save chances with an edge in ERA (1.16) and WHIP (0.65). Joe Blanton hasn’t allowed a run in his last 8.2 innings to lower his ERA to 2.09. Joe has four wins and 14 holds with 48 Ks in 47.1 innings. Blanton is the arm that stabilized the Dodgers bullpen. Pedro Baez is back on the uptick over his last 6.2 innings (no runs, one hit, and eight Ks). Baez has 50 Ks in 42.1 innings. LA now has the best bullpen ERA (2.83) in the majors after 88 games with 18 wins, 13 losses, and 27 saves.
San Diego Padres
The Padres are 23rd in bullpen ERA (4.45) after 89 games with 14 wins, nine losses, and 29 saves. Brandon Maurer threw two perfect innings with three strikeouts in his last two games. He’s allowed one run in his last 9.2 innings with no walks and 12 Ks. Brandon still has a bad ERA (5.53) and WHIP (1.38) on the year while owning a plus fastball (95.4). Ryan Buchter could be traded by the end of the month. Over his last 13 games, Ryan allowed five runs and 19 baserunners in 12 innings with all of the damage coming in one bad outing (five runs and six baserunners in one-third of an inning). Kevin Quackenbush tossed four shutout innings over the last week with four Ks.
San Francisco Giants
Santiago Casilla has been successful in 21 of his 25 save opportunities while converting his last nine chances. Casilla improved his scoreless streak to four innings with four Ks. Sergio Romo threw 2.1 shutout innings with no walks and three Ks since returning from the DL. Hunter Strickland struggled with his command (four walks) over his last five innings leading to two runs and nine baserunners. The Giants are 16th in bullpen ERA (3.94) after 82 games with 18 wins, 11 losses, and 26 saves.