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MLB Bullpen Report: 05/05/12

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By Matthew Beck

American League

Baltimore Orioles
(CL)
Jim Johnson (R)– Recorded his eighth save of the season on Friday night after pitching yet another scoreless inning of relief. Johnson has yet to give up a run this season and has been one of the most effective closers in the American League thus far in 2012. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Pedro Strop (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Friday giving up just one hit and one walk in the outing. Strop has been just as consistent as his other teammates coming out the bullpen and has been a pleasant surprise for those in holds leagues. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Matt Lindstrom (R)–Pitched a scoreless sixth inning on Friday night retiring all three batters he faced in order. Lindstrom has been great this season and has yet to give up an earned-run through 10.2 innings pitched. (05/05/12)

Boston Red Sox
(CL) Alfredo Aceves (R)–Pitched 2.2 innings of relief on Friday night giving up two hits while striking out six batters. He threw 38 pitches in the appearance and will likely be given the day off on Saturday. (05/05/12) (SU) Franklin Morales (L)–Took the loss on Friday after giving up two runs on two hits and one walk in 0.2 innings of relief. He needed 24 pitches to get just two outs and raised his earned-run average to 6.00 in the appearance. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Matt Albers (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Friday night giving up zero hits and just one walk in the appearance. Albers needed 27 pitches to get through the two innings of work and may be given the day off because of the pitch total. (05/05/12)
Injured–
Andrew Bailey (60-Day DL), Bobby Jenks (60-Day DL)

Chicago White Sox
(CL)
Chris Sale (L)–Sale will be moved into the closer role starting Monday after starting the season in the White Sox starting rotation. He is currently nursing a tender elbow, which is one of the main reasons why he was moved into the role. (05/05/12)
(CL)
Hector Santiago (L)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit and two walks while striking out two batters. This was his first appearance since blowing a save on April 25, and it wasn’t a good one. At least he didn’t give up any runs, but he still got into trouble allowing three base runners. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Matt Thornton (L)– Thornton was charged with the loss and blown-save on Friday night after giving up two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of relief. He was only used in the closer role due to Chris Sale being unavailable, so don’t expect save chances after this weekend. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Addison Reed (R)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Wednesday night giving up one hit on just six pitches thrown. He was used in a situational matchup, which is why he only faced two batters. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Jesse Crain (15-Day DL)

Cleveland Indians
(CL)
Chris Perez (R)–Recorded his 10th save of the season on Friday night after pitching yet another 1-2-3 ninth inning. He has now pitched three consecutive days and will likely be given the day off on Saturday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Vinnie Pestano (R)–Picked up his seventh hold of the season on Friday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit while striking out one batter. With this outing, Pestano lowers his earned-run average to 2.31 on the season. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Tony Sipp (L)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Thursday after forcing the only batter he faced to fly out. Sipp has been used in a lot of situations like this one, so it is very surprising that he has six holds already this season. (05/04/12)

Detroit Tigers
(CL)
Jose Valverde (R)– Picked up the win on Friday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one hit while striking out one batter in the outing, needing 17 pitches to get through the appearance. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Joaquin Benoit (R)– Benoit took the loss on Wednesday after giving up one run on two hits in the ninth inning. He has now given up a run in each of his last two appearances and raised his earned-run average to 4.35 on the season. (05/03/12) (
MR)
Octavio Dotel (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Friday night giving up two runs on two hits, which were the first earned-runs of the season that Dotel has given up. This was clearly a bad outing by Dotel, but he has proven enough times that he will be able to bounce back from this. (05/05/12)

Kansas City Royals (
CL)
Jonathan Broxton (R)–Recorded his fifth save of the season on Thursday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one hit and one walk in the outing, but was able to get out of the jam by forcing three ground ball outs. (05/04/12)
(SU)
Aaron Crow (R)–Picked up his fifth hold of the season on Thursday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up two hits in the out, but was able to get the job done without any damage. (05/04/12) (MR) Tim Collins (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Friday night giving up one hit while striking out one batter. He threw just eight pitches in the appearance and has pitched just one inning of relief since Tuesday. (05/05/12)
Injured–
Joakim Soria (out for season), Greg Holland (15-Day DL)

