With the MLB season in full swing, some bullpen hierarchies are becoming a lot clearer, while others have fallen apart. Though some managers may keep fantasy owners guessing, it is important to at least have an idea of who has a chance at a save, and who is most likely not even going to appear in a game today. Don’t sleep on saves! In a shortened season, they all count that much more.
First, notes from last night and thoughts on today’s games:
- Last night, 12 pitchers saw action for the second consecutive night. Among these relievers, which we strongly suggest you avoid are:
- Josh Taylor and Heath Hembree of the Boston Red Sox
- Codi Heuer and Zack Burdi of the Chicago White Sox
- Will Harris and Daniel Hudson of the Washington Nationals
- Ian Gibaut and Joely Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers
- Jarlin Garcia of the San Francisco Giants
- Rowan Wick of the Chicago Cubs
- Nabil Crismatt of the St. Louis Cardinals
- Anthony Bass of the Toronto Blue Jays
- Additionally, last night, 31 pitchers pitched multiple innings. Though for the most part, this shouldn’t be a problem, we do want to suggest that you avoid the following players who pitched more than 2 IP:
- Lou Trivino (2.1 IP) and Daniel Mengden (4 IP) of the Oakland Athletics
- Taylor Widener (3 IP) of the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Nick Nelson (3 IP) of the New York Yankees
- Daniel Norris (4 IP) of the Detroit Tigers
- Jamie Barria (4 IP)of the Los Angeles Angels
- The options for the Closer position for the Blue Jays will be complicated should Toronto have a lead entering the 9th inning. Anthony Bass has pitched 3 IP in two consecutive days, whereas Jordan Romano was used for 1 IP last night.
- Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand needed 17 pitches to close the door against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has not allowed a run since July 29 and should be available if needed tonight.
- Promptly after Kenta Maeda surrendered his first hit and run of the night, Taylor Rogers of the Minnesota Twins entered the game in a save situation leading 3-1. Unfortunately, he allowed a game-tying double to Avisail Garcia. The Twins would eventually win the game in the 12th inning.
- Ryan Pressley of the Houston Astros entered the game in the 10th inning to try to preserve a 1-run lead. He gave up the tying run, requiring his team to come back in the 11th to win the game.
- Mark Melancon entered the game in the 9th inning with the intention of keeping the game close between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals. He allowed 1 ER, throwing 25 pitches to get out of the inning. He should be available tonight, if needed.
- Daniel Hudson of the Nationals was needed for a second consecutive night to record a save. Fortunately, last night he was successful. Stay away from Hudson today as he’s been used in two consecutive nights.
- Rowan Wick has pitched a combined 2 IP in the last two nights. He did not allow a run in either appearance and earned 1 SV. The Cubs will look to avoid Wick today.
- Josh Hader was utilized in a non-save situation against the Twins last night and did his job, tossing 1 IP while not allowing a run. Though he did throw 22 pitches, he should be available if needed tonight.
- Keone Kela was brought into the game last night in order to preserve a tie, and he did his job. Kela wound up tossing 1 IP while allowing 0 ER and striking out two batters. Though he threw 22 pitches, he should be available if needed today.
- The Colorado Rockies, who were without Carlos Estevez after he was hit in the hand by a line drive, wound up using Daniel Bard in a non-save situation. Fortunately, Estevez underwent X-rays on his right hand and they came back negative. He should be cleared to go.
- The San Diego Padres needed the help of a number of relievers to close the doors on the Texas Rangers yesterday. Both Drew Pomeranz and Emilio Pagan entered the game and earned holds, while Cal Quantrill needed 4 pitches to record the final out of the night for the save. All should be available if needed by the Pads.
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