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.

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 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
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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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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.

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.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
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.