Giovanny Gallegos was pulled from yesterdays (blown) save chance with what the team is calling a groin injury. Any injury at this stage of the year could easily end one’s season, so if Gallegos lands on the IL today, that would make him an easy drop in all non-keeper formats. In his absence look for Andrew Miller or John Gant to take over the closer duties, at least until Ryan Helsley starts pitching better.
- Ken Giles continues to progress in his rehab and should return either this weekend or early next week. The team has said he won’t be thrown into save chances right away, but I think we will see him closing out games by this time next week.
- Daniel Bard has been great since taking over as the Rockies closer, and while the Rockies schedule isn’t ideal for the next 10 days, the last week of the season is looking great for Bard and the rest of the Rockies pitching staff.
- After earning two saves towards the end of August, Gregory Soto has basically disappeared from the Tigers late-inning plans, with Bryan Garcia now the clubs top closer option. Soto blew a save on September 4th, but did not factor in to the teams past 3 save chances.
- Jake Diekman, Jarlin Garcia, and Tony Watson all had 3 SV+HLD a piece this past week. Diekman has yet to allow an earned run on the season, which is clearly quite impressive. However, that has been the result of a lot of luck considering his 17.2% BB rate ranks 6th highest amongst 188 qualified relievers this year.
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