- Even factoring in a couple of poor outings in June, Scott Barlow has still been one of the better closers in baseball (save totals aside) since May. His 33.7% K and CSW rates both rank in the top 5 amongst current closers as does his 2.72 xFIP. The stuff is there, and the hope now is that he is finally traded to a team where he’ll get plenty of SV+HLD opportunities.
- I had talked a few weeks ago about how well Taylor Rogers has been pitching since mid-April and the next step was just getting more hold chances. Well, he finally got a hold on Wednesday, his first since the middle of May, and hopefully, there are more holds to come as his brother Tyler can’t be the only one getting holds.
- Colin Holderman is off the IL and back in a setup role in front of closer David Bednar. That should remain his role for the rest of the season, so long as the Pirates aren’t selling pieces like Bednar at the deadline. Bednar is having a career year and the reliever market looks like it may be a bit thin, so for the Pirates (7.5 games out of a playoff spot), perhaps it does make sense to move Bednar now while they can get maximum value.
- Nate Pearson may only have one hold this season but he has pitched really well out of the bullpen and between him and Trevor Richards, there’s potential to have huge second half value in holds leagues so long as one of them is able to start seeing consistent hold chances. For now, Yimi García continues to be a secondary setup option but his 4.84 ERA and 1.47 WHIP aren’t exactly helping his case to stick in that role.
And if you want more daily reliever updates, please check out our Reliever Ranks series.
|PITCHER||TIER||INJURY (SURGERY DATE). NOTES|
|Liam Hendriks||3/4||Elbow. Throwing bullpens recently and could begin a rehab assignment next week.|
|Ryan Helsley||3/4||Forearm. Cleared to start throwing, and could return by early August.|
|Seranthony Domínguez||5/6||Oblique. Throwing bullpens and could return shortly after the All-Star break|
|Andrew Nardi||5/6||Tricep. No word on the severity yet, but will at least be out for another two weeks.|
|Steven Wilson||5/6||Pec. Landed on the IL with a pectoral strain, no word yet on the timetable.|
|Brock Stewart||5/6||Elbow. No timetable, but MRI was mostly positive. Should be able to throw soon.|
|John Schreiber||5/6||Lat. Beginning rehab assignment this weekend.|
|Matt Moore||6/7||Oblique. Has been throwing and could return shortly after the All-Star break.|
|Robert Suarez||6/7||Elbow. In the early stages of his rehab assignment. Could return this month.|
|Jonathan Loáisiga||6/7||Elbow. Still in a throwing program, no plans for rehab assignment yet.|
|Caleb Thielbar||7/8||Oblique. Has been throwing again and could return later this month.|
|Ben Joyce||7/8||Elbow. Won’t throw off a mound for 3-4 weeks, but could return in September.|