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August 15, 2013

Bullpen Report

Mo Moves Down

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

Melancon has mostly picked up where the injured Jason Grilli left off. He hadn’t allowed a run in eight appearances before last night’s unearned run. While the strikeout rate isn’t dominant, everything else is.

Reed blows a save, and I either move him down or leave him here and get clobbered for leaving a pitcher with so many blown saves in the top tier. Reed’s strong peripherals keep moving him back into the top tier. Neither Nate Jones nor Matt Lindstrom should be viewed as a threat right now, though if the team were going to make a change, I’d prefer Jones.

Chapman’s last two weeks are an example of why I loathe moving pitchers like him out of the top tier. Chapman has struck out over 20 batters per nine innings in the last two weeks. Small-sample-size caveats with relievers are always significant, but Chapman’s dominance makes him nearly impossible to keep out of the upper echelon.

Tier 2 – Solid and Reliable

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