Casilla and Rivero record saves

October 4, 2015

San Francisco Giants — Santiago Casilla recorded his 38th save of the season last night, and also reached 55 games finished.  As a result, his 2016 option vested and he will earn an additional $1 million next year.

Hierarchy remains: Casilla | Romo | Strickland.

Oakland A’s — Felix Doubront pitched a scoreless bottom of the thirteenth inning to pick up the save yesterday.  Sean Doolittle and Ryan Dull were unavailable.  Doubront has been a starter most of the season, including his previous six appearances, and does not factor into the A’s regular late inning plans.

Hierarchy remains: *Doolittle | Dull | Pomeranz.
* = closer-by-committee

Washington Nationals — Felipe Rivero struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning yesterday to record his second save of the season.  Rivero has impressed in converting both of his save chances since the Papelbon fiasco and the rookie should play an important role in the Nationals bullpen next year.

Hierarchy remains: *Rivero | Treinen | Thornton.
* = closer-by-committee

1. Keone Kela, Texas Rangers
Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson have both pitched in five straight games.
2. Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City Royals – Wade Davis has pitched in two straight and three of four.
3. Brett Cecil/Aaron Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays – Roberto Osuna has pitched in two straight, including a 26 pitch blown save yesterday.

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 Brach 9/24/15 ATL Vizcaino Jackson Moylan 8/29/15
BOS Ross Ramirez Machi 9/21/15 MIA Ramos Dunn Morris 9/26/15
NYY Miller Betances Wilson 10/2/15 NYM Familia Clippard Reed 9/19/15
TB Boxberger Cedeno McGee 9/25/15 PHI Giles Garcia Hinojosa 10/2/15
TOR Osuna Sanchez Cecil 9/24/15 WAS *Rivero Treinen Thornton 10/4/15
CHW Robertson Albers Jones 10/3/15 CHC Rondon Strop Wood 9/20/15
CLE Allen Shaw Manship 9/15/15 CIN Chapman Hoover Diaz 9/16/15
DET Feliz Wilson Hardy 9/26/15 MIL Rodriguez Smith Jeffress 9/11/15
KC Davis Herrera Madson 10/3/15 PIT Melancon Soria Watson 9/25/15
MIN Jepsen Perkins May 9/24/15 STL Rosenthal Siegrist Broxton 9/23/15
HOU Gregerson Neshek Harris 9/27/15 ARI Ziegler Hudson Bracho 10/2/15
LAA *Smith Gott Morin 10/1/15 COL Axford Diaz Miller 9/16/15
OAK *Doolittle Dull Pomeranz 10/4/15 LAD Jansen Hatcher Johnson 9/17/15
SEA Wilhelmsen Smith Kensing 9/3/15 SD Kimbrel Benoit Kelley 10/2/15
TEX Tolleson Dyson Kela 10/3/15 SF Casilla Romo Strickland 10/4/15


* = closer-by-committee


Free access to Closer Monkey Premium. A free Closer Monkey t-shirt. Make your first deposit at DraftKings and claim your perks now. Learn more.

Greg Holland out for 2016; Matt Albers finishing strong

October 3, 2015

Chicago White Sox – Matt Albers got the 8th inning ahead of David Robertson on Friday night, pitching a clean frame to earn his 6th hold and lower his ERA to 1.21. Nate Jones, meanwhile, hasn’t pitched in over a week.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Albers | Jones.

Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland underwent a successful Tommy John surgery; he will miss all of 2016. Adjust Wade Davis’s dynasty value accordingly — he’s now one of the top stoppers to own going into next season.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Herrera | Madson.

Texas Rangers – Sam Dyson has been one of the best relievers in baseball since joining the Texas bullpen, and on Friday, he pitched his third straight game ahead of closer Shawn Tolleson. He’ll be the 8th inning man for the Rangers in the playoffs.

Updated hierarchy: Tolleson | Dyson | Kela.

1. Keone Kela, Texas Rangers – Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson have both pitched in four straight games.
2. Tyler Clippard, New York Mets – The Mets and Nats have a double header today.
3. Blake Treinen/Matt Thornton, Washington Nationals – See above.

Dellin Betances and Luis Garcia head a bumper crop of save vultures

October 2, 2015

Washington Nationals — Felipe Rivero grabbed the first save chance for the post-Papelbon Nationals, delivering two perfect innings and earning praise from Matt Williams. Meanwhile, Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer have honored Papelbon with a new handshake, and Nats fans are pledging thousands of dollars to charity if the team cuts their ex-closer and eats his $11 million 2016 option.

Updated hierarchy: *Rivero | Treinen | Thornton.
* = closer-by-committee

Kansas City Royals — Wade Davis had a sore back on Thursday, so Ned Yost went with Ryan Madson for the save on Thursday night.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Herrera | Madson.

Arizona Diamondbacks — Daniel Hudson had pitched on three of the last four days, allowing rookie Silvino Bracho to grab his first major league save this season to go with his 16 for the Mobile BayBears (whose mascots can appear at your function!) and three for the Visalia Rawhide (home of Mustache Appreciation Night).

Updated hierarchy: Ziegler | Hudson | Bracho.

New York Yankees — Dellin Betances nailed down the Yankees’ 10,000th win as a franchise, securing a wild card berth. Andrew Miller needed the night off after a two-inning outing on Wednesday.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Wilson.

San Diego Padres — Shawn Kelley is at full strength again and pitched the seventh in front of Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel on Thursday.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Benoit | Kelley.

Philadelphia Phillies — As we predicted, Ken Giles got a day off and Luis Garcia grabbed the save against the Mets on Thursday.

Hierarchy remains: Giles | Garcia | Hinojosa.

1. Daniel Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks — Brad Ziegler remains on paternity leave.
2. Xavier Cedeno, Tampa Bay Rays — Brad Boxberger has pitched in three straight games.
3. Keone Kela, Texas Rangers — Kela won’t be used in consecutive games, but he’s had a few days off and Shawn Tolleson has gone in three straight.
4. Ryan Madson/Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City Royals — Wade Davis might need another day off.