Los Angeles Angels
(CL) Scott Downs (L)– Recorded his second save of the season on Monday night after being used to get the final four outs of the game. He entered in the eighth inning in a jam, but was able to work out of it and then breeze through the ninth inning. (05/01/12)
(SU)
Jordan Walden (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Thursday night giving up two hits while striking out two batters in the appearance. This was his first outing since being removed from the closer role and continued to allow base runners, which was the main reason he demoted. (05/04/12)
(MR)
LaTroy Hawkins (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Monday night after pitching just 0.1 innings of relief. He gave up two hits which scored one run, but they were charged to start C.J. Wilson. (05/01/12)

Minnesota Twins
(CL)
Matt Capps (R)– Recorded his fifth save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out two batters in the outing. Capps needed just nine pitches to get through the appearance throwing seven pitches for strikes. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Glen Perkins (L)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Friday after retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth inning in order. He struck out two batters in the appearance needing 14 pitches to get through the appearance. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Brian Duensing (L)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He needed only seven pitches to get through the appearance striking out one batter in his efforts. (05/05/12)

New York Yankees
(CL)
David Robertson (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation striking out the side and now has eight strikeouts in his last three innings of relief. Robertson will likely be sharing the closer role with Rafael Soriano for the time-being, but Robertson could separate himself early on. (05/05/12)
(CL)
Rafael Soriano (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Thursday night giving up one hit in the outing. With the recent injury to Mariano Rivera, it appears that Soriano will get a chance to close in certain situations, which gives him fantasy value outside of holds leagues. (05/04/12)
(MR)
Boone Logan (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Thursday night retiring all three batters he faced in order. He threw just 15 pitches in the appearance and lowered his earned-run average to 0.87 on the season. (05/04/12)
Injured–
Mariano Rivera (Out for the season)

Oakland Athletics
(CL) Grant Balfour (R)–Balfour had yet another rough outing on Tuesday night giving up two runs on three hits and one walk recording only one out in the ninth inning. He was pulled before actually blowing the game, and has now given up five runs in his last two outing combined, which puts him on the hot-seat. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Ryan Cook(R)–Picked up his seventh hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching 1.1 innings of relief giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Cook has yet to give up an earned-run this season and has recorded 11 strikeouts in his last five innings of relief. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Brian Fuentes (L)–Recorded his first save of the season on Wednesday night despite giving up one run on two hits in the ninth inning. This was just a spot-save for Fuentes and this should not be expected to become a regular occurrence. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Joey Devine (15-Day DL)

Seattle Mariners
(CL)
Brandon League (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation giving up one walk while striking out one batter. This was League’s first appearance since giving up two runs on Monday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Tom Wilhelmsen (R)– Took the loss on Friday after giving up two runs on two walks in the seventh inning. The runs he allowed were not earned, but he was still charged with the loss since he allowed the game-winning runs to cross home plate. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Lucas Luetge (L)–Pitched 1.2 innings of relief on Thursday giving up one walk while striking out two batters. Luetge has yet to give up a run this season and has become a nice surprise for the Mariners out of the bullpen. (05/04/12)
Injured–
George Sherrill (15-Day DL)

Tampa Bay Rays
(CL)
Fernando Rodney (R)–Recorded his ninth save of the season on Thursday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. With this outing Rodney has lowered his earned-run average to 0.73 on the season. (05/04/12)
(SU)
Joel Peralta (R)–Recorded his second save of the season on Friday night after throwing just three pitches forcing a ground ball out. He was only used because teammate Brandon Gomes made it a save situation after a rough outing, so don’t look too much into this appearance. (05/05/12)
(MR)
J.P. Howell (L)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless seventh inning. He gave up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter in the appearance, lowering his earn-run average to 2.08 on the season. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Kyle Farnsworth (15-Day DL)

