Found June 28, 2013 on 643ball:
James_in_to Joaquin Benoit is officially welcomed into the closer world and Steve Cishek pulls away from the nasty bullpen committee to get his job back. Jason Grilli has been a little shaky and Papelbon has been just plain terrible. Biggest movers... Joaquin Benoit and Steve Cishek move up 5 spots each to #23 and #25 Jonathan Papelbon moves down 3 spots to #13 1. Mariano Rivera  2. Jason Grilli - He's been a little shaky in his last 3 innings of work, giving up 6 hits and 4 ERs. 3. Aroldis Chapman - He blew his 3rd save of the season on Saturday, giving up 2 ERs on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He was very wild in this appearance, but he was still throwing his triple digit heat.4. Craig Kimbrel5. Addison Reed - Blew the save on Tuesday vs the Mets because no one could catch an infield pop-up. My little rant…I hate that pitchers don’t try to catch pop-ups, especially ones that are hit right in front of them, so stupid…rant over.6. Joe Nathan - Has converted 26 of 27 save opportunities with a 8.91 K/9 and only surrending 2 HRs in 33.1 innings.7. Edward Mujica8. Rafael Soriano9. Casey Janssen10. Sergio Romo (+1) 11. Grant Balfour (+1) - Balfour has now converted 34 saves in a row.12. Glen Perkins (+2) - Has converted 9 saves in a row since his last blown save. He also has a career high 12.56 K/9.13. Jonathan Papelbon (-3) - Since Jun 17th, Papelbon has blown 4 saves in 6 opportunities and his K/9 of 7.92 is a career low. He has a long leash in Philly, but this may affect his trade market a bit. 14. Jim Johnson (-1) - Blew the save last night against Cleveland after converting 9 in a row. His job is more than safe after surviving his disastrous May outings.15. Ernesto Frieri - With Ryan Madson in his rear view mirror, Frieri has put together a solid year. Converting 18 of 20 save opportunities and 13.10 K/9.16. Greg Holland17. Fernando Rodney - He's been much better since mid may, lowering his ERA to 4.83 and a K/9 of 12.22.18. Huston Street19. Kevin Gregg20. Kenley Jansen 21. Bobby Parnell22. Koji Uehara- Koji was picked over Tazawa and converted his first opportunity last night against Colorado.23. Joaquin Benoit (+5) - Benoit is the closer until he implodes or the Tigers trade for one. He should be very valuable if he stays in this role.24. Jose Veras (-1) 25. Steve Cishek (+5) - He's converted 9 saves in row in the month of June.26. Francisco Rodriquez/Jim Henderson (-2) - K-Rod picked up his 300th career save on Saturday and has looked a lot better than Henderson. I think K-Rod is the man until a hiccup occurs.27. Heath Bell (-2) - He has somehow given up at least 1 ER in his last 5 appearances. JJ Putz can’t get back soon enough.28. Chris Perez (-2) - Will be activated tonight and put back into the closer's role.29. Rex Brothers (-2)- Rex did a nice job in the role, but Betancourt should be activated on Friday.30. Mariners Closer by Committee (-2) Next in line...Mark Melancon- I’m not saying Grilli is losing his job any time soon, but I also don’t think his leash is as long as other top closers. Melancon has been fantastic this season with 22 holds, 2 saves, 1 blown save, a 9.63 K/9, 0.94 B/9 and 1 allowed HR.Justin De Fratus- If Papelbon is traded, I look for De Fratus to get the first crack at the closer's role in Philly. Mike Adams is done for the year and Bastardo walks too many (4.78 BB/9) and isn’t striking out as many as the past few years (8.89 K/9). De Fratus' numbers aren’t much better, but I believe Charlie Manuel has more confidence in Justin than Bastardo. Recent Post:Prospecting Week 13: OutfieldersThree Up, Three Down: Michael Cuddyer, Cole HamelsThree Up, Three Down: Jason Heyward, Leonys MartinPaul Clewell@Chuckles643   
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