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Fantasy Baseball Week 19: National League Closer Report

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Shawn Childs takes a deep look at each National League team's bullpen in Major League Baseball!

NL West

Atlanta Braves


The Braves gave Mauricio Cabrera their last save chance on August 9th, which he converted for his 3rd save in 21 appearances since being called up from the minors. Mauricio did struggle three days earlier when he allowed two runs and three baserunners vs. the Cardinals. Cabrera has been impressive over the last two weeks (1.93 ERA with 13 Ks in 9.1 innings). Jim Johnson needed a night off after pitching the previous two games, which is the reason why Mauricio was given the save opportunity. Johnson pitched great in his last eight games (no runs and two hits allowed over eight innings with 12 Ks) leading to seven converted saves. Since taking over the closing job, Jim has been successful in nine of 11 save tries. Atlanta called up Jose Ramirez late in July. Over seven innings of work in the majors, Ramirez has yet to allow a run with eight Ks. In 41.1 innings at AAA in 2016, Jose had a 2.18 ERA with 45 Ks. The Braves sit 20th in the majors in bullpen ERA (3.95) after 112 games with 18 wins, 22 losses, and 25 saves.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins are league average in bullpen ERA (3.82 – 15th) after 113 games with 23 wins, 20 losses, and 40 saves. They lost A.J. Ramos over the last week due to a broken finger, which may have been the reason for his recent struggles (six runs and 13 baserunners over 4.1 innings). Miami hoped to have him back in two-to-three weeks. Fernando Rodney regained his form in the last three games (no runs in three innings with one K and two saves) while pitching in the 9th. His arm showed high failure risk over his previous seven games when Rodney allowed eight runs and eight baserunners in 6.1 innings. Fernando is 19-for-21 in save conversions in 2016. Kyle Barraclough saw his eight-inning shutout streak end in his last outing when he allowed a run and three baserunners over one innings with three Ks. Over his last 31 innings, Kyle has a 2.61 ERA with 47 Ks. His big strike to pitching in the 9th remains his command (34 walks in 50 innings). Brian Ellington hasn’t allowed a run in 3.1 innings with two Ks since being called back up from the minors. Just like Barraclough, Ellington struggles to throw streaks (31 walks over 46.1 innings between AAA and the majors).

New York Mets

Jeurys Familia rebounded after a tough week (five runs and 11 baserunners in 4.1 innings) to toss four shutout innings with six Ks and three saves. Familia has been successful in 39 of his 41 save chances. Addison Reed continues to have his best season in his major league career. Over his last 14.2 innings, Reed has a 0.61 ERA with 19 Ks and only one walk. Hansel Robles turned into a wood tick in two of his last three games (six runs and 11 baserunners over 3.1 innings) after tossing 11.1 scoreless innings with nine Ks. New York ranks 5th in bullpen ERA (3.25) after 111 games with 18 wins, 15 losses, and 40 saves.

Philadelphia Phillies


The Phillies slipped to 25th in bullpen ERA (4.28) after 112 games with 17 wins, 17 losses, and 32 saves. Jeanmar Gomez is 29-for-32 in save tries while allowing only one run over his last eight innings with five Ks. Hector Neris saw his 8.2 inning shutout streak on August 5th when he allowed a HR. Over his last 13.2 innings, Hector has a 1.98 ERA with 18 Ks. Edubray Ramos continues to throw the ball well (one run and 12 baserunners over his last 12.2 innings with 12 strikeouts).

Washington Nationals

Mark Melancon only has one save since July 24th. He improved his scoreless streak to seven innings with nine Ks. Mark is 31-for-34 on save opportunities with an edge in ERA (1.38). Jonathan Papelbon is running off the tracks over his last five games (eight runs and 14 baserunners in 3.1 innings). It looks like Johnny Boy needs a trip to the DL. Shawn Kelley tossed 2.2 shutout innings over his last four games, which is a move back in the right direction. Blake Treinen still walks too many batters (11 in his last 24.1 innings), but he has a 1.11 ERA over this span with 20 Ks. Washington still has the lowest bullpen ERA (3.03) in baseball after 111 games with 13 wins, 16 losses, and 29 saves.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Aroldis Chapman allowed only one run over his last 15 innings with 19 Ks, a win, and seven saves. Chapman has been successful in 23 of his 25 save tries. Hector Rondon has an issue with his triceps muscle in his pitching arm leading to no games pitched since August 2nd. He could be placed on the DL if something doesn’t break in the next day or two. Pedro Strop allowed one run over his last 10.2 innings with 11 strikeouts. Joe Smith struggled a bit in his two games in the NL (one run and four baserunners in 1.2 innings). The Cubs are 9th in bullpen ERA (3.55) after 107 games with 14 wins, 13 losses, and 22 saves.