Texas Rangers
(CL) Joe Nathan (R)–Recorded his sixth save of the season on Monday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while lowering his earned-run average to 3.38 on the season. (05/01/12)
(SU)
Mike Adams (R)– Adams took the loss on Tuesday night after giving up a walk-off home run to Brett Lawrie after failing to record an out in the ninth inning. He has now given up two runs in his last three relief appearances combined. (05/02/12)
(MR)
Alexi Ogando (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Tuesday giving up one hit while striking out one batter. With this appearance, Ogando lowered his earned-run average to 0.71 on the season. (05/02/12) Injured–Yoshinori Tateyama (15-Day DL)

Toronto Blue Jays
(CL) Francisco Cordero (R)–Picked up the win on Tuesday night despite blowing his second save of the season after giving up one run on three hits in the ninth inning. He has been shaky in the closer role in the absence of Sergio Santos, so don’t expect Cordero to get any chances once he is back from injury. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Casey Janssen (R)– Picked up his first hold of the season on Sunday afternoon after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He needed just nine pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs. (4/30/12)
(MR)
Darren Oliver (L)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Tuesday night after forcing the only batter he faced to fly out in the eighth inning. Oliver has been used sparingly this season, but has had plenty of hold opportunities, making him a solid add in holds leagues. (05/02/12)
Injured–
Sergio Santos (15-Day DL)

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks
(CL)
J.J. Putz (R)– Recorded his sixth save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance and was able to bounce back from a horrible outing on Wednesday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
David Hernandez (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Friday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. He needed 27 pitches to get through the appearance, but at least he was able to get out of the jam. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Brad Ziegler (R)–Picked up the win on Friday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning and needed to throw just six pitches to get the job done. Ziegler has been very effective early on in the season and has been a ground ball machine. (05/05/12)
Injured–
Takashi Saito (15-Day DL)

Atlanta Braves
(CL) Craig Kimbrel (R)–Recorded his ninth save of the season on Friday night despite giving up one run on one hit and one walk in the 11th inning. This is his third straight appearance in which he gave up an earned-run, which is something he never did in 2011. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Jonny Venters (L)– Pitched a scoreless 10th inning on Wednesday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He recorded two strikeouts in the appearance looked much sharper than the night prior. (05/03/12) (MR) Eric O’Flaherty (L)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Friday night giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters in the appearance. He threw 21 pitches in the outing forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to go with his two strikeouts. (05/05/12)

Chicago Cubs
(CL)–
Rafael Dolis (R)–Recorded his second save of the season on Friday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He will be sharing the closer duties with James Russell for the time-being, but has the ability to be the team’s full time closer, so invest in him if you can. (05/05/12)
(CL)
James Russell (L)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Friday afternoon despite giving up one run on two hits in 0.2 innings of relief. The Cubs announced prior to the game that Russell and Rafael Dolis will split the closer duties based on matchups, so at this point he has fantasy value outside of holds leagues. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Kerry Wood (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Friday despite giving up two runs on one hit and one walk in the eighth inning. This was Wood’s first outing since returning from the disabled list and he didn’t look any better than he did prior to his injury. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Carlos Marmol (R)–Marmol was informed on Friday that he will no longer be the team’s closer according to league sources.  The Cubs are choosing to go with a closer by committee approach splitting the ninth inning duties between Rafael Dolis and James Russell. (05/05/12)

