Fantasy Baseball: Week 13 N.L. Closer Report

NL East

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Atlanta Braves

Jim Johnson struggled in two of his four games over the last week, but he did earn three saves in four opportunities. He allowed three runs and seven baserunners over four innings. Jim has been successful in 16 of his 21 save chances. Arodys Vizcaino has a 0.79 ERA and 0.84 WHIP over his last 22.2 innings with 25 Ks while picking up a save in his last game on June 23rd. Jose Ramirez pitched poorly over his last 6.1 innings (five runs and 13 baserunners). Atlanta is 12th in bullpen ERA (4.08) after 76 games with 15 wins, eight losses, and 17 saves.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins ranks just below Atlanta in bullpen ERA (4.09 – 13th). Their relievers have 15 wins, 14 losses, and 13 saves after 74 games. A.J. Ramos earned four saves over the last week when he threw 4.1 shutout innings with four strikeouts. Ramos is 13-for-14 in save tries with a high level of success (1.35 ERA) over his last 13.1 innings with 18 Ks. Kyle Barraclough served up a home run in his last outing to blew the lead against the Mets. Kyle has a 1.38 ERA over his last 13 innings with 15 strikeouts. There’s been talk of Ramos getting traded so Barraclough may get a chance to close. David Phelps should in the mix for saves if there’s a trade. Over his last seven innings, Phelps allowed two runs with five Ks.

New York Mets

Addison Reed hasn’t had a save chance since June 11th. Over his last five innings, he allowed two runs and nine baserunners with two strikeouts. Reed converted in 11 of his 13 save opportunities. Jerry Blevins allowed a run in three of his last five games (three runs and ten baserunners over 2.1 innings with a K). Paul Sewald didn’t allow a run over his last 4.1 innings with no walks and five strikeouts. His game is full of disaster risk, but he may be the third best option in this bullpen. New York is 27th in bullpen ERA (4.91) after 75 games with ten wins, 16 losses, and 15 saves.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies are 25th in bullpen ERA (4.77) after 76 games with tens wins, 19 losses, and ten saves. Hector Neris pitched his way out of the 9th inning over his last seven games (three runs and eight baserunners over seven innings with nine Ks) with two blown saves. Pat Neshek improved his scoreless streak to 17 innings with one walk and 17 Ks. His only save chance over this stretch came on June 6th. Luis Garcia hasn’t allowed a run over his last 7.1 innings with 10 Ks.

Washington Nationals

Matt Albers hasn’t had a save opportunity since June 12th when he allowed three runs and three baserunners over two-thirds of an inning. Over his last three innings, Matt allowed no runs and one hit with four Ks. Enny Romero extended his shutout run to 16.1 innings with 19 strikeouts. Oliver Perez has been elite over his last 7.2 innings (one run, two hits, and 12 Ks). The Nationals are 28th in bullpen ERA (4.91) after 75 games with 11 wins, 12 losses, and 20 saves.

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NL Central

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs remain fifth in the majors in bullpen ERA (3.32) after 76 games with 11 wins, 12 losses, and 19 saves. Wade Davis remains perfect in his 15 save chances, but he did struggle over his last six games (four runs and 11 baserunners over 5.2 innings with 11 Ks). Carl Edwards tossed five shutout innings with seven Ks over the past ten days, which came after a couple of poor games (four runs and five baserunners over 3.2 innings with six Ks). Koji Uehara has a 1.04 ERA over 8.2 innings in June with eight strikeouts.

Cincinnati Reds

Raisel Iglesias only has one save since June 11th while allowing one run over 5.1 innings with no walks and five Ks. Iglesias has been successful in 13 of his 14 save tries. Michael Lorenzen pitched poorly over his last 6.2 innings (6.75 ERA and 1.80 WHIP). Tony Cingrani found his way over his last 5.2 innings (no runs and two hits with five strikeouts). The Reds rank 14th in bullpen ERA (4.10) after 74 games with 13 wins, 13 losses, and 16 saves.

Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee is about league average in bullpen ERA (4.20) after 78 games with 13 wins, 19 losses, and 26 saves. Corey Knebel improved his scoreless streak to 10.2 innings with 17 strikeouts and eight saves. Knebel is 12-for-15 in save tries with an elite ERA (0.96) and WHIP (0.96). Josh Hader hasn’t allowed a run over 6.1 innings in the majors with one hit, four walks, and six strikeouts. He may emerge in the starting rotation. Jacob Barnes remains at risk after allowing seven runs and 15 baserunners over his last 5.1 innings. Jared Hughes allowed one run over his last 10.1 innings with 11 Ks.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Felipe Rivero took a loss on June 27th when he allowed a run and two baserunners over one inning vs. the Rays on June 27th. Rivero still hasn’t blown a save in three chances while posting a 0.89 ERA over his last 20.1 innings with 22 Ks. Juan Nicasio blew up over his last three innings with seven runs and ten baserunners with four Ks. Edgar Santana had a 1.93 ERA at AAA with 31 Ks over 32.2 innings while offering a mid-90s fastball. Over his last 4.2 innings in the majors, he allowed a run and seven baserunners with seven Ks. Pittsburgh slid to 11th in bullpen ERA (4.08) after 75 games with 13 wins, 15 losses, and 14 saves.

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are 19th in bullpen ERA (4.44) after 75 games with eight wins, eight losses, and 22 saves. Seung-hwan Oh has been a disaster over his last eight games (seven runs, 12 baserunners, and three HRs over eight innings). Oh is 16-for-19 in save conversions. Trevor Rosenthal struggled as well over his last five innings (six runs and 13 baserunners with six Ks). Brett Cecil threw the ball at an elite level over his last nine innings (no runs, three hits, and six strikeouts).

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NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Fernando Rodney continues to put up zeros (18.2 innings with 20 Ks) leading to 13 saves in 14 chances over this stretch. On the year, Rodney has been successful in 20 of his 23 saves opportunities. Archie Bradley hasn’t allowed a run over his last 12.2 innings with 14 Ks. Archie has a 0.52 ERA over his last 17.1 innings with 20 strikeouts. Arizona added Ruddy De La Rosa to the bullpen over the last week. He threw 2.1 shutout innings with no walks and five Ks. His arm looked electric at AAA (2.35 ERA with 23 Ks in 15.1 innings). The Diamondbacks jumped to fourth in bullpen ERA (3.18) after 76 games with 16 wins, six losses, and 21 saves.

Colorado Rockies

The fade of the Rockies’ bullpen ERA (4.45 – 21st) led to too many losses over the last month. Greg Holland continues to do his job in the ninth (25-for-26) with no runs allowed over his last 2.2 innings with four strikeouts. Greg has a 1.27 ERA over his last 21.1 innings with 30 strikeouts. Jake McGee has been a disaster over his last 5.2 innings (seven runs and 12 baserunners with eight Ks). Adam Ottavino could be injured after getting dusted for seven runs and seven baserunners over his last two innings with four wild pitches on one inning vs. the Dodgers on June 25th.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Kenley Jansen has nine saves, and a win with no runs over 12.2 innings with 17 Ks. His last run came May 21st (15.2 innings). Kenley converted all 17 of his save in 2017. Pedro Baez threw three shutout inning over the last week. Baez has a 1.17 ERA over his last 15.1 innings with 14 Ks. Sergio Romo allowed two runs over his last 8.1 innings with 11 strikeouts. LA moved back to second in bullpen ERA (2.90) after 79 games with 15 wins, seven losses, and 22 saves.

San Diego Padres

The Padres sit 23rd in bullpen ERA (4.60) after 76 games with 12 wins, 17 losses, and 19 saves. Brandon Maurer allowed two runs and three baserunners over his last inning of work to push his ERA to 11.73 over his last 6.1 innings with two Ks. Maurer is 14-for-16 in save conversions. Phil Maton should be on the verge of saving in San Diego. Over his 6.2 innings in the majors, Maton hasn’t allowed a run or walk with ten strikeouts. Brad Hand extended his shutout streak to seven innings with no walks and five Ks.

San Francisco Giants

Mark Melancon was placed on the DL with an elbow issue, which was expected after his drilling on June 18th. Sam Dyson was named his replacement after allowing two runs and six baserunners over 6.1 innings with nine Ks in the National League. Hunter Strickland struggled in his last two innings (two runs and seven baserunners with three Ks). Over 4.1 innings in his majors, Kyle Crick, allowed two runs and five baserunners with one K. The Giants are 17th in bullpen ERA (4.40) after 78 games with 11 wins, 12 losses, and 15 saves.

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