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.

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.

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 Loup Cecil 8/28/14 WAS Soriano Clippard Storen 7/31/14
CHW *Petricka Putnam Guerra 8/28/14 CHC Rondon Strop Ramirez 8/27/14
CLE Allen Shaw Atchison 8/15/14 CIN Chapman Broxton Diaz 8/25/14
DET Nathan Chamberlain Alburquerque 8/27/14 MIL Rodriguez Smith Jeffress 8/28/14
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
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 8/27/14
TEX Feliz Cotts Tolleson 8/21/14 SF Casilla Romo Affeldt 8/29/14


* = closer by committee


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Sergio Romo could start seeing save chances again

August 29, 2014

San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla picked up the save on Thursday afternoon, but he did so with Jeremy Affeldt warming up in the bullpen. After the game, Bruce Bochy said he intends to use both Casilla and Sergio Romo — as well as Affeldt and Javier Lopez — in the game’s final innings. This isn’t a huge shock, as Casilla had been struggling and was already on our Hot Seat, but Romo appears to be a decent bet for at least a small handful of saves down the stretch.

Hierarchy remains: Casilla | Romo | Affeldt.

New York Mets – Vic Black was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 24 with a herniated disk in his neck. Daisuke Matsuzaka would’ve been our choice to replace him, but he had a rough return to the bigs on Thursday, giving up 3 runs in 0.2 innings. Until Matsuzaka sorts it out, we’ll go with swingman Carlos Torres for the 2nd in line spot for now. Torres has pitched 9.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Torres.

Houston Astros – Chad Qualls, who earlier this month was nursing a few minor injuries, got Thursday off after pitching in back to back games. Tony Sipp picked up his second save of the season in his place.

Updated hierarchy: Qualls | Sipp | Fields.

1. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants – We’ll hold off on sticking Santiago Casilla with an asterisk until someone else actually gets a save. Instead, expect a regular dose of Sergio Romo on the Vulture Save Watch.