Archive for Bullpen Banter

The Saves Forecaster: Three Under-the-Radar Relievers Who Could Emerge As Save Candidates Before Long

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are all trying to find saves, given the seemingly uncertainty surrounding the closers role for many teams.  Which pitchers could be currently flying under-the-radar, but have excelled in the early going and could emerge as viable candidates to close (whether it’s a trade, injury or inability)?  Here’s three names you want to have on your radars:

 

Over 18.0 innings in the Majors over the past two years he has thrown 148 sliders and has not yet allowed a hit off the pitch

Victor Arano – Philadelphia Phillies
Arano goes after hitters with a fastball/slider combination, though the pitch he uses most often is his slider (50.0%).  It makes sense as it is generating a 28.57% Whiff% this season, but that’s not the most impressive number.  Over 18.0 innings in the Majors over the past two years he has thrown 148 sliders and has not yet allowed a hit off the pitch. Now let that set in for a moment…

Arano has coupled those impressive numbers with the ability to generate enough groundballs (0.90 GO/AO over his minor league career) and strong control (2.1 BB/9 over his minor league career, 0 walks in ’18).  What exactly is there not to like in that profile? Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 19, 2018: Boxberger’s Bounce Back (But Is He Safe), Holland “Improves” & 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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Bullpen Notes: April 18, 2018: Colome Running Out Of Rope, Change Looms In Detroit & San Francisco & 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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Expedition Saves: Is Now The Time To Stash The Cardinals’ Luke Gregerson?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When the St. Louis Cardinals signed Greg Holland the expectation was that he would immediately slide into the closer’s role silencing the speculation to one of the more convoluted save situations.  However that hasn’t been the case, as Holland has been worse than anyone could’ve imagined since joining the big league club:

Date
Innings
Runs
Hits
Walks
Strikeouts
04/09/180.11040
04/11/181.00010
04/14/181.00101
04/17/180.002120

All told he’s walked 7 batters over 2.1 IP, with at least 1 BB in three of his four appearances.  If you want to blame his struggles on the lack of a true Spring Training it’s fair, but at this point we are left to wonder if he’ll ever be able to actually claim the role that appeared to be his. Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 17, 2018: Clarity In Houston (Giles Out), Concerns Grow For Holland/Jansen, Hader Time Is Here (Sort Of) & 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: April 17, 2018: Change Looms For NL East Teams & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all statistics are through Saturday, unless otherwise noted):

 

1) Kyle Barraclough – Miami Marlins (2)
Current Closer – Brad Ziegler

In theory Ziegler has not yet blown a save, but he is 0-3 (after taking another loss on Saturday) and owns an 8.10 ERA.  It always felt like he was going to be removed from the role, and that time could be coming in short order.  For now we’d expect Barraclough to take the reins, but Drew Steckenrider is also an option.  Both bring a more traditional closer’s skillset and have the potential to run with the role if given the chance. Read more