While Craig Kimbrel’s May left a lot to be desired (6.30 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) and there was some talk of him potentially losing his job, I think it’s safe to say he won’t be losing his job outright barring an injury or catastrophic string of outings. Daniel Hudson has been phenomenal for this Dodgers team, but with Blake Treinen out I’m sure they’d prefer him working in big spots prior to the ninth. Kimbrel is still missing bats at an elite rate (36.7%) and I still wouldn’t be too concerned with how his May ended.
- Andrew Kittredge has returned to the Tampa Bay pen and should move back into high leverage work rather quickly. Colin Poche will still be in the mix for saves as the left-handed option, but Kittredge, assuming he stays healthy, should be the favorite to lead the team in saves the rest of the way.
- The Marlins are still searching for their closer, with Tanner Scott picking up the only save for the team this past week. Cole Sulser seems to have blown his chances and Dylan Floro just finally picked up his second strikeout of the season in his last outing, his tenth appearance this season. If Anthony Bender is able to return by the end of the month, perhaps he will get this job back.
- The Red Sox closer situation is still up in the air but there are only two relievers to trust here at the moment. John Schreiber is the best right-handed option the team has while Jake Diekman has been steady as the team’s top lefty. The best option likely remains outside of the current roster, and I wonder if the team would consider promoting Brayan Bello and either make him the closer or move Garrett Whitlock into the role.
- Tony Santillan picked up the Reds’ last save but he definitely isn’t sturdy enough to take the role and run with it, leaving the door open to perhaps Lucas Sims who might return before the All-Star break. For the most part, it’s a situation to forget about unless they ever decide to give their best reliever, Alexis Díaz, a chance at the job.
|1.||Giovanny Gallegos||STL||not dropping him yet despite recent usage|
|2.||Emilio Pagán||MIN||Similar situation to STL where both closers have value|
|3.||Josh Staumont||KC||still confusing timeshare in KC|
|4.||Alexis Díaz||CIN||Would love to see him get a chance in the role|
|5.||Ken Giles||SEA||started his rehab this past weekend…|
|6.||Colin Poche||TB||Kittredge is back but Poche is likely option 1B for the Rays|
|7.||Aroldis Chapman||NYY||worth holding if you have an IL spot, if not, drop|
|8.||Jake Diekman||BOS||he and Schreiber are only reliable options in Sox bullpen|
|9.||Seranthony Dominguez||PHI||trust him more than Hand or Knebel right now|
|10.||Daniel Hudson||LAD||could factor in more given Kimbrels struggles|
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