Cincinnati Reds
(CL) Sean Marshall (L)–Marshall pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday in a non-save situation giving up one hit in the appearance. He needed 20 pitches to get through the outing forcing three fly ball outs. (05/04/12)
(SU)
Aroldis Chapman (L)–Pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning on Thursday striking out two batters along the way. Chapman has yet to give up a run this season and now has 23 strikeouts and three holds. (05/04/12)
(MR)
Jose Arrenondo (R)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Thursday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed only 10 pitches to get through the appearance, forcing three fly ball outs. (05/04/12) Injured–Ryan Madson (out for season), Nick Masset (15-Day DL), Bill Bray (15-Day DL)

Colorado Rockies
(CL)
Rafael Betancourt (R)– Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit in the outing. He threw just six pitches in the appearance and bounced back nicely form a rough outing on Wednesday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Matt Belisle (R)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Friday giving up two hits while striking out one batter in the appearance. Belisle had a solid outing, but had given up three runs in his last 4.1 innings of relief. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Rex Brothers (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Friday night giving up two hits while striking out one batter in the outing. This was a nice showing from Brothers, who failed to record an out in his last appearance. (05/05/12)

Houston Astros
(CL
)Brett Myers (R)– Recorded his seventh save of the season on Friday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit while striking out one batter. Myers has been excellent through the early part of the season and is currently sporting a 1.04 earned-run average. (05/05/12) (
SU)
Brandon Lyon (R)–Lyon struck out the only batter he faced on Monday in the eighth inning on seven pitches. He hasn’t been excellent this season, but he has now racked up four strikeouts in his last 2.1 innings of relief. (05/01/12)
(MR)
Wilton Lopez (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Friday night after retiring all three batters he faced in the seventh inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance and needed just nine pitches to get the job done. (05/05/12)

Los Angeles Dodgers 
(CL)
Javy Guerra (R)–Recorded his eighth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit while striking out two batters. There was a lot of speculation floating around the Dodgers closer role so this outing should put a stop to that, but the leash is short at this point. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Kenley Jansen (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Tuesday despite giving up one run on two hits in the eighth inning. Jansen was used in the eighth inning With Javy Guerra sued in the ninth inning, so it appears the Dodgers are going to still with the current setup for the time-being. (05/02/12)
(MR)
Josh Lindblom (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Friday afternoon giving up one walk while striking out two batters. Lindblom had a rough outing in his last appearance so it was nice to see him turn in around. (05/05/12)
Injured–
Matt Guerrier (15-Day DL)

Miami Marlins
(CL)
Heath Bell (R)– Bell was charged with his fourth  blown-save of the season on Friday night after giving up one run on two hits and two walks in the ninth inning.  That is now back-to-back blown saves by Bell, who’s save chances may be numbered (05/05/12)
(SU)
Edward Mujica (R)– Recorded his first save of the season on Thursday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. It is unclear if he will get more save chances down the road, but if Heath Bell continues to struggle, expect to see Mujica and Steve Cishek split the save chances. (05/04/12)
(MR)
Steve Cishek (R)–Picked up the win on Friday night to improve to 4-0 on the season after pitching the final three innings of the game. He gave up one hit and two walks while striking out three batters and will likely get the day off on Saturday after throwing 52 pitches. (05/05/12)

Milwaukee Brewers
(CL)
John Axford (R)–Recorded his sixth save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out two batters in the appearance. He needing only 12 pitches to get the job done, lowering his earned-run average to 4.15 on the season. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Francisco Rodriguez (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Friday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning He gave up one hit while striking out one batter in the appearance needing only 10 pitches to make it through the outing. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Kameron Loe (R)– Picked up the win on Friday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief giving up one hit in the outing. Loe has three straight scoreless appearances after Friday dating back to last Sunday. (05/05/12)

New York Mets
(CL) Frank Francisco (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday in a blowout loss to the Astros. He gave up two hits while striking out one batter in the appearance on 15 pitches thrown. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Jon Rauch (R)–Took the loss on Friday night after giving up one run on three hits in the eighth inning. Rauch falls to 3-1 on the season and has been struggling as of late after a great start to the season. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Ramon Ramirez (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday in a non-save situation giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. Ramirez has now pitched three consecutive scoreless relief appearances, which doesn’t seem like much, but after his rough start it’s a good accomplishment. (05/05/12)

