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Welcome to the SCFE Week 11 Bullpen Briefs. This will be a reoccurring article focusing on all the happenings in bullpens around the league. While we all know there are some studs that may not lose their respective roles. There are plenty more that will be ripe for the taking.

And this won’t just be for the coveted closer roles. This will focus on setup men shifting. As well as letting people know who the next guy is that could get a lot of holds for them. Keeping an eye here can also help you know who to make that speculative add to your roster before the change is made.

This week, we get yet another change at closer in Philadelphia. The Giants add some bullpen depth via trade, and a cheap trade chip if he starts putting it together by July. And a Pittsburgh reliever that could take over for Watson, and it isn’t who you think it is.

If you want to see who to start at pitching or hitting this week, we got you covered. Scott Guthrie handles our Pitching Planner. And as far as hitting goes, Aaron Hinckley writes our Hitting Planner.

So as we look to the third week of June, who are some of the guys you need to be looking at? Let’s dive in!

Week 11 Bullpen Briefs

**Updated as of June 8


Who’s Out?

Hector Neris, RP, Philadelphia Phillies


Hector Neris was pulled after getting just one out facing three batters on June 6. Pat Neshek was brought in and converted his first save of the season. Manager Pete Mackanin also came out and said he would have been in favor of Neshek taking the ninth on June 7 had a save opportunity presented itself. This could just be a temporary move for Neris, as the Phillies aren’t going anywhere with the worst record in baseball. They will more than likely look for a trade partner for Neshek come the trade deadline.

Who’s In?

Pat Neshek, RP, Philadelphia Phillies


As stated above, Pat Neshek came in on June 6 and converted his first save of the season. If the Phillies can get some offense going, Neshek could be in line for some more work over the next month. Neshek currently has a pristine 0.82 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 21 strikeouts and four walks. Pete Mackanin has switched closers pretty often this year, so if Neris gets his splitter under control, he could take the ninth inning role back.



Holds Candidates

These guys will be getting Holds and the occasional save opportunity for your team. Some will even luck into a few Wins.

  • Adam Ottavino, COL: 15 Holds, 2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 24 K, 15 BB, 0 SV
  • Taylor Rogers, MIN: 15 Holds, 3.10 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 14 K, 5 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Andrew Miller, CLE: 13 Holds, 0.33 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 40 K, 5 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Filipe Rivero, PIT: 13 Holds, 0.58 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 34 K, 6 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Arodys Vizcaino, ATL: 13 Holds, 2.16 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 30 K, 9 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Will Harris, HOU: 12 Holds, 2.13 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 29 K, 3 BB, 2 SV, 2 W
  • Matt Bowman, STL: 11 Holds, 4.72 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 21 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Heath Hembree, BOS: 11 Holds, 3.58 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 28 K, 5 BB, 0 SV
  • Corey Knebel, MIL: 11 Holds, 1.20 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 54 K, 16 BB, 7 SV
  • Alex Wilson, DET: 11 Holds, 2.36 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 15 K, 6 BB, 2 SV, 1 W
  • Matt Belisle, MIN: 10 Holds, 7.52 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 17 K, 13 BB, 0 SV
  • Mike Dunn, COL: 10 Holds, 5.30 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 26 K, 10 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Mychal Givens, BAL: 10 Holds, 2.70 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 30 K, 11 BB, 0 SV, 6 W
  • Luke Gregerson, HOU: 10 Holds, 4.88 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 28 K, 10 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Fernando Salas, NYM: 10 Holds, 5.13 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 26 K, 15 BB, 0 SV
  • Joe Smith, TOR: 10 Holds, 2.83 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 44 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Jose Alvarez, LAA: 10 Holds, 4.71 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 18 K, 5 BB, 1 SV
  • Jacob Barnes, MIL: 9 Holds, 3.86 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 32 K, 13 BB, 2 SV, 1 W
  • Archie Bradley, ARI: 9 Holds, 1.35 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 34 K, 6 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Ryan Buchter, SD: 9 Holds, 3.04 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 30 K, 14 BB, 1 SV, 3 W

Keep an eye on…

Sam Dyson, RP, San Francisco Giants


Sam Dyson didn’t see much success this year. The Giants acquired his services on June 6. The Giants are hoping that Dyson can recapture his 2016 season form. That season he compiled a 2.43 ERA and 38 saves for the Texas Rangers. This season went about as bad as it could have for Dyson. So far on the year, he has a 10.80 ERA, 2.58 WHIP, zero saves, six blown saves and an awful 7:12

This season went about as bad as it could have for Dyson. So far on the year, he has a 10.80 ERA, 2.58 WHIP, zero saves, six blown saves and an awful 7:12 K:BB ratio.

The Giants are getting Dyson for cash considerations and a player to be named later. They are taking a small risk that maybe AT&T Park can help him get back on track, and maybe along with Mark Melancon, have a couple of trade chips come the trade deadline.

Juan Nicasio, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates

In his last six appearances, Juan Nicasio hasn’t allowed an earned run and has a 9:1 K:BB ratio. While Tony Watson continues to struggle, and Daniel Hudson not brimming with confidence, the Pirates have a concern. I wrote before that I believed Filipe Rivero would be the guy to take over the ninth.

Well, Manager Clint Hurdle said he believed that one day he would be the closer, but will that be this soon? Maybe they don’t want to give him the shot at closer while they worry about his arbitration numbers. That leaves Nicasio to possibly slide right into the ninth inning. Keep an eye out, this situation is very fluid. Especially with the trade deadline approaching.


So there are your Week 11 Bullpen Briefs, and the pitchers to keep an eye on moving forward. Be sure and check back to get the low down on the next batch of relievers to snag.

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