Hot Seat

Latest update: September 5, 2015

Hottest – In a committee, or on the verge of losing their job right now

30. Jean Machi (cuff: Junichi Tazawa)
29. Bruce Rondon (cuff: Alex Wilson)

28. Sean Doolittle (cuff: Drew Pomeranz)
27. Kevin Jepsen (cuff: Glen Perkins)

Jean Machi is pitching just like you’d expect from a guy with 12 years in the minors and a 1.40 WHIP to show for it. Fortunately for the Red Sox, area fans have been juuuust a little distracted lately. The Tigers bullpen is awful. Kevin Jepsen is pitching well, but you know he’ll be back in the eighth inning as soon as Old Man Perkins can roll out of bed without experiencing “spasms.”

Hot – Guys who could be in danger after their next blown save

26a. Roger Goodell (cuff: Tod Lieweke)

Several straight blown leads and self-inflicted meltdowns have placed the Ginger Hammer in a precarious position. There’s no real reason to think that his bosses — who, after all, are still rollin’ in it — are feeling any real pressure to make a change, but they  might be wise to give him some lower-leverage, touchdown celebration work in the weeks to come, to clear his head.

Warmish – Two blown saves in a row and these players might be in trouble

26. Greg Holland
25. Brad Boxberger
24. Brad Ziegler

Hadn’t heard anything bad from Holland lately, but it turns out he just hasn’t pitched since August 28. Boxberger keeps blowing saves and picking up losses, while Alex Colome looks great as a reliever behind him. A banged-up Brad Ziegler is in free-fall, with 7 runs and 11 hits against him this past week.

Cool – These players would have to blow 3 consecutive saves for their jobs to be in jeopardy

23. John Axford
22. Santiago Casilla
21. Luke Gregerson

20. AJ Ramos

19. Arodys Vizcaino
18. Francisco Rodriguez
17. Tom Wilhelmsen
16. Hector Rondon
15. Huston Street
14. Jeurys Familia
13. David Robertson
12. Mark Melancon
11. Shawn Tolleson
10. Ken Giles
9. Roberto Osuna
8. Cody Allen
7. Kenley Jansen

A bunch of guys move up a rung this week. Sure, the Giants aren’t winning much, but Santiago Casilla has allowed no runs and only two hits in four weeks (six appearances). Four saves in one week keeps Tom Wilhelmsen movin’ on up too. Kenley Jansen also had a good week; Tolleson, Melancon, and K-Rod did not.

Sub-zero – These players would have to blow 4+ consecutive saves for their jobs to be in jeopardy

6. Aroldis Chapman
5. Zach Britton

4. Jonathan Papelbon
3. Trevor Rosenthal
2. Andrew Miller
1. Craig Kimbrel

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