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With Hector Neris being demoted to AAA after yet another meltdown Sunday, it appears we are moving closer to a Seranthony Dominguez led Phillies bullpen. We will probably see some ridiculous timeshare at first, with the likes of Luis Garcia, Adam Morgan, Tommy Hunter, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos seeing some 9th inning work but this should end up being Seranthony’s job sooner rather than later. Last night we saw Ramos work the 8th and Arano the 9th with Dominguez resting after throwing over 50 pitches this weekend. That seems like a good sign as Kapler may be looking to get Ramos settled into the 8th inning going forward. If it was for certain Seranthony were to see close to if not all of the save chances, I would bump him to 5th on this list. An 11.39 K% with a 1.27 BB% (27/3 K/BB) to go with a 19% SwStr rate mixed in with a cool 1.26 FIP and 1.91 SIERA is something special, even if it’s only been 21.1 innings.
- In other committee news, the Astros and Mets situations are likely to be extremely frustrating all season long. I think we are going to see a true two committee in both spots for the time being, but there should still be some value to owning Ken Giles, Hector Rondon, Jeurys Familia and Robert Gsellman. Just prepare to be annoyed when one of them is working the 8th instead of the 9th. I don’t particularly want anything to do with the situations in Toronto, Tampa Bay or Kansas City right now, but if I had to choose one reliever from the group it’d still be Ryan Tepera. I’m starting to think Hunter Strickland’s time as closer is coming to an end soon, after posting a 5+ xFIP and SIERA over the past month, which ranks him second to last on the list. He’s also just not missing bats anymore (10.1 SwStr% over the last month is 5th worst, while a 1.33 K/BB% is 3rd worst). These numbers don’t even take into account last nights debacle so now would be the time to sell Strickland and buy Melancon if you still can.
- No closer injuries to report on this week, although Andrew Miller seems close to a return from a knee injury. While not injured, we did get some more information regarding Roberto Osuna and his legal case, as his next scheduled hearing is July 9th. At that time, we may finally get an idea of what the rest of his season will look like.
- Aroldis Chapman, Arodys Vizcaino, and Shane Greene led the week with 4 saves. Greene’s low ranking on the list has nothing to do with performance and everything to do with the fact he will be traded into a setup role at some point this season. It’s the perfect time for the Tigers to sell high on him and Joe Jimenez has proven he’s ready to take over the closer’s role.