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Posted on: May 9, 2009 10:31 pm

Bull Pen Briefs

It's only been four days since the last entry so not much has changed atop the leader boards,  but there have been a few notes of interest.

The Seattle Mariners have activated young closer Brandon Morrow from the DL. This is a situation to keep to an eye on. Morrow, definately has the stuff, and was a starter but his usage will be closely monitored do his bicep tendinitis. There were concerns about his health even during spring training. I'd recommend that those in deep leagues and AL only leagues continue to handcuff Morrow with David Aardsma.

The Washington Nationals bullpen recieved some "relief" when they activated Joe Beimel from the DL. He's likely to get a couple opportunities to close games, but money is still in the Joel Hanrahan hat.

Top Ten Saves Leaders-

1- Francisco Cordero- 9sv, 14k, 2.08era, 1.31whip
2- Frank Francisco- 9sv, 13k, 0.00era, 0.75whip
3- Ryan Franklin- 9sv, 11k, 0.00era, 0.45whip
4- Francisco Rodriguez- 9sv, 16k, 1.32era, 1.02whip
5- Heath Bell-  8sv, 14k, 0.00era, 0.60whip
6- Jonathan Broxton- 8sv, 25k , 0.64era, 0.43whip
7- Brian Fuentes- 8sv, 15k, 5.91era, 1.59whip
8- Jonathan Papelbon- 7sv, 15k, 1.38era ,1.38whip
9- Chad Qualls- 7sv, 15k, 2.45era, 1.18whip
10- Joakim Soria- 7sv, 10k, 2.08era, 1.38whip

Surprise Saves of the Week-

1- Aaron Laffey- 2-0, 1sv, 3.60era, 1.52whip / Jensen Lewis- 2-3, 2sv, 5.521era, 1.64whip
It seems odd that on May 4th and May 6th, the Cleveland Indians decided to give save opportunities to pitchers other then their biggest free agent acqusition Kerry Wood. Well Wood did pitch on the 6th, giving up two runs and blowing the save opportunity. There isn't much reason for concern, but as we all know Wood has an extensive injury history. Keep an eye on this situation. For my money, Lewis would be the front runner.

Guys to Watch-

1-Andrew Bailey- 3-0, 1sv, 24k, 1.27era, 0.61whip- Maybe this is the guy that should be closing out games for the Oakland Athletics he's got the "stuff" to be the guy. But for now he's stuck in the set up role. Though you can't argue with those strike out numbers in any role.

Posted on: May 5, 2009 5:14 pm

Bull Pen Briefs

This is a special edition of the Bull Pen Briefs as it's late. Yeah I was supposed to post it Friday, but those plans didn't materialize. Instead I spent time with the girlfriend. I suppose I could have posted it on Saturday. But I was busy at the Blue Jays-Orioles game. Can you believe she got me tickets to the game. Amazing I know.

As for the game itself, the Blue Jays emerged victorious in 11 innings, but a few things were brought to my attention.
1- Adam Jones is a complete monster. No longer a third outfielder, moving nearer to the Nick Markakis tier with each passing day.
2- Aaron Hill is money. 20hr is so easily there.
3- Jason Frasor gets you a win in an inning of work. He will win 10 games this year.
4- Dany Baez is the best reliever the Orioles.

Of course since my last post a few things have changed, Joel Hanrahan lost his job in Washington. I'm not too overly concerned he's the only one on that club with the stuff to be a closer, he'll wind up back there soon enough. That is if Joe Beimel doesn't pitch as well as he did last season, and before his DL stint.
Brandon Morrow has found his way to the DL. Not surprising. Making David Aardsma the closer by default, and giving him instantly more value then premier set up man Carlos Marmol. I wouldn't be shocked if Morrow is on and off the DL this season. Something just isn't right in that shoulder.

So here's your quick run down.

Top Ten Saves Leaders-

1- Heath Bell- 8sv, 9k, 0.00era, 0.69whip
2- Frank Francisco- 8sv, 10k, 0.00era, 0.62whip
3- Jonathan Broxton- 7sv, 23k, .69era, 0.42whip
4- Francisco Cordero- 7sv, 11k, 2.70era, 1.40whip
5- Ryan Franklin- 7sv, 10k, 0.00era, 0.53whip
6- Jonathan Papelbon- 7sv, 13k, 1.50era, 1.42whip
7- Brian Fuentes- 6sv, 13k, 7.00era, 1.89whip
8- Bobby Jenks- 6sv, 8k, 2.00era, 1.11whip
9- Chad Qualls- 6sv, 14k, 1.80era, 1.00whip
10- Fernando ROdney- 6sv, 7k, 4.50era, 1.10whip

Surprise Save of the Week-

1- Micheal Wuertz- 1-1, 1sv, 13k, 1.98era, 0.88whip-  Hold your horses. Wuertz only got the save chance because current closer Brad Zeigler was sick. Of course that doesn't mean that he doesn't have any fantasy value. Those ratios are good, and the strike outs are nice too. If you're looking for a guy to help out the era and whip, (K/9) if you've got it. Then Wuertz is a player you should target.

Guys to Watch-

1- Huston Street-  0-1, 3sv, 12k, 5.56era, 1.32whip- Well it looks like Manny Corpas has lost the job...again. Street is back in the role after picking up two saves within the last week. So if you're struggling, then Huston may be right up your alley. Come I couldn't seriously put street again could I?

2- Jose Arredondo- 1-0, 18k, 5.68era, 1.42whip- Considering how poorly he's pitched, you may think I'd give up on him. Not likely. 18/3 K/BB ratio, no home runs surrendered, and a crazy .469 Babip. The kid is far to good to end up with numbers any where near these. He'll finish the year with the Scarlet C. It' s only a matter of time.
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