- Héctor Neris, Kendall Graveman, and Garrett Whitlock dropped a bit this week, as each may see their roles diminish following the returns of fellow bullpen members on their team. With Whitlock, it’s more about him wearing down and Matt Barnes taking over the closer role than anything.
- With a 5.60 ERA, 1.92 WHIP and 2.4% K-BB rate since August, I thought the Tigers may shy away from Gregory Soto in the closer role but it appears that he is still in the late innings mix for now despite being the 4th/5th best reliever on the roster. It will be interesting to see if the team commits to him as the closer for next season by the end of the year.
- Tanner Scott may not be closing out games anymore, but at least he’s back to his more natural set up role as Dylan Floro appears to be taking over the closer role. The strikeout upside will always be tantalizing, but the 15.2% walk rate (leading to an ugly 1.55 WHIP) will keep him down the list.
- Scott Alexander, Emmanuel Clase, Camilo Doval, Ryan Helsley, and James Karinchak each had 3 SV+HLD’s this past week to lead all relievers. Alexander is the outsider of the group, as he was just recently called up by the Giants and has immediately worked his way into a holds role it seems. That being said, I’m not sure the veteran lefty brings enough upside to be rostered the rest of the way.
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