2018 MLB Bullpens
|Last Update: 5/9/2018|
|Solid Option||Stable||At Risk||Upside|
|ATL||Arodys Vizcaino||A.J. Minter||Dan Winkler|
|ARI||Brad Boxberger||Archie Bradley||Yoshihisa Hirano|
|BAL||Darren O’Day||Mychal Givens||Brad Brach||Zach Britton|
|BOS||Craig Kimbrel||Joe Kelly||Matt Barnes|
|CHC||Brandon Morrow||Carl Edwards||Steve Cishek|
|CWS||Nate Jones||Joakim Soria||Luis Avilan|
|CIN||Raisel Iglesias||Amir Garrett||David Hernandez|
|CLE||Andrew Miller||Cody Allen||Tyler Olsen|
|COL||Wade Davis||Adam Ottavino||Bryan Shaw|
|DET||Shane Greene||Joe Jimenez||Daniel Stumpf|
|HOU||Ken Giles||Chris Devenski||Brad Peacock|
|KC||Kelvin Herrera||Tim Hill||Brad Keller|
|LAA||Kenyan Middleton||Blake Parker||Cam Bedrosian|
|LAD||Kenley Jansen||Josh Fields||Tony Cingrani|
|MIA||Brad Ziegler||Drew Steckenrider||Kyle Barraclough|
|MIL||Josh Hader||Corey Knebel||Jeremy Jeffress|
|MIN||Fernando Rodney||Addison Reed||Trevor Hildenberger|
|NYM||Jeurys Familia||A.J. Ramos||Seth Lugo||Anthony Swarzek|
|NYY||Aroldis Chapman||David Robertson||Dellin Betances|
|OAK||Blake Treinen||Santiago Casilla||Ryan Dull|
|PHI||Hector Neris||Seanthony Dominquez||Edubray Ramos|
|PIT||Felipe Valzquez||Michael Feliz||Richard Rodriguez|
|SD||Brad Hand||Kirby Yates||Phil Maton|
|SEA||Edwin Diaz||Juan Nicasio||James Pazos||Dan Altavilla|
|SF||Hunter Strickland||Tony Watson||Sam Dyson||Mark Melancon|
|STL||Bud Norris||Greg Holland||John Brebbia||Dominic Leone|
|TB||Alex Colome||Jose Alvarado||Jonny Venters|
|TEX||Keone Kela||Jose Leclerc||Alex Claudio|
|TOR||Seung Hwan Oh||John Axford||Tyler Clippard||Roberto Osuna|
|WAS||Sean Doolittle||Ryan Madson||Brandon Kintzler|
Corey Knebel will return from the DL on May 9th. He’ll have much more competition for saves with Josh Hader pitching at a high level. Hader allowed two runs and two baserunners over two innings with seven Ks, a win, and a save. Josh has a 1.64 ERA over 22 innings with 46 Ks and five saves. Jeremy Jeffress extended his scoreless streak to 14.2 innings with four hits and 13 Ks.
Hector Neris blew his second save in nine chances on May 6th when he allowed two runs and four baserunners while failing to record an out. Over his last nine innings, Neris has a 2.00 ERA with eight walks and 11 Ks. Tommy Hunter hasn’t been sharp over his last 4.1 innings (6.23 ERA and 1.85 WHIP). The new kid on the block on the Phillies is Seranthony Dominquez. He packs a high 90s fastball with a nice start to the 2018 season (three runs over 17.2 innings with 22 Ks and three walks) over three levels of baseball. The Phillies converted Dominquez to the bullpen this season. Edubray Ramos has a 1.42 ERA over his last 6.1 innings with eight Ks.
St. Louis Cardinals
Bud Norris is battling a right triceps issue, but he may avoid the DL. His last appearance came on May 5th. Norris has seven saves in as many chances. Over his last two games, Bud allowed two runs and four baserunners over 1.2 innings with one K. Greg Holland tossed two shutout innings over the last week with one K, but he remains empty in the save department in 2018. Jordan Hicks issued 13 walks in 17.1 innings in the majors with seven Ks. John Brebbia has been impressive in his four games in the majors (no runs over seven innings with no walks and nine Ks). Brebbia could be a dark horse for saves if Norris lands on the DL.
Tampa Bay Rays
Alex Colome picked up a pair of losses in his last four games when he allowed a run in each game. Colome looks better over his last 8.2 innings (2.08 ERA with 11 Ks) leading to two saves and two wins). Alex has six saves in eight chances. Jose Alvarado extended his scoreless run to five innings with three Ks. Jonny Venters hasn’t allowed a run over 3.1 innings with no Ks.
Despite pitching poorly over his last 6.2 innings (eight runs and 12 baserunners), Keone Kela hasn’t blown a save in seven chances on the year. Most of the damage came on May 5th when Kela allowed four runs and five baserunners over one inning with two Ks. Jose Leclerc struggled in his last three games (three runs and five baserunners over three innings with four Ks). Alex Claudio has been a disaster over his last 7.1 innings (7.36 ERA and 2.32 WHIP).
Toronto Blue Jays
Fantasy owners can’t be happy with the decision making of Roberto Osuna over the last week off the field. A domestic issue led to him being suspended indefinitely until his court case is resolved. Seung Hwan Oh should get the first chance at saves. Oh didn’t allow a run or hit over his last four innings with three Ks. He has a 0.84 ERA over his last 10.2 innings with 11 Ks. Tyler Clippard has closing experience as well. Over his last 8.2 innings, Clippard didn’t allow a run with six walks and 11 Ks. Ryan Tepera struggled over his last two games (three runs, seven baserunners, and two HRs over two innings). John Axford is a dark horse for saves after pitching well over his last 8.1 innings (no runs with seven Ks).