July 24, 2016
New York Yankees – There have been rumors of a lot of teams being interested in Aroldis Chapman and it looks like the Yankees are ready to finish up the process. Andrew Miller has been in rumors as well, but it sounds like the Yankees might hold on to him.
Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Miller | Betances.
San Francisco Giants – Hunter Strickland recorded his second save of the season in extra innings last night. Santiago Casilla picked up the win, pitching two scoreless innings. Sergio Romo was also used earlier in the game, which left Strickland for the save.
Hierarchy remains: Casilla | Romo | Strickland.
Texas Rangers — Jake Diekman returned from the disabled list Friday and threw a scoreless inning. He should immediately return to his set-up role, and could see the occasional save chance when Sam Dyson is unavailable.
Updated hierarchy: Dyson | Diekman | Bush.
Baltimore Orioles — Darren O’Day could be activated from the disabled list today or tomorrow. The Orioles will be happy to have him back in their bullpen and O’Day will be happy to get away from Double-A Bowie and probably the worst jersey he has ever worn.
Hierarchy remains: Britton | Brach | Givens.
Seattle Mariners — Wade LeBlanc pitched the last three innings of a Mariners blowout win to record his first save of the season. He didn’t pitch particularly well, giving up three runs, and he will not be seeing any high leverage late inning action any time soon.
Hierarchy remains: Cishek | Diaz | Benoit.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Brad Brach, Baltimore Orioles – Zach Britton has pitched in four straight.
2. Fernando Abad/Trevor May, Minnesota Twins – Brandon Kintzler has pitched in four of the past five. Lefty Fernando Abad could get the call with Kintzler likely unavailable or the Twins could use hard throwing righty Trevor May if the match-ups dictate it.
3. Chasen Shreve, New York Yankees – The big three of Chapman, Miller, and Betances have all pitched in back-to-back games, with each throwing at least 37 pitches.
4. Shawn Kelley, Washington Nationals – Jonathan Papelbon has pitched in two straight games.