Hector Rondon continues to pitch well

April 26, 2017

Chicago Cubs — Hector Rondon has continued his rise in the Cubs’ bullpen, extending his streak of scoreless appearances to five games with an eighth-inning hold on Tuesday. Rondon has walked a man in three of those appearances, but with only one hit scattered amongst those four innings in addition to five strikeouts, he has continuously been solid without getting into much trouble. If he keeps pitching like this, it will be hard to keep him out of the eighth inning in close games going forward.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | Rondon | Uehara.

Milwaukee Brewers – Tommy Milone picked up just the second save of his career Tuesday, pitching the final three innings of a 9-1 win over the Reds. Expect a close check on Milone’s blood and urine after Tuesday’s performance, his first save since Aug. 23, 2015, when he was with the Twins.

Hierarchy remains: Feliz | Knebel | Barnes.

Toronto Blue Jays — Roberto Osuna’s struggles continued on Tuesday as he blew a save chance against the Cardinals. He has now allowed an earned run in three of his first five appearances since returning from the DL. When the Jays regained the lead in the 11th, they called upon Ryan Tepera to earn his second career save and first since 2015. Also, this happened.

Hierarchy remains: Osuna | Grilli | Biagini.


1. Danny Farquhar – Alex Colome has pitched three of the last four days.

1. Koda Glover 
– If Shawn Kelley goes on Wednesday it will be two straight for him.
2. Jason Grilli – Roberto Osuna threw 19 pitches in a blown save on Tuesday. If he struggles through a hefy outing again on Wednesday, we may see Grilli on Thursday.
3. Sean Doolittle – Santiago Casilla took forever to get through 16 pitches and a blown save on Tuesday. If he has a lengthy outing on Wednesday, a night off Thursday may in his future.
4. Sergio Romo – Kenley Jansen threw 22 pitches in a four-out save Tuesday. Don’t expect him to go for a third straight day on Thursday should the situation arise.

Updated MLB Closer Depth Chart

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* = closer-by-committee


Bud Norris picks up another save

April 25, 2017

Los Angeles Angels – The Angels traded for veteran reliever David Hernandez and immediately used him in a big spot.  With the Angels clinging to a one run lead in the eight inning, Hernandez came on with a runner on first and one out.  He retired the only two batters he faced to preserve the lead.  Bud Norris pitched the ninth to record his second save.

Updated hierarchy: *Norris | Parker | Hernandez.
* = closer-by-committee

Seattle Mariners — Edwin Diaz is still the closer in Seattle, but you may see him used more in non-traditional closer spots.  Manager Scott Servais said that Diaz needs to pitch and he can’t always just save him for the ninth inning.  We don’t think this will impact Diaz’s fantasy value in a huge way so don’t overreact if you see Diaz enter the game in a non-save situation.

Hierarchy remains: Diaz | Vincent | Rzepczynski.

Minnesota Twins — Matt Belisle pitched a perfect eight inning ahead of closer Brandon Kintzler last night.  It was Belisle’s third hold of the season, and with Ryan Pressly struggling, Belisle has likely moved into first in line for saves behind Kintzler.

Updated hierarchy: Kintzler | Belisle | Pressly.

1. Blake Parker – Bud Norris has pitched in four of the last five days.
2. Matt Belisle/Ryan Pressly – Brandon Kintzler has appeared in two straight games and three of the last four.

1. Jorge de la Rosa 
– Fernando Rodney has pitched in two of the last three and would likely get Wednesday off if he pitches on Tuesday.
2, Trevor Rosenthal – If Seung-Hwan Oh pitches on Tuesday, that will make it four of the past five days.