Much like an actual brasier, that’s used to store live coals, relievers get hot at certain times of the season. Perhaps we’re about to embark on just such a hot streak for some guys. Maybe one is actually named Brasier. Let’s take a look at the bullpen news of the week:
- A fresh Ryan Brasier looked sharp earning a save in his return from the bereavement list. Could this be a sign of things to come? The Red Sox would love it if he could do the job they ticketed him for this season.
- The Reds desire to use Rasiel Iglesias in other innings has popped back up. David Bell called on Iglesias in the eighth two straight days, giving Michael Lorenzon back to back saves. You haven’t been thrilled with the production from Iglesias this season so here’s some poop icing on your crap cake.
- Ken Giles doesn’t expect to miss more than the minimum ten days on the IL. It is elbow soreness, however. More often than not that doesn’t just go away and is indicative of worse things to come. I’d hold the backups in Daniel Hudson or Joe Biagini if your spent FAAB on them. For a week or so, just in case.
- Craig Kimbrel is making rehab appearances in Iowa. He’ll be in Chicago sooner than later it seems should all go smoothly.
- Wade Davis has had an eventful return from the IL. He blew a save early in the week and had a bumpy conversion Wednesday night with a solo homer and base runner stranded on second. We’ve been through this with him before. Part of owning Davis is taking some midseason lumps. I’m holding Scott Oberg in the event another IL stint is needed.
- Roberto Osuna blew a save Wednesday, as well. He’s not unaccustomed to the occasional hiccup. This isn’t a thing unless more blow-ups happen close together.
No other baseball movie paints as full a picture as Bull Durham. The creators got everything right about the world of minor league baseball. Plus peak Susan Sarandon.
- Edwin Diaz (Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman)
- Kirby Yates (Craig Stammen, Trey Wingenter)
- Felipe Vazquez (Kyle Crick)
- Kenley Jansen (Pedro Baez)
- Aroldis Chapman (Adam Ottavino, Zach Britton)
- Blake Treinen (Lou Trivino)
- Brad Hand (Nick Wittgren, Adam Cimber)
- Josh Hader (Junior Guerra, Jeremy Jeffress)
- Roberto Osuna (Ryan Pressly, Hector Rondon)
- Craig Kimbrel (Steve Cishek Pedro Strop)
A very dependable film. It takes you back to childhood and puts you out there with Small and Benny and Squints and Ham. You’re happy to turn it on any time.
- Sean Doolittle (Wander Suero, Tanner Rainey)
- Will Smith (Tony Watson, Sam Dyson)
- Shane Greene (Joe Jimenez)
- Jose Alvarado / Diego Castillo / Emilio Pagan
- Jordan Hicks (Carlos Martinez, Andrew Miller)
- Alex Colome (Kelvin Herrera)
- Hector Neris (Jose Alvarez, IL: David Robertson)
- Blake Parker / Taylor Rogers
- Greg Holland (Archie Bradley, Yoshihisa Hirano)
Despite being a personal favorite, it does lack substance. Plus the lead character is Ricky Vaugh, who has no control. Sometimes that’s good. Other times…
- Wade Davis (Scott Oberg)
- Luke Jackson (A.J. Minter, Anthony Swarzak)
- Shawn Kelley (Chris Martin, Jose Leclerc)
- Hansel Robles / Ty Buttrey (Cam Bedrosian)
- Raisel Iglesias (Michael Lorenzon, David Hernandez)
Trouble With The Curve
You can totally judge pitching by just sound. That’s a real thing. Also, prospects entire careers are decided in one impromptu batting practice all the time.
- Matt Barnes / Brandon Workman / Ryan Brasier
- Sergio Romo (Adam Conley, Nick Anderson)
- Mychal Givens / Miguel Castro / Richard Bleier
- Ian Kennedy (Jake Diekman, Wily Peralta)
- Joe Biagini / Daniel Hudson (IL: Ken Giles)
- Anthony Bass / Roenis Elias (IL: Hunter Strickland)