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Welcome to the SCFE Week 5 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, yet another Angel relief pitcher is on the disabled list. Another shakeup in Philadelphia, and more uncertainty in the Bay Area.

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 last days of April into May, who are some of the guys you need to be looking at? Let’s dive in!

Week 5 Bullpen Briefs

**Updated April 27


Who’s Out?

Cam Bedrosin, RP, Los Angeles Angels

With the Angels bullpen already hurting with Huston Street (shoulder) and Andrew Bailey (shoulder) on the disabled list, they get dealt another blow. Cam Bedrosian was added to the 10-day disabled list. He had a blown save last Friday, then promptly laded on the DL with a right groin strain.

While the DL stint should be over very soon, Bedrosian has not been able to stay healthy. Seems like a running theme for the Angels bullpen. While this is not a situation Fantasy owners should feel good about, saves are saves. Hopefully Bedrosian can come back and claim the closer role, until then it looks like Bud Norris will man the position. With Blake Parker a good speculative add for teams.

 Joaquin Benoit, RP, Philadelphia Phillies


Just like moving on from Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth, Joaquin Benoit’s stay as closer came to an early end. In my Week 3 Bullpen Briefs, I wrote about why they made the move to Benoit. But also questioned the short leash for Gomez. You can read about it here.

Now, after another short stay for the closer, Hector Neris seems to be the ninth inning guy. Albeit without the closer title. Pete Mackanin gave no more clarity to the situation by saying that both Neris and Benoit will continue to share the closer role.

Who’s In?

Bud Norris, RP, Los Angeles Angels


Definitely not the sexiest name for a closer, but Bud Norris has converted his first four saves chances. In those outings, he has four innings pitched, two hits, a 5:2 K/BB ratio and zero runs given up. He seems to be filling in admirably while Bedrosian heals up.

On the season, Blake Parker would seem to have the better stuff. But Norris’ numbers aren’t far off from his. In 12.2 innings pitched, Norris has a 2.84 ERA, three holds, four saves and a 15:5 K/BB ratio. Parkers numbers in 10.2 innings pitched has a 2.53 ERA, three holds and a 18:3 K/BB ratio. Unless Norris happens to falter, or Bedrosian has a setback, the job looks to be his. And so far, he’s been as good as he could be.

Hector Neris, RP, Philadelphia Phillies


Another week, another Phillies closer. It did not take manager Pete Mackanin long to move on from Benoit. While he said Hector Neris is not named closer, everyone knows he has the superior stuff. Unfortunately for Neris, two of his last three outings he gave up runs in non-save situations. Thursday night he pitched a clean inning for his fourth save of the season.

The hiccups shouldn’t make much of a difference, but this is not a normal situation. For now, Benoit should be the setup man to Neris in the ninth. Benoit should get the occasional save opportunity if Neris needs rest. In the end, you want the guy with the more electric repertoire. And that pithcer is Neris.



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: 9 Holds, 1.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 12 K, 4 BB, 0 SV
  • Daniel Hudson, PIT: 7 Holds, 5.59 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 10 K, 3 BB, 0 SV
  • Filipe Rivero, PIT: 7 Holds, 0.66 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 12 K, 2 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Joaquin Benoit, PHI: 6 Holds, 2.53 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 10 K, 4 BB, 1 SV
  • Matt Bowman, STL: 6 Holds, 1.54 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 10 K, 2 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Mike Dunn, COL: 6 Holds, 1.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 10 K, 2 BB, 0 SV, 2 W – Currently on 10-day disabled list (back) – Expected return May 3rd
  • Brad Brach, BAL: 5 Holds, 0.00 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, 14 K, 4 BB, 4 SV
  • Danny Farquhar, TB: 5 Holds, 5.23 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 9 K, 7 BB, 0 SV
  • Luke Gregerson, HOU: 5 Holds, 5.79 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 9 K, 3 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Heath Hembree, BOS: 5 Holds, 1.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 13 K, 4 BB, 0 SV
  • Corey Knebel, MIL: 5 Holds, 1.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 15 K, 6 BB, 0 SV
  • Bryan Shaw, CLE: 5 Holds, 3.60 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 7 K, 4 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
  • Carlos Torres, MIL: 5 Holds, 3.86 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 8 K, 8 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Justin Wilson, DET: 5 Holds, 0.00 ERA, 0.31 WHIP, 15 K, 3 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
  • Luis Avilan, LAD: 4 Holds, 2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 7 K, 4 BB, 0 SV
  • Jacob Barnes, MIL: 4 Holds, 0.00 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 14 K, 5 BB, 1 SV
  • Dellin Betances, NYY: 4 Holds, 1.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 11 K, 4 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Brett Cecil, STL: 4 Holds, 5.19 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 10 K, 5 BB, 0 SV
  • Jorge De La Rosa, ARI: 4 Holds, 3.24 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8 K, 2 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Sean Doolittle, OAK: 4 Holds, 2.57 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 11 K, 1 BB, 1 SV

Keep an eye on…

Carter Capps, RP, San Diego Padres


Coming back from Tommy John surgery, Carter Capps is currently going through a rehab assignment. At Triple-A El Paso, Capps’ numbers don’t look spectacular. In 3.2 innings pitched, he’s given up four hits, four earned runs, three strikeouts and two walks. His ERA sits at 9.82 as of now. All of those runs came in a bad outing, and his last two appearances he hasn’t given up a hit, although he walked two batters. He looks to join the Padres before the month is up or in early May.

Capps will have to be on top of his game to unseat Brandon Maurer. Maurer, in 8.2 innings pitched, has a 3.12 ERA, six hits, three earned runs, 12 strikeuts and only one walk. He has converted all four save chances, and looks good so far, but Capps does have the better stuff. Let’s just hope his hop step delivery isn’t a problem once he returns to the majors.

Update: Capps got shelled in his 0.1 inning pitched last night. In Triple-A Salt Lake, heallowed three hits, two walks and scored five runs. Not the type of outing you are looking for when you’re about to be back in the majors.

Capps now has a 20.25 ERA, seven hits, four strikeouts and four walks in four innings pitched. Hopefully he can right the ship, but with numbers like these, Maurer’s job seems to be safe.

Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland Athletics


With Santiago Casilla taking his first blown save Tuesday, the A’s bullpen could get shook up. That same night, Ryan Madson took the loss in the 10th inning, While Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth. Doolittle has a 11:1 K/BB ratio and a 2.57 ERA, while Casilla has an 8:4 K/BB ratio and a 4.00 ERA.

Madson is doing well with a 9:1 K/BB ratio and a 2.00 ERA, but Doolittle has better stuff than he does. Doolittle is not someone who is handed the ninth all to himself. But the way Bob Melvin is using matchups, and Casilla’s struggles, he makes for a solid add, especially in holds leagues.


So there are your Week 5 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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