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Week 21 Bullpen Briefs: Oh No, Another Closer Change

Week 21 Bullpen Briefs: Oh No, Another Closer Change
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Welcome to the SCFE Week 21 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 closer demoted in New York. Another reliever traded from the Windy City. And yet another closer change in the NL Central.

If you want to see which hitters you should start, check out the Week 20 Hitting Planner by Aaron Hinckley.

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

Week 21 Bullpen Briefs

**Updated as of August 20


Who’s Out?

Aroldis Chapman, RP, New York Yankees

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Aroldis Chapman was removed from the closer role on August 19. Chapman just hasn’t been himself this year after a long second half with the Cubs last year. On the season, Chapman has a bloated 4.14 ERA, with 16 saves and four blown saves. Joe Girardi said he will use Chapman at any point, but his time as closer is over for now. Look for Dellin Betances and David Robertson to get save chances in his stead.

Tyler Clippard, RP, Houston Astros

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Another week, another White Sox trade. Tyler Clippard was moved to the Astros on August 13. Since joining Houston, Clippard has pitched 3.2 innings, has a 0.00 ERA, recorded a hold, five strikeouts and two walks. Clippard is just a guy at this point. Will occasionally get a hold, but doesn’t hold a lot of value moving forward.

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

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Trevor Rosenthal is seeking a second opinion on his right elbow situation. I can be concluded that the first opinion recommended surgery, which is why he’s looking elsewhere. Whether it be rest or surgery, Rosenthal is probably done for the remainder of the fantasy season. Look for Seung Hwan Oh to get the first crack at save chances.

Who‘s In?

Dellin Betances/David Robertson, RP, New York Yankees

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With Chapman again having issues, the ninth inning will fall to a combination of Dellin Betances and David Robertson. Betances had a save on August 19, and three saves overall in his last four appearances.

Robertson also recorded a save on August 16. This should shake out as Betances is the first option, and if Joe Girardi feels he doesn’t want to use him so many days in a row, Robertson would step into the ninth.

Juan Minaya, RP, Chicago White Sox

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Since Tyler Clippard was traded to the Astros, Juan Minaya has recorded two saves since then. In his last outing, he had a walk, a solo home run, and no strikeouts. He may not be the best option since the White Sox are still trying to lose games, but he is a closer. And there are only so many. So if you had Clippard or another closer got traded, pick him up.

Seung Hwan Oh, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

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In his first outing back in the closer chair, Seung Hwan Oh did not fare very well. In his inning of work, Oh gave up three hits, two earned runs with no strikeouts or walks.

His second outing went much better. In two-thirds of an inning, Oh did not give up a hit, struck out one, walked one and came away with the save. Oh should be able to hold onto the closer role, with no obvious candidate


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: 28 Holds, 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 39 K, 15 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
  • Jacob Barnes, MIL: 24 Holds, 3.86 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 63 K, 24 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
  • Nick Vincent, SEA: 23 Holds, 1.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 41 K, 9 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Matt Barnes, BOS: 21 Holds, 3.45 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 66 K, 26 BB, 0 SV, 6 W
  • Matt Bowman, STL: 21 Holds, 3.83 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 38 K, 14 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
  • Pedro Baez, LAD: 21 Holds, 1.74 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 48 K, 18 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Andrew Miller, CLE: 21 Holds, 1.65 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 79 K, 16 BB, 2 SV, 4 W
  • David Phelps, SEA: 21 Holds, 3.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 62 K, 22 BB, 0 SV, 3 W – 10-day disabled list (Elbow)
  • Jose Ramirez, ATL: 21 Holds, 2.50 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 45 K, 21 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Adam Ottavino, COL: 20 Holds, 5.36 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 47 K, 28 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Chris Devenski, HOU: 19 Holds, 2.83 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 82 K, 20 BB, 3 SV, 6 W
  • Mychal Givens, BAL: 19 Holds, 2.19 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 67 K, 17 BB, 0 SV, 7 W
  • Ryan Madson, WSH: 19 Holds, 1.68 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 52 K, 7 BB, 1 SV, 4 W – 10-day disabled list (Finger)
  • Juan Nicasio, PIT: 19 Holds, 3.05 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 57 K, 18 BB, 2 SV, 1 W
  • Carl Edwards, Jr., CHC: 18 Holds, 3.58 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 73 K, 31 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Kyle Barraclough, MIA: 17 Holds, 3.31 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB, 0 SV 4 W
  • Matt Belisle, MIN: 17 Holds, 4.63 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 43 K, 19 BB, 3 SV
  • Dellin Betances, NYY: 17 Holds, 2.11 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 81 K, 33 BB, 9 SV, 3 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)
  • Arodys Vizcaino, ATL: 17 Holds, 2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 47 K, 13 BB, 7 SV, 3 W

So there are your Week 21 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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