2015 Breakdowns: Relievers

2015 Breakdowns: Relievers
Matthew Pouliot looks at all of the jumbled closing situations and recommends handcuff options in the Strike Zone.
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Rafael Montero blanked the Marlins for six innings, striking out six, in a win Monday.

No wonder the Mets are thinking about trading Dillon Gee. Montero probably won't be in the rotation if Gee sticks around, but he is the more interesting of the two in NL-only leagues. If Gee does get traded, Montero might even be a mixed-league sleeper.
Mar 30 - 4:17 PM

Anthony Rendon saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on his left knee.

Rendon suffered what was termed as a minor MCL sprain in his knee on March 9, but he continues to feel discomfort and went to Andrews to get some answers. The Nationals are still waiting on his diagnosis, but obviously they need to prepare themselves for the possibility that they will be without him for the early part of the season.
Mar 30 - 4:15 PM

Jenrry Mejia gave up a run and two walks in the ninth Monday against the Marlins.

Mejia is getting worse as the spring goes along; he started off with one run allowed and no walks in six innings, but he's given up four runs and four walks in his last two appearances. If his struggles continue into the regular season, he'll leave the door wide open for Bobby Parnell to reclaim closing duties.
Mar 30 - 4:15 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Monday that prospect catcher Blake Swihart will begin the season with Triple-A Pawtucket.

In the wake of Christian Vazquez's elbow injury, some speculated that Swihart could be carried on the Opening Day roster, but he has limited experience above Double-A and figures to get at least a little more time in the minors before the Red Sox consider a call-up. Ryan Hanigan should begin the season as the primary catcher while the newly-acquired Sandy Leon and non-roster invitee Humberto Quintero are in the mix for the backup job. However, there's no question that Swihart could arrive sooner than originally anticipated.
Mar 30 - 4:12 PM

Dan Haren was tagged for seven runs in 5 1/3 innings by the Mets on Monday.

This is more like it from Haren; he has a history of lousy springs, but he actually entered today with a 1.93 ERA in four starts. He was effective for five innings in this one, but the Mets jumped all over him in the sixth, scoring five runs in the frame.
Mar 30 - 4:09 PM

Adeiny Hechavarria went 0-for-2 on Monday, leaving him with a .175/.195/.200 line in 40 at-bats.

Well, Hechavarria isn't in there for his bat. The Marlins should be hoping he duplicates last year's .276/.308/.356 line, rather than reverts to 2013 form (.227/.267/.298). Even though he's still young -- he turns 26 next month -- we don't think improvement is very likely.
Mar 30 - 4:08 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday that he doesn't expect Koji Uehara (hamstring) to be ready for Opening Day.

It's not a big surprise at this point. Uehara suffered a left hamstring strain about two weeks ago and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, but there's simply not enough time to get him ready for Opening Day. However, he should join Boston's bullpen relatively quickly if he can avoid setbacks. Edward Mujica will be the favorite for saves during his absence, but Farrell could also play the matchups.
Mar 30 - 4:04 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that he expects Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin to make the Opening Day roster.

The Mets acquired Jerry Blevins and Alex Torres on Monday, so if they decide to keep Gilmartin, that means they will carry three left-handers in their bullpen. Gilmartin would have to go back to the Twins if he doesn't make the team. The 24-year-old has a 5.19 ERA with an 11/5 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 30 - 4:03 PM
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