Jonathan Broxton acquired by Brewers, will set-up for K-Rod

September 1, 2014

Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers acquired Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday and the big righty will share set-up duties with lefty Will Smith. With Francisco Rodriguez set to become a free agent next year — and Broxton under contract for $9 million — he’s among the favorites to close for the Brewers in 2015.

Updated hierarchy: Rodriguez | Broxton | Smith.

Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan Broxton’s departure elevates Jumbo Diaz into a set-up role, while Sam LeCure could see a few 7th inning holds.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Diaz | LeCure.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Kevin Quackenbush, San Diego Padres – Kevin Quackenbush is closing for the Padres with Joaquin Benoit nursing an injury.
2. Wade Davis, Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland has pitched in back to back games and four of five.
3. Bryan Shaw, Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen has pitched in back to back games and three of four, throwing 52 pitches.
4. Andrew Miller/Darren O’Day, Baltimore Orioles – Zach Britton has pitched in back to back games and three of four, though he’s only thrown 25 pitches.
5. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo’s perpetual existence on the Vulture Save Watch is compounded today by the fact that the Giants are resuming a make-up game against the Rockies and then them playing again. Should they have a save chance in both, it’ll probably be Santiago Casilla getting one, and Romo getting the other.
6. Adam Ottavino, Colorado Rockies – Likewise for the Rockies; it’s unlikely that LaTroy Hawkins pitches in both games.

Updated MLB Closer Depth Chart

Closer 1st in line 2nd in line Updated Closer 1st in line 2nd in line Updated
BAL Britton O'Day Miller 8/18/14 ATL Kimbrel Walden Carpenter 8/14/14
BOS Uehara Mujica Tazawa 8/26/14 MIA Cishek Morris Ramos 8/13/14
NYY Robertson Betances Kelley 8/20/14 NYM Mejia Familia Torres 8/29/14
TB McGee Boxberger Peralta 8/25/14 PHI Papelbon Giles Diekman 8/23/14
TOR Janssen Sanchez Cecil 8/31/14 WAS Soriano Clippard Storen 7/31/14
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CHW *Petricka Putnam Guerra 8/31/14 CHC Rondon Strop Ramirez 8/27/14
CLE Allen Shaw Atchison 8/15/14 CIN Chapman Diaz LeCure 9/1/14
DET Nathan Chamberlain Alburquerque 8/27/14 MIL Rodriguez Broxton Smith 9/1/14
KC Holland Davis Herrera 8/3/14 PIT Melancon Watson Hughes 8/16/14
MIN Perkins Fien Burton 7/6/14 STL Rosenthal Neshek Martinez 8/30/14
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HOU Qualls Sipp Fields 8/29/14 ARI Reed Ziegler Marshall 8/30/14
LAA Street Smith Jepsen 8/22/14 COL Hawkins Ottavino Brothers 7/31/14
OAK *O'Flaherty Cook Gregerson 8/28/14 LAD Jansen Wilson League 8/15/14
SEA Rodney Farquhar Medina 8/14/14 SD Benoit Quackenbush Thayer 8/31/14
TEX Feliz Cotts Tolleson 8/21/14 SF Casilla Romo Affeldt 8/29/14

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* = closer by committee

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Aaron Sanchez records save, Benoit hurt again

August 31, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays – Aaron Sanchez picked up his first career save yesterday afternoon.  Sanchez pitched a perfect 8th inning with the Blue Jays up 2 and then came back out for the 9th.  With closer Casey Janssen warming in the bullpen, Sanchez threw a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game.  The Blue Jays plan to get as much out of Sanchez as possible, which could mean that he sees more save chances down the stretch.  Still, Janssen should see the majority of saves, especially since Sanchez likely won’t pitch in back-to-back games.

Updated hierarchy: Janssen | Sanchez | Cecil.

San Diego Padres – Closer Joaquin Benoit is feeling discomfort in his shoulder again.    The Padres expect Benoit to pitch again this season but they do not have any timetable for this return.  Kevin Quackenbush will handle the closing duties while Benoit is sidelined.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

Chicago White Sox – Jake Petricka gave up a hit and a walk in the 9th inning yesterday but was still able to record his 10th save of the season.  Meanwhile, Zach Putnam pitched a perfect 8th against the Tigers 4-5-6 hitters and hasn’t given up any runs in August.  It looks like Petricka is still the closer for now but Putnam is right there if Petricka slips up.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Kevin Quackenbush, San Diego Padres – Joaquin Benoit is sidelined with a sore shoulder and Quackenbush will close while he is out.
2. Joe Smith, Los Angeles Angels – Huston Street has appeared in four straight games.
3. Jared Hughes/John Axford, Pittsburgh Pirates – Mark Melancon and Tony Watson have both pitched in two straight and four of the last five.
4. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla got the save last night but has pitched in three of the last four games so it could be Romo turns today.

Addison Reed on a roll, Neshek struggles

August 30, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks – Addison Reed recorded his 100th career save last night.  Reed has now converted eleven straight saves, and in his last six innings, he has only given up two hits and zero walks.

Hierarchy remains: Reed | Ziegler | Marshall.

St. Louis Cardinals – Pat Neshek had a rough outing on Friday night.  He took the loss after giving up four runs in less than an inning of work.  This could give Trevor Rosenthal a slightly longer leash.

Updated hierarchy: Rosenthal | Neshek | Martinez.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Joe Smith, Los Angeles Angels – Huston Street has pitched three days in a row.
2. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo could get the call if the match-ups call for it.