Jim Johnson is 5-for-7 in save conversions while repeating his 2016 success (3.75 ERA and 1.17 WHIP). He’s been just about perfect over his last 3.1 innings (one walk with five Ks). Arodys Vizcaino rebounded after a couple of poor outings over the second half of April (five runs, eight baserunners, and three HRs over four innings) to toss 3.1 shutout innings with no walks and four strikeouts. The Braves activated Mauricio Cabrera from the DL then shipped him to the minors. Over seven innings between High A and AAA, he’s allowed two runs and eight baserunners. The Braves are 25th in bullpen ERA (4.87) after 30 games with four wins, five losses, and five saves. Jose Ramirez extended his shutout streak to 10.2 innings with two hits allowed and 11 Ks.
The Marlins are 10th in bullpen ERA (3.67) after 32 games with six wins, seven losses, and three saves. A.J. Ramos hasn’t had a save chance since April 22nd. He’s been perfect in his three save chances with one run allowed over his last four innings with five Ks. Brad Ziegler took a beating on May 5th against the Mets when they scored five runs on six hits while failing to record an out. Kyle Barraclough had a tough outing in his last game (four runs and five baserunners over one-third of an inning). Kyle issued eight walks over his last seven innings.
New York Mets
Jeurys Familia has three saves and a win since returning to the 9th inning. Over his last five innings, Jeurys didn’t allow a run with one hit, no walks, and two Ks. Addison Reed improved his scoreless streak to 3.1 innings with four Ks to get his ERA (3.12) and WHIP (0.87) back in line. Hansel Robles hasn’t allowed a run over his last 13.1 innings with 15 Ks. New York is 17th in bullpen ERA (4.20) after 32 games with seven wins, six losses, and eight saves.
The Phillies moved to 14th in bullpen ERA (4.12) after 31 games with five wins, eight losses, and five saves. Hector Neris hasn’t had a save chance in May. He blew up on April 29th (four runs, four hits, and three home runs) to put his closing job at risk. Over his last four games covering five innings, Hector allowed one run and five baserunners. Joaquin Benoit saw his seven-inning shutout streak end on May 4th when he allowed a home run leading to a blown lead. Pat Neshek still hasn’t allowed a run in 12 innings or work in 2017.
The 9th inning for the Nationals is a mess with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover on the DL. Both players should be back on the roster by this weekend with Glover making the most sense to earn saves. Matt Albers picked up his first career save last week only to blow the lead in his next outing when he allowed a home run. It was his first run allowed over 12 innings with nine Ks. His resume points to disaster downside. Enny Romero earned a save as well last week, but the Orioles beat him in the 9th inning on May 9th for two runs and four baserunners in one inning. Blake Treinen doesn’t look healthy based on his poor results over his last 7.2 innings (nine runs and 19 baserunners). The Nationals are 28th in bullpen ERA (5.47) after 33 games with six wins, six losses, and ten saves.
The Reds sit 8th in bullpen ERA (3.26) after 32 games with six wins, three losses, and nine saves. Raisel Iglesias has yet to blow a save in six chances. He improved his shutout streak to seven innings with five strikeouts. Drew Storen struggled in two of his last three outings (three runs and three baserunners over three innings with two Ks). Michael Lorenzen regained his form over his last five games (no runs over 7.1 innings with five Ks) to get his ERA (3.72) and WHIP (1.09) back in a respectable area.
Batters only have one hit off Wade Davis over the last ten shutout innings with 15 Ks. He’s been perfect in all seven of his save opportunities. After starting the year with 12 shutout innings with 15 Ks, Carl Edwards allowed a home run on May 4th against the Phillies. Hector Rondon struggled in each of his last two outings (four runs and six baserunners over two innings), which may be a sign that his knee is flaring up. The Cubs are 5th in the majors in bullpen ERA (2.89) after 33 games with five wins, seven losses, and seven wins.
