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July 25, 2013

Bullpen Report

On the Grilli

by Mike Gianella


Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week this factors into the ranking as well.

Tier 1 – Money in the Bank

A lot of upward movement this week. The concerns about Uehara pitching on back-to-back days when he initially inherited the closer role from injured Andrew Bailey seem silly now. He is pitching like an elite, shut-down closer and must be viewed as one unless he falters.

I keep going back and forth with Reed. He has had some bad outings that have dampened his overall numbers but has been very solid more often than not. The rating reflects his job security and his overall ability to save games more than his ERA/WHIP.

Tier 2 – Solid and Reliable

Brothers fills in for Rafael Betancourt for the second time this year, this time due to Betancourt’s appendectomy. Some have concerns about Brothers’ skills, but he has been fine in the role even if he hasn’t been dominant. He is the man for now.

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