Cotts and Neshek record saves

September 14, 2014

Texas Rangers – The Rangers gave Neftali Feliz the night off after pitching two days in a row and Neal Cotts picked up his first save of the season.  Despite his recent struggles (and his 9 losses on the season), it looks like Cotts will get the first shot at saves when Feliz is unavailable.

Updated hierarchy: Feliz | Cotts | Tolleson.

St. Louis Cardinals – Pat Neshek got the last two outs of the 9th inning for his 6th save of the season last night.  Manager Mike Matheny said that he does not want to use closer Trevor Rosenthal or Neshek on consecutive days if he can avoid it the rest of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Rosenthal | Neshek | Martinez.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Dellin Betances, New York Yankees – David Robertson has pitched two days in a row, including a 5 out, 35 pitch outing on Friday.
2. Kevin Quackenbush, San Diego Padres – Joaquin Benoit is still out.

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 9/11/14 ATL Kimbrel Walden Carpenter 9/4/14
BOS Mujica Uehara Tazawa 9/13/14 MIA Cishek Morris Ramos 8/13/14
NYY Robertson Betances Kelley 8/20/14 NYM Mejia Familia Black 9/10/14
TB McGee Boxberger Balfour 9/15/14 PHI Papelbon Giles Diekman 9/2/14
TOR Janssen Sanchez Cecil 9/8/14 WAS Storen Clippard Soriano 9/15/14
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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 Diaz LeCure 9/1/14
DET Nathan Chamberlain Soria 9/11/14 MIL Rodriguez Broxton Smith 9/10/14
KC Holland Davis Herrera 9/13/14 PIT Melancon Watson Hughes 9/7/14
MIN Perkins Burton Fien 9/10/14 STL Rosenthal Neshek Martinez 9/14/14
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HOU Qualls Fields Sipp 9/11/14 ARI Reed Ziegler Marshall 8/30/14
LAA Street Smith Jepsen 9/6/14 COL Hawkins Ottavino Brothers 7/31/14
OAK Doolittle O'Flaherty Cook 9/13/14 LAD Jansen Wilson League 9/4/14
SEA Rodney Farquhar Medina 8/14/14 SD Benoit Quackenbush Thayer 9/13/14
TEX Feliz Cotts Tolleson 9/14/14 SF Casilla Romo Affeldt 9/12/14

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* = closer by committee

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Sean Doolittle off DL, Uehara and Holland return

September 13, 2014

Oakland A’s - Closer Sean Doolittle returned from the DL yesterday.  Manager Bob Melvin said that everyone will return to their normal roles so it sounds like Doolittle will resume closing games immediately.

Updated hierarchy: Doolittle | O’Flaherty | Cook.

Boston Red Sox – Edward Mujica recorded another save on Friday night.  Meanwhile, Koji Uehara returned to throw a 1-2-3 8th inning.  It was Uehara’s first clean inning in almost a month.  Uehara will likely need a few more outings like that before he sees some save chances so Mujica should remain the closer for now.

Updated hierarchy: Mujica | Uehara | Tazawa.

Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland returned to the mound last night for the first time since September 3rd.  It was not a save situation but Holland did strike out the side.  Barring any setbacks with Holland’s triceps, he should immediately return to closing games.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Davis | Herrera.

Tampa Bay Rays – Grant Balfour pitched a perfect 9th inning last night to record his first save since July 1st.  Jake McGee threw a perfect 8th inning and should continue to see the majority of save chances.  However, with Joel Peralta giving up 5 runs in his past two outings, Balfour could see more time in the later innings.

Updated hierarchy: McGee | Boxberger | Balfour.

San Diego Padres – Kevin Quackenbush picked up his third save of the season yesterday.  Benoit still wants to pitch again this season and he is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Sunday.

Hierarchy remains: Benoit | Quackenbush | Thayer.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Koji Uehara/Junichi Tazawa, Boston Red Sox – Edward Mujica has pitched three days in a row.
2. Jonathan Broxton, Milwaukee Brewers – K-Rod has appeared in four straight games.
3. Kevin Quackenbush, San Diego Padres – Quack got the save last night and Benoit is not expected to return until next week at the earliest.