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Fantasy Baseball: Week 4 National League Closer Report

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NL East

Atlanta Braves

Jim Johnson blew his second save chances in five chances on April 22nd when he allowed two runs and four baserunners over two-thirds of an inning. On the year, his stats (3.52 ERA and 1.30 WHIP) are slightly behind his 2016 season (3.06 ERA and 1.19 WHIP). Arodys Vizcaino looked in position to compete for saves before struggling in two of his last four games (five runs and seven baserunners over three innings). Arodys allowed three HRs over his nine innings pitched this year. Mauricio Cabrera still hasn’t pitched in a minor-league game. Jose Ramirez improved his shutout streak to six innings with five Ks. The Braves are 24th in bullpen ERA (5.19) after 18 games with three wins, four losses, and three saves.

Miami Marlins

Miami ranks 13th in bullpen ERA (3.47) after 18 games with five wins, four losses, and three saves. A.J. Ramos issued six walks over his last seven innings leading to a couple of bad outings. Ramos hasn’t blown a save in three opportunities. Brad Ziegler improved his shutout streak to six innings with only two Ks. He’s allowed only one run over ten innings in 2017. Kyle Barraclough looks closer ready thanks to improved control, but he still issued four walks over ten innings. Kyle extended his scoreless streak to eight innings with eight Ks.

New York Mets

The Mets gave Jeurys Familia plenty of work after being activated off the suspended list. He threw 2.2 shutout innings with no save chances and six Ks while walking four batters. New York lost eight of their last nine games headed into Wednesday’s action. Over his last 7.2 innings, Addison Reed allowed four runs and seven baserunners leading to no save chances and a loss. Fernando Salas pitched his way out of pressure situations after allowing four runs, seven baserunners, and three HRs over his last 1.2 innings. New York is 16th in the majors in bullpen ERA (3.71) after 19 games with four wins, six losses, and four saves.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies rank 18th in bullpen ERA (4.52) after 18 games four wins, five losses, and four losses. Philadelphia gave Hector Neris the last two save chances, which he converted. Unfortunately, Hector struggled in his last two outings (two runs and seven baserunners over two innings) possibly putting his closing job at risk. After getting lit up for three runs and three baserunners over two-thirds of an inning, Joaquin Benoit threw three shutout innings with two Ks. Pat Neshek improved his shutout streak to seven innings with five Ks.

Washington Nationals

Over last weekend, it appeared Koda Glover put himself in position to take over the closing job for Washington when he converted two saves. The Nationals decided to pitch him in the seventh inning in Colorado where he allowed a pair of runs on two hits. Over his previous five games, Koda didn’t allow a run with five Ks. Shawn Kelley served up a ninth inning home run in a non-save situation on April 25th in Colorado. This ends his five-inning shutout streak with two wins, three saves, and six Ks. The one thing we know for sure is that Blake Treinen has left his name out of competition for saves after allowing eight runs and 22 baserunners over his last seven innings. Washington remains one of the weakest bullpens in the majors after 20 games (6.23 ERA – 28th with four wins, four losses, and eight saves.

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NL Central

Cincinnati Reds

The Reds fell to 11th in bullpen ERA (3.43) after 21 games with four wins, three losses, and five losses. Raisel Iglesias hasn’t had a save since April 11th. Over his last three games, he allowed two runs and five baserunners in 5.2 innings and eight Ks. Raisel is 3-for-3 in save conversions. Michael Lorenzen pitched his way out of high leverage situation after getting drilled in two of his last five outings (eight runs and 14 baserunners over six innings). On the reverse side, Drew Storen is on the rise after extending his scoreless streak to 6.1 innings with three hits allowed and nine Ks. Tony Cingrani landed on the DL with an oblique issue.

Chicago Cubs

Wade Davis hasn’t allowed a run over 9.1 innings with only three hits allowed and nine strikeouts. Wade has been successful in all five save opportunities. Hector Rondon issued four walks over his last five shutout innings with seven Ks. Carl Edwards has a seven-inning shutout streak with seven Ks. After struggling on April 16th (two runs and four baserunners while failing to record an out), Koji Uehara tossed three shutout innings with three Ks. Chicago is 10th in bullpen ERA (3.07) after 20 games with four wins, four losses, and five saves.

