Latest update: September 29, 2013
New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer of all time, will not pitch again this season. He finishes his final season with 44 saves. David Robertson will take over as closer and certainly has some big shoes to fill. No hierarchy change.
Milwaukee Brewers – Alfredo Figaro picked up the save in extra innings last night Henderson, Kintzler, and Wooten had all pitched in two straight games. No hierarchy change.
St. Louis Cardinals – Edward Mujica continues to struggle. The Cardinals brought Mujica on for the 9th with a 6 run lead. He gave up 3 hits while only recording one out. Seth Maness ended up getting the save. No hierarchy change.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. David Robertson, New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera will not pitch again so Robertson should get the call if there is a save opportunity today
2. Joakim Soria, Texas Rangers – Joe Nathan has pitched in 3 straight and 4 of the last 5. The Rangers need this win for a chance at making the playoffs so they could send him out there for a 4th straight day. If they decide to give Nathan the day off Soria could get the call.
3. Kevin Gregg, Chicago Cubs – Pedro Strop and Kevin Gregg have been sharing the closing duties so either could be used today.
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September 28, 2013
New York Yankees - Mariano Rivera got the night off after his emotional final outing in Yankee Stadium. David Robertson retired the Astros in order (which isn’t hard to do) for his 3rd save of the season. There are rumors that Mariano could play center field this weekend so Robertson could see more saves. No hierarchy change.
Toronto Blue Jays – Sergio Santos came on in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out and the Blue Jays up 4. He got a double play to get out of the inning and then stayed on for the 9th to pick up his first save of the season. No hierarchy change.
Cleveland Indians – Chris Perez is officially out as closer, and will be replaced by a committee of relievers that includes most of the bullpen. Former No. 1 starter Justin Masterson, recovering from an oblique injury, is among the best bets for the 9th inning, as mentioned this morning. Joe Smith is neck-and-neck with Masterson, with Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw close behind. Hierarchy change: Joe Smith to Closer, Justin Masterson to Set-up.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Kevin Gregg, Chicago Cubs – The Cubs could go with Gregg or Strop if they have a save opportunity tonight.
2. David Robertson, New York Yankees – The Yankees may play Mariano Rivera in center field so Robertson could be the closer the rest of this weekend.
September 27, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Chris Perez got the dreaded “vote of confidence” from Terry Francona after a blown save on Tuesday, and followed it up on Thursday by getting shelled in a non-save opp. Joe Smith is the best bet for saves if yesterday’s outing costs Perez his job for the remainder of the season. Recently converted starter Justin Masterson is also an option. Chris Perez to Hot Seat.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Kevin Gregg, Chicago Cubs – Pedro Strop got the opp earlier this week, but Gregg picked up another save on Wednesday. Either one could get the call next time the Cubs have a save chance.
2. Jose Veras, Detroit Tigers – Prior to the Tigers’ offday yesterday, Joaquin Benoit had pitched in three straight. They might give him another day off to make sure he’s totally fresh for the postseason.
3. David Robertson, New York Yankees – Some are clamoring for Mariano Rivera’s Thursday night appearance in Yankee Stadium to be his last outing ever, saying he should sit out the Houston series. If he listens, David Robertson will start his career as the new Yankee closer a few days early.