Archive for Bullpen Banter

Bullpen Notes: August 14, 2017: Could Holland or Chapman Lose Role? & 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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Searching For Saves: Will Disarray In Chicago Lead To A Sleeper Emerging?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As it is the Chicago White Sox pitching staff owns a 5.30 ERA in August, so why not trade your one trustworthy reliever (though that fact is debatable on its own).  Yesterday the White Sox jettisoned Tyler Clippard, sending him to Houston, leaving the bullpen in utter disarray.  Is there a pitcher who could step up and emerge as a closer candidate?

First, let’s take a look at our RRQ (with 20+ innings pitched required to qualify) scores to try and find someone (despite some ugly overall numbers):

  • Juan Minaya – (5.65)
  • Gregory Infante – (36.88)
  • David Holmberg – (44.63)
  • Chris Beck – (54.05)

Those are some incredibly ugly scores, with Minaya representing the “best” mark (despite being a below average option).  Where he’s hurt is an inflated fly ball rate (48.4%) and an inability to generate many swings outside of the strike zone (28.2% O-Swing%).  Those have coupled to lead to him allowing 1.65 HR/9 and a 3.95 BB/9, neither of which create an ideal closing candidate.

So is there anyone who could emerge?!  Yes, there is… Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 13, 2017: New Closer In Minnesota, Chapman’s Struggles Continue & 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: August 12, 2017: Updates On Belisle, Bedrosian, Neris & Much 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: August 11, 2017: Renewed Chapman Concerns, Clippard/Treinen Emerging & 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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Searching For Saves: Ranging The Potential Closer Candidates For The Angels

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It appears that the Los Angeles Angels have decided to move on from Bud Norris for ninth inning duties, though that isn’t a given (though last night’s performance may have cemented that).  It is a decision that would make sense based on his recent struggles, but even if they haven’t gotten to that point you would think it wouldn’t be far off.  That said, as we’ve all learned it’s easy for a manager to turn back to someone with past success in the role, so we don’t want to ignore him as a potential option moving forward.  There are a few pitchers who could step into the role, so let’s take a look and try to determine who has the highest upside (please note all statistics are prior to last night’s game, though the percentages reflect the outcome):

 

Bud Norris
Up until recently it would’ve been hard to believe that Norris would be removed from the role, but things have gone south in a hurry.  Since July 25 he’s allowed runs in three of his six appearances, with 10 ER on 7 H and 6 BB over 3.2 IP.  That’s led to his ERA rising from 2.23 to 4.09, though with only one of the outings leading to a blown save it is possible that he sees the next chance.  Of course one more stumble in the short-term could lead to him permanently being yanked from the role. Read more