David Hernandez gets most recent 9th for Angels; K-Rod signs with Nats

June 27, 2017

Washington Nationals – The Nationals made a low-risk and potentially high-reward signing on Sunday, adding Francisco Rodriguez on a minor league contract. No word on whether they used the donations they received from this fan’s obituary.

Hierarchy remains: *Albers | Romero | Turner.
* = closer-by-committee

Los Angeles Angels – Cam Bedrosian and Keynan Middleton bridged the gap to David Hernandez last night, though by the time the veteran came on for the 9th, the Angels had tacked on an insurance run to make it a 4-run game. Still, the way they lined this up is enough to move Hernandez up to the top of the league’s most unpredictable bullpen.

Updated hierarchy: *Hernandez | Street | Bedrosian.
* = closer-by-committee

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
Today
1. Dellin Betances – Aroldis Chapman has gone back to back games and three of four. Betances has also gone in back to back games but hasn’t thrown as many pitches.

Tomorrow
1. Joe Kelly – If Craig Kimbrel goes today, it’ll be three straight.

Updated MLB Closer Depth Chart

Closer1st in line2nd in lineUpdatedCloser1st in line2nd in lineUpdated
BALBrachO'DayGivens6/24/17ATLJohnsonVizcainoRamirez6/24/17
BOSKimbrelKellyBarnes6/24/17MIARamosPhelpsBarraclough6/15/17
NYYChapmanBetancesGreen6/22/17NYMReedBlevinsSalas6/12/17
TBColomeFarquharDiaz6/24/17PHI*NerisNeshekGarcia6/23/17
TOROsunaTeperaBarnes6/26/17WAS*AlbersRomeroTurner6/27/17
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CHWRobertsonKahnleSwarzak5/5/17CHCDavisUeharaEdwards6/10/17
CLE*AllenMillerShaw6/22/17CINIglesiasLorenzenStoren5/23/17
DETJ.WilsonA.WilsonGreene6/24/17MILKnebelBarnesTorres6/16/17
KCHerreraSoriaMinor6/20/17PITRiveroNicasioHudson6/17/17
MINKintzlerRogersDuffey6/9/17STLOhRosenthalBowman6/14/17
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HOUGilesHarrisDevenski6/23/17ARIRodneyBradleyJ.de la Rosa6/24/17
LAA*HernandezStreetBedrosian6/27/17COLHollandOttavinoMcGee6/10/17
OAKCasillaDoolittleMadson6/19/17LADJansenBaezAvilan6/21/17
SEADiazVincentCishek6/24/17SDMaurerHandMaton6/22/17
TEXBushKelaLeClerc6/20/17SFMelanconStricklandKontos6/21/17

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* = closer-by-committee

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Angels bullpen becoming more muddled by the day

June 26, 2017

Los Angeles Angels – Cam Bedrosian, Blake Parker, Keynan Middleton, David Hernandez, and Huston Street spent Friday and Saturday sorting out who would be the best man for the 9th inning in a strong Angels bullpen that still has yet to establish any defined roles for its relievers. Then, on Sunday, in a clear save chance… Yusmeiro Petit got the final six outs. Mike Scioscia doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to figure things out, as the mix-and-match approach has been effective as of late. Any of the six relievers mentioned above could conceivably get the call at the moment; we’ll continue to monitor to see if anyone emerges.

Hierarchy remains: *Street | Hernandez | Bedrosian. 
* = closer-by-committee

Toronto Blue Jays – Unavailable for the previous three days due to anxiety issues, Roberto Osuna returned to the mound on Sunday and threw a scoreless inning, striking out three. Good to see you back, Roberto, and hope you’re getting the treatment you need.

Hierarchy remains: Osuna | Tepera | Barnes.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
Today
1. Keone Kela – Matt Bush threw 21 pitches yesterday and 31 pitches Friday.

Tomorrow
1. Keone Kela/Jose LeClerc – See above. If Bush goes today he’ll definitely be off tomorrow, and if Kela goes as well, it’ll be three straight.
2. Taylor Rogers – If Brandon Kintzler goes today, it’ll be three straight.
3. Trevor Rosenthal – If Seung-Hwan Oh goes today, it’ll be back to back and three of four (and five of seven).
4. Dellin Betances – If Aroldis Chapman goes today, it’ll be back to back and three of four.
5. Michael Lorenzen – If Raisel Iglesias goes today, it’ll be back to back and three of four, including 1.2 innings yesterday.
6. Pedro Baez – If Kenley Jansen goes today, watch his pitch count; he threw 1.2 innings yesterday.