Scott Atchison quietly compiling a brilliant season

June 17, 2012

Boston Red Sox – Toiling in what’s generally been a mop-up role for much of the season, Scott Atchison has been nothing short of brilliant, pitching 35.1 innings– the most of anyone in the Red Sox bullpen– and compiling a 1.27 ERA in the process.  On Saturday, he earned his third hold of the season, finishing off the 7th inning, and it appears the Red Sox are finally ready to start using him in meaningful spots.  Hierarchy change: Scott Atchison to 2nd in line, replacing Andrew Miller.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedBOS |Aceves |Padilla |Atchison |Bailey |6/17/12 |Bailey(DL) |

Cleveland Indians – Nick Hagadone’s ERA rose to 4.98 after he got knocked around by the Pirates on Saturday.  After Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano, the Indians bullpen has been shaky.  Only Joe Smith has been reliable in recent weeks, as he’s only allowed 1 run in his past 7.2 innings.  Hierarchy change: Joe Smith to 2nd in line, replacing Nick Hagadone.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedCLE |C.Perez |Pestano |Smith |C.Perez |6/17/12

1. Scott Downs, Los Angeles Angels – Ernesto Frieri has gotten 6 of the last 9 save opps, but Downs could still snag a save on any night if match-ups are right.

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