Philadelphia Phillies
(CL)
Jonathan Papelbon (R)–Recorded his ninth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He needed only 10 pitches to get through the appearance and recorded one strikeout in his efforts. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Chad Qualls (R)–Was charged with a blown-save on Friday night after giving up one run on two hits and two walks in one inning of relief. He threw 16 pitches in the outing and raised his earned-run average to 3.48 on the season. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Antonio Bastardo (L)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Friday night after pitching a perfect inning of relief. He threw just 11 pitches in the appearance and recorded one strikeout. (05/05/12)
Injured–
David Herndon (15-Day DL)

Pittsburgh Pirates
(CL)
Joel Hanrahan (R)–Was used in a non-save situation on Thursday giving up one run on one hit and two walks. He threw 30 pitches in the appearance and struck out two batters to bring his total to 12 strikeouts on the season. (05/04/12) (
SU)
Juan Cruz (R)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Thursday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He did allow three base runners, but was able to get out of the jam to continue his scoreless innings streak. (05/04/12)
(MR)
Chris Resop (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Friday night giving up one run on three walks and three hits while striking out one batter. After a shaky start to the season, Resop has seemed to settle down, lowering his earned-run average to 2.84 on the season. (05/05/12)
Injured–
Chris Leroux (60-Day DL)

San Diego Padres
(CL)
Huston Street (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief o Friday night giving up one walk while striking out one batter. He needed 15 pitches to get two outs in the appearance and lowered his earned-run average to 0.93 in his efforts. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Andrew Cashner (R)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Friday night giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. He was sued to finish off the seventh inning after Luke Gregerson failed to get the job done. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Luke Gregerson (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Friday surrendering two runs on one hit and one walk. He threw 13 pitches in the outing and raised his earned-run average to 3.00 on the season. (05/05/12)

San Francisco Giants
(CL)
Santiago Casilla (R)–Took the loss on Wednesday night after giving up one run on one hit in the 10th inning. He gave up the game-winning home run to Giancarlo Stanton with one out in the inning, and the Giants failed to match it. (05/03/12)
(SU) Sergio Romo (R)– Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Friday night giving up one hit in the outing. Romo has yet to give up a run this season and has been a solid addition in holds leagues thus far in 2012. (05/05.12) (MR) Javier Lopez (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Thursday giving up one hit while striking out one batter in the appearance. With this outing, Lopez lowered his earned-run average to 2.08 on the season. (05/04/12)
Injured–
Brian Wilson (out for season), Jeremy Affeldt (15-Day DL)

St. Louis Cardinals
(CL) Jason Motte (R)–Recorded his fourth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one hit and struck out two batters in the appearance on 11 pitches thrown. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Kyle McClellan (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Thursday giving up one run on two hits while striking out one batter. This was the second consecutive day he was used out of the bullpen so expect him to get a day off on Friday. (05/04/12)
(MR)
Fernando Salas (R)– Pitched 1.2 innings of relief on Friday night giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. This was a much better showing from Salas compared to his previous outing, so that is a plus. (05/05/12)

Washington Nationals
(CL)
Henry Rodriguez (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation giving up one walk while striking out two batters. Rodriguez has now pitched three consecutive days and will likely get a day off on Saturday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Tyler Clippard (R)–Pitched a scoreless 10th inning on Friday night retiring all three batters he faced in order. He recorded two strikeouts in the appearance and now has four strikeouts in his last three innings of relief. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Sean Burnett (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Friday night giving up two walks in the outing. Despite his lack of control at times, Burnett has yet to give up an earned run this season. (4/28/12)
Injured–
Drew Storen (15-Day DL), Brad Lidge (15-Day DL)

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Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at matthewbeck@rotoinfo.com.  Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information. 

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