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Week 20 Bullpen Briefs: The Home Stretch

Week 20 Bullpen Briefs: The Home Stretch
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Welcome to the SCFE Week 20 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, a change in the Bay Area. An old reliever seemingly taking his job back in the Midwest. And a closer returning to Queens very soon.

If you want to see which hitters you should start, check out the Week 19 Hitting Planner by Aaron Hinckley.

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

Week 20 Bullpen Briefs

**Updated as of August 


Who’s Out?

Seung Hwan Oh, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

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Seung Hwan Oh has been doing well in his new role. In his last 10 games, Oh has a 1.00 ERA, with 12 strikeouts and zero walks. As of now, it looks like Oh will be relegated to seventh and eighth inning duties with Trevor Rosenthal asserting himself back into the Cards closer role. The way Oh has been pitching, he is still a useful reliever for strikeouts and holds.

Santiago Casilla, RP, Oakland Athletics

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After blowing a save and taking the loss on July 26, Santiago Casilla has put together 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball. During that span, he has recorded two holds, allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked three batters. Manager Bob Melvin still looks to trust Casilla in meaningful situations, but it looks like closing is not in his future.

Who’s In?

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

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Since Oh has been removed from the closer role, Trevor Rosenthal has reclaimed the stuff he had when he was the previous closer for the Cardinals. Rosenthal has recorded six straight saves for the Cards. In those games, he has pitched 7.2 innings, hasn’t given up a run, recorded 14 strikeouts and only walked one batter. It looks like the Cardinals have stability in the ninth and are nipping at the Cubs heels for the division lead.

Blake Treinen, RP, Oakland Athletics

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Blake Treinen is closing for the Athletics, but his last 10 games have been rocky. During those games, he has recorded three holds, then a blown save, a save, another blown save and a save again. He’s struck out 13 batters and walked five in those games. This is a fluid situation where Casilla or Ryan Dull could get looks in the ninth. If you have Treinen, be ready to drop him for one of the other options.



Holds Candidates

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

  • Taylor Rogers, MIN: 25 Holds, 3.74 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 37 K, 13 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
  • Jacob Barnes, MIL: 21 Holds, 4.29 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 55 K, 22 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
  • Andrew Miller, CLE: 21 Holds, 1.67 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, 78 K, 15 BB, 2 SV, 4 W – 10-day disabled list (Knee)
  • David Phelps, SEA: 21 Holds, 3.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 62 K, 22 BB, 0 SV, 3 W – 10-day disabled list (Elbow)
  • Adam Ottavino, COL: 20 Holds, 5.12 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 44 K, 28 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Nick Vincent, SEA: 20 Holds, 2.03 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 38 K, 9 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Matt Barnes, BOS: 19 Holds, 3.27 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 63 K, 23 BB, 0 SV, 6 W
  • Matt Bowman, STL: 19 Holds, 3.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 37 K, 12 BB, 1 SV, 3 W
  • Jose Ramirez, ATL: 19 Holds, 2.31 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 43 K, 20 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Pedro Baez, LAD: 18 Holds, 1.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 43 K, 18 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Mychal Givens, BAL: 18 Holds, 2.44 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 58 K, 15 BB, 0 SV, 7 W
  • Ryan Madson, WAS: 18 Holds, 1.71 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, 52 K, 7 BB, 1 SV, 4 W
  • Matt Belisle, MIN: 17 Holds, 4.34 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 40 K, 19 BB, 2 SV
  • Chris Devenski, HOU: 17 Holds, 2.76 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 81 K, 17 BB, 3 SV, 6 W
  • Will Harris, HOU: 17 Holds, 2.86 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 39 K, 5 BB, 2 SV, 2 W – 10-day disabled list (Shoulder)
  • Juan Nicasio, PIT: 17 Holds, 2.58 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 55 K, 18 BB, 2 SV, 1 W
  • Arodys Vizcaino, ATL: 17 Holds, 2.40 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 43 K, 13 BB, 5 SV, 3 W
  • Dellin Betances, NYY: 16 Holds, 2.36 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 75 K, 32 BB, 6 SV, 3 W
  • Ryan Buchter, KC: 16 Holds, 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 51 K, 20 BB, 1 SV, 4 W
  • Brad Hand, SD: 16 Holds, 2.28 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 77 K, 17 BB, 8 SV, 2 W

Keep an eye on…

Jeurys Familia, RP, New York Mets

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Jeurys Familia hasn’t pitched since May 10. He had a minor procedure to deal with a blood clot near his pitching shoulder. Familia threw a bullpen session and will be heading out on a rehab assignment soon. He could return to the team as soon as next week. Familia won’t be anointed closer as soon as he comes back. The Mets have A.J. Ramos to allow Familia to work himself back into the closer role.


So there are your Week 20 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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