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Welcome to the SCFE Week 9 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 go on a West Coast trip. An incumbent closer reclaiming his job in the Bay Area. San Diego having issues in the ninth and no one stepping up in Seattle.

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

Week 9 Bullpen Briefs

**Updated May 27


Who’s Out?

Derek Law, RP, San Francisco Giants


Derek Law did just fine as his stint as closer, posting a 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, six strikeouts, three walks and three saves during Mark Melancon’s absence. Through no fault of his own, he relinquishes the closer role back to Melancon. Everyone knew Law would be out as soon as Melancon returned.

Brandon Maurer, RP, San Diego Padres


Brandon Maurer hasn’t lost his job just yet, but even for a rebuilding Padres team, he isn’t doing much to keep it. On the season, Maurer is 0-3 with a 6.63 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 23 strikeouts, four walks, five saves and two blown saves. There obviously isn’t a rush to make a move at closer as the Padres don’t stand to win that many games. But if they make a move, look at Ryan Buchter or Brad Hand to take the role. Carter Capps still doesn’t look ready to take over the ninth.


Who’s In?

Mark Melancon, RP, San Francisco Giants


No surprise here, Mark Melancon resumes his role as the Giants closer. Since returning, Melancon has three saves in as many chances, a 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, one strikeout and zero walks. Through 13.2 innings pitched, he has nine saves, a 2.63 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 11 strikeouts and one walk.

Edwin Diaz, RP, Seattle Mariners


Since no one stepped up to claim the closer role, Edwin Diaz got the chance to close on May 25. Diaz pitched a clean inning for his eighth save of the season. As long as Diaz can keep his pitches under control, he should stick in the ninth. It looks as though the other Seattle relievers can be dropped at this time.



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: 14 Holds, 2.79 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 23 K, 12 BB, 0 SV
  • Taylor Rogers, MIN: 12 Holds, 3.52 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 12 K, 4 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Heath Hembree, BOS: 11 Holds, 3.91 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 24 K, 5 BB, 0 SV
  • Corey Knebel, MIL: 11 Holds, 1.14 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 41 K, 12 BB, 3 SV
  • Andrew Miller, CLE: 11 Holds, 0.72 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, 33 K, 5 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
  • Filipe Rivero, PIT: 11 Holds, 0.73 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 27 K, 5 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Mike Dunn, COL: 10 Holds, 5.79 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 18 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Will Harris, HOU: 10 Holds, 2.61 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 20 K, 3 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
  • Arodys Vizcaino, ATL: 10 Holds, 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 24 K, 6 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Matt Bowman, STL: 9 Holds, 3.80 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 19 K, 6 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
  • Ryan Dull, OAK: 9 Holds, 6.32 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 18 K, 9 BB, 0 SV, 2 W – 10-day disabled list (knee) Expected return June 1
  • Bryan Shaw, CLE: 9 Holds, 2.38 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 19 K, 11 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
  • Matt Belisle, MIN: 8 Holds, 8.22 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 12 K, 11 BB, 0 SV
  • Joaquin Benoit, PHI: 8 Holds, 4.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 17 K, 12 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
  • Danny Farquhar, TB: 8 Holds, 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 18 K, 11 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Mychal Givens, BAL: 8 Holds, 3.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 22 K, 10 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
  • Luke Gregerson, HOU: 8 Holds, 6.50 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 19 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Daniel Hudson, PIT: 8 Holds, 5.75 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 22 K, 9 BB, 0 SV
  • Jose Ramirez, ATL: 8 Holds, 2.05 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 19 K, 6 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
  • Carlos Torres, MIL: 8 Holds, 2.73 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 20 K, 11 BB, 1 SV, 2 W

Keep an eye on…

Brad Hand, RP, San Diego Padres


On Wednesday, Brad Hand recorded his first save of the season. Lefties usually don’t stick as closers, and this will look to be no different. Hand is reportedly being shopped and could be traded in the coming weeks. Until then, he may get the bulk of saves chances. This season, Hand has a 1.73 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 35 strikeouts and 10 walks. Even if Hand is traded, he should go to a contender and be able to be useful in holds leagues.

Update: Hand came in and got his second save in as many days on May 25. While manager Andy Green will not name Hand the closer, a shift is certainly happening in the ninth inning.


So there are your Week 9 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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