During our podcast the other day we broke down All-Star snubs and I think the most egregious one on the AL reliever side is John Schreiber. Since becoming a full-time member of the Red Sox bullpen on May 6th, Schreiber leads the league in SV+HLD’s (18) and also ranks in the top eight in K-BB% (29.7%), xFIP (2.24), SIERA (1.86) and GB% (59.6%). His ERA and WHIP for the season are BOTH 0.60. Tanner Houck is still the go-to closer option at the moment and that’s likely to continue even with Garrett Whitlock’s return imminent, but Schreiber is certainly not going anywhere.
- Giovanny Gallegos has now allowed runs in his last four appearances, which is certainly unfortunate as he had been given some save opportunities lately. In those four games, he’s allowed seven hits and five runs, however, he does have a 7/1 K/BB rate. Despite this little rough patch he’s going through, Gallegos should remain in a high leverage role for the Cardinals.
- Brusdar Graterol moves up the list after factoring into some saves the past week and while he doesn’t get many swings and misses, his pitch mix is almost certain to limit hard contact and produce plenty of groundballs (61.6%), so he should be at least a three-category contributor for those of you in holds leagues. EDIT: four hours after this was posted, Graterol landed on the IL with a shoulder injury.
- Yimi García returned to the Blue Jays bullpen this past week and should slot immediately back into a setup role. This bullpen has had its issues but there should be enough here between García, Adam Cimber, and Tim Mayza (assuming all are healthy) to get the ball to Jordan Romano in the ninth.
- After struggling in early June, Tyler Duffey had four days off between June 12 and June 17th, and since then has been lights out. Over the past month, Duffey has now fired off 13 straight scoreless innings to go with a WHIP of 1.00 and 12 strikeouts. Emilio Pagán is coming off a pretty good week as well, but I wonder if Duffey has passed him as a preferred high leverage option at this point.
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