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Week 22 Bullpen Briefs: Knee(d) To Find A Closer?

Week 22 Bullpen Briefs: Knee(d) To Find A Closer?
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Welcome to the SCFE Week 22 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, the Orioles got some good news. The Braves have a changing of the closer guard. And a closer returning to the NL East.

If you want to see which hitters you should start, check out the Week 21 Hitting Planner by Aaron Hinckley.

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

Week 22 Bullpen Briefs

**Updated as of August 24


Who’s Out?

Zach Britton, RP, Baltimore Orioles

Zach Britton had his AL-record 60 straight saves streak snapped on August 23. After that game, it was revealed that Britton was going for an MRI on his knee. Thankfully for Britton and the Orioles, they got good news from the MRI. It is not known if he will require a stay on the disabled list. But with all of his injuries this year, Brad Brach should be picked up.

Thankfully for Britton and the Orioles, they got good news from the MRI. It is not known if he will require a stay on the disabled list. But with all of his injuries this year, Brad Brach should be picked up.

Jim Johnson, RP, Atlanta Braves

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Jim Johnson blew a save chance on August 23. That makes nine blown saves on the year for Johnson, which is the most of the year, edging out Roberto Osuna and Tony Watson.

Johnson has seen his ERA get to a nasty 5.69 for the season. While he did have some value earlier in the season, he has since been usurped by Arodys Vizcaino.


Who’s In?

Brad Brach, RP, Baltimore Orioles

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Brad Brach finally recorded another hold on the year on August 23. It took 31 games to get that hold, which is absurd for a setup man. Either way, Brach is now thrust back into relevancy with Zach Britton having an MRI on his knee.

If Britton goes on the disabled list, Brach will step into the closer role. But even if he doesn’t hit the DL, the Orioles will need to rest him a bit before rolling him out there again.

Arodys Vizcaino, RP, Atlanta Braves

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In his last 10 appearances, Arodys Vizcaino has recorded five saves. In those games, Vizcaino has a minuscule 0.96 ERA and a 9/2 K/BB ratio. Vizcaino has officially moved into the closer role and isn’t expected to relinquish that role anytime soon.

On the year, Vizcaino has a 2.15 ERA, 17 holds, 7 saves, 49 strikeouts, and 14 walks. He was always the closer of the future, it just looks like the Braves are making that time now.



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, 3.64 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 40 K, 16 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
  • Jacob Barnes, MIL: 24 Holds, 4.11 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 65 K, 24 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
  • Nick Vincent, SEA: 24 Holds, 2.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 41 K, 9 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Pedro Baez, LAD: 22 Holds, 1.86 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 50 K, 22 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Jose Ramirez, ATL: 22 Holds, 2.41 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 47 K, 22 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Matt Barnes, BOS: 21 Holds, 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 66 K, 27 BB, 0 SV, 6 W – 10-day disabled list (Back)
  • Matt Bowman, STL: 21 Holds, 4.35 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 38 K, 16 BB, 2 SV, 3 W
  • Andrew Miller, CLE: 21 Holds, 1.65 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 79 K, 17 BB, 2 SV, 4 W – 10-day disabled list (Knee)
  • David Phelps, SEA: 21 Holds, 3.29 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 62 K, 22 BB, 0 SV, 4 W
  • Carl Edwards, Jr., CHC: 20 Holds, 3.44 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 76 K, 31 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Mychal Givens, BAL: 20 Holds, 2.42 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 70 K, 18 BB, 0 SV, 7 W
  • Adam Ottavino, COL: 20 Holds, 5.23 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 49 K, 28 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Kyle Barraclough, MIA: 19 Holds, 3.12 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 58 K, 31 BB, 0 SV 4 W
  • Chris Devenski, HOU: 19 Holds, 2.74 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 84 K, 20 BB, 3 SV, 6 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, 2.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 59 K, 18 BB, 2 SV, 2 W
  • Matt Belisle, MIN: 17 Holds, 4.53 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 43 K, 19 BB, 4 SV
  • Dellin Betances, NYY: 17 Holds, 2.30 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)
  • Tommy Hunter, TB: 17 Holds, 2.35 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 50 K, 11 BB, 1 SV, 2 W

Keep an eye on…

Jeurys Familia, RP, New York Mets

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Jeurys Familia was activated from the 60-day disabled list on August 26. Familia had surgery in mid-May to remove an arterial blood clot near his right shoulder. Terry Collins said Familia won’t be put back into the closer role immediately. Collins wants to pitch him in some low-leverage situations first.

In his six rehab innings, Familia gave up no runs and had a 7/2 K/BB ratio. Look for Familia to regain his closer role sometime in the next week. That will move A.J. Ramos into a setup role.

So there are your Week 22 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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