Cincinnati Reds


After spending much of the first 18 weeks of the season last in bullpen ERA (5.15), the Reds are one good game away from passing the Diamondbacks. They have 18 wins, 25 losses, and 19 saves over the first 111 games in 2016. Tony Cingrani did a face plant in his last outing on August 8th when he allowed five runs and six baserunners over two-thirds of an inning. Tony is 13 for 18 in save conversions with eight straight successful tries. Raisel Iglesias saw his 22.2 shutout streak end on August 7th when he allowed a run and four baserunners. The struggle of Cingrani should open the door for Raisel to pitch in the 9th shortly. Michael Lorenzen also saw his 10.2 inning scoreless streak end in his last outing when he allowed a run and three baserunners in two innings with three Ks.

Milwaukee Brewers

Tyler Thornburg has been perfect over his first four innings with four Ks and a save. He has a 0.64 ERA over his last 14 innings with 19 Ks. Corey Knebel has been electric since returning from the DL (one run and five baserunners in eight innings with 11 Ks). Blaine Boyer still looks like the 3rd best arm in this bullpen (2.38 ERA over his last 11.1 innings with five Ks). Milwaukee sits 16th in bullpen ERA (3.84) after 111 games with 14 wins, 17 losses, and 33 saves.

Pittsburgh Pirates


The Pirates slipped to 10th in bullpen ERA (3.56) after 108 games with 18 wins, 13 losses, and 37 saves. Tony Watson earned three saves over his last four games, but he did blow the lead in one game that resulted in him winning a game. During this span, Watson allowed two runs and four baserunners in four innings with three Ks. Over his last 15.1 innings, Tony has a 1.76 ERA with 12 Ks. Neftali Feliz has been tough to hit this year (.195 BAA), but he’s lost his command (11 walks) over his last 25.3 innings. Over his last four games, he allowed two runs and six baserunners in four innings. Felipe Rivero improved his scoreless streak to 4.1 innings with eight Ks.

St Louis Cardinals

Seung-Hwan Oh tossed three shutout innings over the last week with three saves after getting beat up on August 2nd for three runs and four baserunners over 1.1 innings. Oh has been successful in 10 of his 11 save conversions since taking over the closing job. Kevin Siegrist struggled in two of his last four games (three runs and five baserunners in 3.2 innings with three strikeouts). Zach Duke extended his shutout streak to 9.1 innings with 1o Ks. The Cardinals are 8th in the majors in bullpen ERA (3.46) after 111 games with 17 wins, 16 losses, and 24 saves.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks


The Diamondbacks are on the doorstep of having the worst bullpen ERA (5.14 – 29th) in baseball. After 111 games, they have 13 wins, 16 losses, and 24 saves. Jake Barrett picked up a rare save on August 9th, which was his third save in three chances over the last three weeks or so. Jake has a 6.43 ERA over his last seven innings with a losing battle with his command (seven walks). Enrique Burgos extended his shutout streak to 8.1 innings with eight Ks. His success puts him next in line for saves, and that may happen in the next week or so. Steve Hathaway struggled in his major league debut on July 31st when he allowed three runs and three baserunners in one-third of an inning. Over his last four games, Steve didn’t allow a run in 5.1 innings with three Ks.

Colorado Rockies

Carlos Estevez pitched his way out of the 9th inning after getting rocked for seven runs and eight baserunners over two-thirds of an inning in his last two games. Carlos has 5.32 ERA over his last 23.2 innings with 30 Ks. He blew five of his 16 save opportunities. Adam Ottavino will get the next shot at saves after extended his shutout streak to 11.2 innings with 12 Ks since returning from the DL. Jake McGee allowed one run over his last 5.1 innings with six strikeouts. Colorado is 28th in bullpen ERA (4.91) after 113 games with 13 wins, 19 losses, and 29 saves.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers rank 3rd in bullpen ERA (3.07) after 110 games with 22 wins, 15 losses, and 34 saves. Kenley Jansen is 34-for-39 in save tries with 67 Ks in 49 innings. He has a 6.1 inning scoreless streak with 13 Ks. Joe Blanton regained his form over his last five innings (no runs and three Ks). Pedro Baez saw his 17.1 inning shutout streak end on August 8th when he allowed a run and two baserunners.

San Diego Padres


Brandon Maurer had his 12.1 innings shutout streak end on August 6th when he allowed three runs and four baserunners. His last save chance came on July 22nd. Brandon converted all four save tries since taking over the 9th in mid-July. Ryan Buchter hasn’t allowed a run in his last 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts. Jose Dominguez has a 1.08 ERA over his last 8.1 innings with three Ks. The Padres are 24th in bullpen ERA (4.27) after 112 games with 19 wins, 13 losses, and 23 saves.

San Francisco Giants

The Giants improved to 12th in bullpen ERA (3.67) after 104 games with 22 wins, 15 losses, and 31 saves. Santiago Casilla is 25-for-30 in save opportunities. His arm improved over his last five games (no runs and one baserunner in 6.2 innings with seven Ks). Hunter Strickland is starting to find his groove over his last 8.2 innings (no runs and two hits with eight Ks). Sergio Romo rebounded after a poor week to throw 3.1 shutout innings with three Ks. Derek Law extended his shutout streak to 14 innings with 11 strikeouts.

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