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers are 12th in bullpen ERA (3.46) after 22 games with two wins, sevens losses, and seven saves despite issuing a league-high 47 walks over 83.1 innings. Neftali Feliz blew up on April 19th against the Cubs when he allowed four runs and four baserunners in one inning of work. He threw a clean inning with a K in his next outing. Feliz is 5-for-6 in save chances. Corey Knebel pitched his way down a notch in the Brewers’ bullpen after struggling in his last two games (two runs and seven baserunners over 1.2 innings. Jacob Barnes still hasn’t allowed a run over 11.1 innings with four Ks. He is now next in line for saves for me.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Walks continue to be an issue for Tony Watson (four over his last five innings), but he’s been able to keep them from scoring. Over his last five innings, Tony allowed nine baserunners and only one run. Watson converted all six of his saves in 2017. Over his last four innings, Daniel Hudson hasn’t allowed a run with four strikeouts. This came after struggling in his three previous games (four runs and eight baserunners over 2.1 innings). There is no momentum in the game of Juan Nicasio over his last 5.1 innings (three runs and ten baserunners). Pittsburgh is 18th in bullpen ERA (4.25) after 19 games with three wins, four losses, and six saves.

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals remain at risk in the bullpen. They are 25th in bullpen ERA (5.46) after 20 games with one win, two losses, and six saves. Seung-Hwan OH threw the ball better over the last week (three shutout innings with five Ks). The velocity on his fastball looks back in line over his last seven games (93.4). Trevor Rosenthal has allowed too many hits in 2017 (seven over 5.2 innings), but his command is back (one walk) leading to a spike in Ks (11). Brett Cecil has been the best lefty arm in St. Louis over the last seven games (no runs over five innings with six Ks).

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NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Fernando Rodney is 6-for-6 in save situation while tossing four shutout innings over the last nine days. His ERA (6.48) and WHIP (1.56) still need plenty of work. J.J. Hoover extended his shutout streak to 6.2 innings with 10 Ks. Archie Bradley hadn't pitched since April 21st when he allowed a run and two baserunners over two innings. The injury to Shelby Miller may create a starting opportunity, but the Diamondbacks seems to be holding back on that move. Arizona sits 22nd in bullpen ERA (4.57) after 21 games with four wins, no losses, and six saves.

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies remain a top 10 bullpen in ERA (3.07 – 9th) after 20 games with six wins, no losses, and ten saves. Greg Holland has been successful in all nine of his chances while allowing two runs over ten innings with 11 Ks. Adam Ottavino allowed a run and six baserunners over his last three innings. On the year, he has nine holds with more risk in WHIP (1.29) than ERA (1.93). Mike Dunn saw his 7.1 innings shutout streak end on April 22nd when he allowed a run and two baserunners over one-third of an inning.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Over his last four innings, Kenley Jansen has three saves with no runs allowed and eight Ks. He’s yet to walk a batter while converting all five saves. Pedro Baez hasn’t allowed a run over seven innings with eight Ks. The Diamondbacks drilled Sergio Romo for five runs and five baserunners on April 21st over one-third of an inning. Josh Fields has been a nice surprise for the Dodgers (no runs over 5.1 innings with 11 Ks and one walk. LA fell to 7th in bullpen ERA (2.97) after 21 games with a win, three losses, and five saves.

San Diego Padres

The Padres continue to be a bad bullpen in 2017. They are 26th in bullpen ERA (5.81) after 22 games with two wins, four losses, and four saves. Brandon Maurer picked up two saves over the last week to improve to 3-for-3 in save conversions. Over his last 4.2 innings, Brandon allowed a run and four hits with six Ks. Carter Capps has 5.2 innings under his belt in the minors, but he’s struggled at AAA (four runs and seven baserunners over 3.2 innings. Brad Hand remains one of the better arms in this bullpen (one run over ten innings with 11 Ks).

San Francisco Giants

Mark Melancon is 4-for-5 in save conversions with no runs allowed over his last five innings with six strikeouts. Hunter Strickland improved his scoreless streak to eight innings with eight Ks. Cory Gearin issued six walks over 6.1 innings in 2017, but he has 6.1 shutout innings with six Ks. San Fran is league average in bullpen ERA (3.63 – 15th) after 20 games with a win, two losses, and four saves.


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