September 10, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Kevin Jepsen has been excellent since taking over the closer role, including a perfect 12th inning last night to pick up his 12th save. The only run he has given up in his time as the closer was in a game on Sept. 5, and he still earned the save. Manager Paul Molitor has taken notice as well and has said that Glen Perkins will not immediately be the closer if/when he comes back. The injured reliever is currently considering a cortisone injection in his lower back.
Hierarchy remains: Jepsen | May | Fien.
Arizona Diamondbacks – David Hernandez has made four straight appearances with the Diamondbacks trailing and seems to have lost responsibility for the 7th inning. Randall Delgado has been the beneficiary, as he took the 7th for the second straight time last night. That’s enough to slide into our hierarchy, but, barring injury, Ziegler and Hudson have a lock on any save opportunities.
Updated hierarchy: Ziegler | Hudson | Delgado.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Joakim Soria, Pittsburgh Pirates – Mark Melancon has thrown 47 pitches over the last two games.
2. Tyler Clippard, New York Mets – Jeurys Familia has pitched in three straight games.