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Bullpen Banter: Who Is Oakland’s Best Closer Candidate For The Short-Term?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Tyler Clippard now a member of the New York Mets, all eyes turn towards Oakland and who will step in to close. Long-term the answer is obviously Sean Doolittle, but his return is still a few weeks away and he could be eased back into closing games. In other words, if you are lucky you are going to get a few weeks of save chances (and that may be a stretch). Who is going to close in the interim?  We have an answer, somewhat, but that doesn’t mean that it’ll last. Let’s take a look at the options:

 

Edward Mujica
There’s a chance he’s traded as well, making this a moot point, but with a market flush with bullpen arms it’s no sure thing. Mujica has closer experience, with 37 saves for the Cardinals in 2013, and has reportedly been named the closer (click here for the tweet from Jane Lee) but he simply hasn’t been very good in 2015. He has a 4.13 ERA and a solid 1.16 WHIP (thanks to elite control, with a 1.59 BB/9). However the other skills simply have t been there:

Strikeouts - He hasn’t shown the upside, with a 6.35 K/9. Interesting that the underlying metrics indicate more potential, with a 12.9% SwStr% and 41.8% O-Swing%, but that’s been the story of his career. He owns a career 11.1% SwStr% and 34.5% O-Swing%, yet just a 7.04 K/9. Don’t expect something to suddenly change. Read more

Closer in Waiting Power Rankings (July 29, 2015): Could Capps Get Chance & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the trade deadline quickly approaching we are going to change our “Closer in Waiting Power Rankings” slightly, as things could evolve quickly. Therefore we are going to give a quick Top 10 daily, with a few quick notes, to help keep you abreast of the rapidly changing situations. After the deadline we will move back to our weekly rankings. With that in mind, let’s get to the rankings:

1. Hector Rondon – Chicago Cubs (1)
We all know that Jason Motte is a ticking time bomb, he struggled in back-to-back outings (4 ER on 5 H over 1.0 IP) before being used in a non-save situation yesterday.  The question has been who will get the shot to step in and replace him with so many options.  However it appears Rondon will be first in line, especially with Rafael Soriano yielding runs in three straight appearances and Rondon pitching so well of late (0.00 ERA in 10.1 IP in June and 0.79 ERA in 11.1 IP in July).

2. Fernando Rodriguez – Oakland A’s (2)
Tyler Clippard was dealt to the Mets, though it will be Edward Mujica who reportedly will get the first chance to fill the void.  How long will that really last, though, as he may have experience but he simply hasn’t been very good this season.  Rodriguez, meanwhile, has thrived.  Over 30.0 IP this season he owns a 3.60 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 11.40 K/9 (courtesy of a 14.2% SwStr% and 36.6% O-Swing%) and 2.70 BB/9 so it’s hard not to buy into his potential.  For now consider it just a matter of time before he’s thrust into the role. Read more

Bullpen Notes: July 28, 2015: Perkins Struggling, Could Ramos Be At Risk & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Closer in Waiting Power Rankings (July 28, 2015): Rondon Rising, Change Coming In Colorado & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the trade deadline quickly approaching we are going to change our “Closer in Waiting Power Rankings” slightly, as things could evolve quickly. Therefore we are going to give a quick Top 10 daily, with a few quick notes, to help keep you abreast of the rapidly changing situations. After the deadline we will move back to our weekly rankings. With that in mind, let’s get to the rankings:

1. Hector Rondon – Chicago Cubs (2)
We all know that Jason Motte is a ticking time bomb, he’s now struggled in back-to-back outings (4 ER on 5 H over 1.0 IP).  The question has been who will get the shot to step in and replace him with so many options.  However it appears Rondon will be first in line, especially with Rafael Soriano yielding a HR in back-to-back appearances and Rondon pitching so well of late (0.00 ERA in 10.1 IP in June and 0.79 ERA in 11.1 IP in July).

2. Fernando Rodriguez – Oakland A’s (1)
Tyler Clippard was dealt to the Mets yesterday, though we sit and wait to see who will get the first chance at filling the void. We’d like to believe Rodriguez is next up, and despite a recent bump (as well as coming in for the fourth inning), he was right back at the end of the game yesterday.  It’s possible that it’ll be Edward Mujica who gets the initial shot at this point, and Drew Pomeranz worked out of the bullpen recently and could also get a look if he is not going to be stretched out as a starter.  Over 30.0 IP this season Rodriguez owns a 3.60 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 11.40 K/9 (courtesy of a 14.2% SwStr% and 36.6% O-Swing%) and 2.70 BB/9 so it’s hard not to buy into his potential. Read more

Bullpen Notes: July 27, 2015: Potential Change In Seattle, Chicago & Colorado & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Closer in Waiting Power Rankings (July 27, 2015): Clippard On Verge Of Being Dealt & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the trade deadline quickly approaching we are going to change our “Closer in Waiting Power Rankings” slightly, as things could evolve quickly. Therefore we are going to give a quick Top 10 daily, with a few quick notes, to help keep you abreast of the rapidly changing situations. After the deadline we will move back to our weekly rankings. With that in mind, let’s get to the rankings:

1. Fernando Rodriguez – Oakland A’s (4)
They moved Scott Kazmir so it would seem like it’s just a matter of time before the next piece is dealt of Oakland’s roster. Rumors are that Tyler Clippard could be next to go, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the article) reporting, “There were strong indications after the A’s 4-3 loss at AT&T Park on Sunday that Clippard could be heading elsewhere, perhaps as soon as Monday.” Recent talk has been that the Mets were pushing hard to acquire him, though time will tell on where he lands.  We’d like to believe Rodriguez is next up, and despite a recent bump (as well as coming in for the fourth inning), he was right back at the end of the game yesterday.  It’s possible that it’ll be Edward Mujica who gets the initial shot at this point, and Drew Pomeranz worked out of the bullpen yesterday and could also get a look if he is not going to be stretched out as a starter.  That said, with a trade coming down at any moment and with how well Rodriguez has pitched, he claims the top spot for now. Read more