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- With Cody Allen’s ERA still in the 4.50+ range and Brad Hand converting back to back save chances this past week, we may be at a point where this isn’t a committee anymore. It wouldn’t shock me to see Francona go back to Allen for the next chance but at this point, Hand is clearly the best guy to own in this bullpen.
- Kenley Jansen looks likely to be held out of this weekends series at Colorado with the team worried the elevation was the cause of his most recent irregular heartbeat problem. Kenta Maeda will probably be the one called upon to close out games if this is the case.
- Jose Alvarado continues to thrive in the Rays bullpen and is taking advantage of Sergio Romo’s mysterious extended absence. Romo hasn’t pitched since August 25th, two Saturdays ago, while Alvarado has gone on to record a pair of saves in that time. Romo must be dealing with some sort of injury here, but without knowing the severity, it’s tough to determine how saves will be dished out this month.
- Blake Treinen racked up another 4 saves this past week, while Brad Boxberger and Wade Davis each had 3. After a brutal start to the month that saw his ERA rise over 5, Davis has been lights out over the past couple of weeks and looks like someone who can be safely locked into lineups once again.