June 12, 2017
Pittsburgh Pirates – Sunday’s game made two four-out saves in two days for Felipe Rivero. If this is indeed a committee, Rivero is the clear leader, but let’s make him get one more before we remove his asterisk. And don’t panic if Juan Nicasio gets the save tonight (which he may, per VSW) — Rivero will still be the one to own regardless.
Hierarchy remains: *Rivero | Nicasio | Hudson.
* = closer-by-committee
New York Mets – Jerry Blevins has been the best reliever in the Mets bullpen all season, but we’ve been reluctant to move him to first in line because he’d mostly been pitching to lefties. But he got the full 8th inning yesterday, and will probably get similar looks going forward, mostly because the team doesn’t have another option.
Updated hierarchy: Reed | Blevins | Salas.
Cleveland Indians – It’s a bit of a slow news day today, so figured we’d just point out that Andrew Miller’s ERA is 0.29. That’s kinda good. Also, did you know that the reliever who holds the record for lowest ERA in a single season is Fernando Rodney?! This happened less than five years ago and we can still hardly believe it. [UPDATE: Oh wait, Zach Britton broke this last year. Still, there was a time when Rodney posted the best relief season ever!]
Hierarchy remains: Allen | Miller | Shaw.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Juan Nicasio – Felipe Rivero has gotten four outs each of the last two nights.
2. Michael Lorenzen – Raisel Iglesias had a long (33 pitches) painful outing yesterday, and might need a night off.
1. Jerry Blevins – If Addison Reed goes today, it’ll be three straight.
2. Juan Nicasio – See above. If Felipe Rivero does end up going today, he’ll surely be off tomorrow.
3. Michael Lorenzen – See above. If Raisel Iglesias does end up going today, he’ll surely be off tomorrow.