The Brewers continue to get solid innings from their bullpen. They’re 11th in baseball in bullpen ERA (3.85) after 33 games with five wins, ten losses, and ten saves. Neftali Feliz is 8-for-9 in save conversions, but he’s allowed seven walks and four home runs over 14.2 innings. Feliz allowed one run over his last five innings with three successful saves. Corey Knebel extended his scoreless streak to 7.1 innings with two hits allowed, one walk, and 12 Ks. If I owned Feliz, I would be very interested in owning Knebel. Jacob Barnes pitched poorly over his last five innings (six runs and 14 baserunners with five Ks).
Tony Watson blew his first save chance in eight chances on May 9th against the Dodgers when he allowed a run and three hits over 1.1 innings. Batters have a hit or more in the last seven appearances against Watson. Juan Nicasio improved his shutout streak to 6.2 innings with four hits, three walks, and four Ks. Felipe Rivero hasn’t allowed a run over his last 14 innings with 16 Ks. The Pirates moved to 13th in bullpen ERA (4.05) over 31 games with six wins, seven losses, and eight saves.
St. Louis Cardinals
After 32 games, St. Louis is 20th in bullpen ERA (4.31) with four wins, five losses, and 13 saves. Seung-Hwan Oh extended his shutout streak to 11 innings with 12 baserunners allowed and 11 Ks. He’s converted his last eight saves after blowing his first opportunity of the year on April 2nd. Last week Trevor Rosenthal pitched in back-to-back games for the first time in 2017. Over 11.1 innings, Rosenthal has 20 Ks with no runs allowed over the last four innings. Brett Cecil allowed a run in his last two appearances after tossing 8.1 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts.
Fernando Rodney has been perfect in his last two save chances covering 1.2 innings after looking on the verge of losing his closing job. Over his last two appearances in April, Rodney allowed eight runs and ten baserunners over 1.2 innings. Fernando is 8-for-10 in save conversions with a brutal ERA (10.80) and WHIP (1.97). Archie Bradley allowed a run in three of his last six outing (three runs and eight baserunners over 8.1 innings with 12 Ks). J.J. Hoover saw his 9.1 scoreless streak end on May 7th when the Rockies beat him for two home runs. The Diamondbacks are 19th in bullpen ERA (4.30) after 33 games with six wins, two losses, and eight saves.
The Rockies continues to hang around in bullpen ERA (4.00 – 11th) after 33 games with eight wins, one loss, and 15 saves. Greg Holland remains perfect in his 13 saves chances with no runs allowed over his last six innings with eight Ks. Adam Ottavino struggled in his last two appearances (two runs and five baserunners in one inning). His skid is due to walks issued walks. Jake McGee pitched at a high level over his last 8.2 innings (no run with seven Ks).
Los Angeles Dodgers
Kenley Jansen has been electric over his last 10.2 shutout innings (no walks and 23 Ks). Jansen has two wins while being perfect in his seven save chances. Pedro Baez served up his second HR in his last six outings to the Pittsburgh on May 9th. Baez continues to struggle his command (10 walks over 13 innings). Josh Fields tossed 5.1 shutout innings in May with six Ks. The Dodgers are 7th in bullpen ERA (3.02) after 33 games with five wins, five losses, and eight saves.
San Diego Padres
The Padres remain at the bottom of the league in bullpen ERA (5.07 – 26th) after 34 games with four wins, seven losses, and six saves. Brandon Maurer has been electric over his last 8.2 innings (no runs, two hits, no walks, and 14 Ks). He’s 4-for-4 in save conversions, but no save chances since April 26th. Brad Hand struggled in his last two outings (two runs and six baserunners over 3.2 innings with four Ks). Kirby Yates has been sharp over his last 5.1 innings (no runs and seven strikeouts). Carter Capps still isn’t making any progress at AAA (nine runs and 13 baserunners over his last six innings).
San Francisco Giants
Mark Melancon landed on the DL this week with a right elbow issue. The last report suggests he’ll miss the minimum number of days. Over his last two innings, Mark allowed two runs and four baserunners. He’s been successful in six of his eight save opportunities. Hunter Strickland may get a chance to close, but he’s allowed one run and 12 baserunners over his last four innings. Derek Law hasn’t allowed a run over his last 5.2 innings with eight strikeouts. Based on the recent outings, Law should get the first save chance.