Roberto Osuna dealing with anxiety issues, Blake Parker records save

June 25, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays – Closer Roberto Osuna was unavailable on Friday night because he is dealing with anxiety issues.  Ryan Tepera was given the chance to start the ninth inning on Friday night in a save situation, but ran into trouble and was pulled.  It is unknown how long Osuna could be out, but the Blue Jays will likely mix and match in the ninth inning until he is available to pitch again.

Hierarchy remains: Osuna | Tepera | Barnes. 

Los Angeles Angels — An Angels’ reliever recorded a save yesterday and of course that reliever was….Blake Parker.  Parker came on with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning and struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his first save of the season.  Cam Bedrosian started the ninth inning with the Angels up five so it was not a save opportunity.  He allowed two hits, two walks, and two runs before getting pulled in favor of Parker.  David Hernandez pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts.  This game did not help offer any clarity to who will get the next save chance so we will continue to monitor this closely.

Hierarchy remains: *Street | Hernandez | Bedrosian.
* = closer-by-committee

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Today
1. Ryan Tepera – If Roberto Osuna is unable to pitch, Tepera may get another shot.
2. Arodys Vizcaino – Jim Johnson has pitched in three of four, throwing a total of 51 pitches.

Monday
1. Keone Kela – If Matt Bush pitches on Sunday, that will be two out of three, including a 31 pitch outing.

The Orioles bullpen is slowly getting back to full strength

June 24, 2017

Baltimore Orioles — Darren O’Day returned from the DL with a scoreless eighth inning in a blowout loss. The Orioles need bullpen reinforcements badly, and O’Day should immediately return to his setup role behind Brad Brach. Zach Britton pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab relief assignment and looks to be on track to return in early July.

Updated hierarchy: Brach | O’Day | Givens.

Los Angeles Angels — Huston Street made his return from injury in a low-leverage spot, pitching a scoreless seventh down three. This was likely a scheduled appearance to ease him back into things. Street stays atop the committee for now, but the next few save chances could provide a lot of clarity on how Mike Scioscia will deploy his suddenly healthy bullpen. In other news, Bud Norris’s rehab is progressing well, and he could return after the minimum 10-day stay on the DL.

Hierarchy remains: *Street | Hernandez | Bedrosian.
* = closer-by-committee

Boston Red Sox — Joe Kelly pitched the eighth inning of a three-run game on Friday, and has seen the bulk of the highest-leverage spots ahead of Craig Kimbrel. No one is unseating Kimbrel, who is in the middle of a historic season, but Kelly has pitched well enough to earn the first crack when the closer cannot go.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Kelly | Barnes.

Detroit Tigers — K-Rod is no longer a Detroit Tiger. The active saves leader lost the closer role in May, ripped the coaching staff last week, and gave up a grand slam Thursday night. Bruce Rondon will replace him on the roster, so it’s not like things are going to get any less frustrating for Tigers fans.

Hierarchy remains: J. Wilson | A. Wilson | Greene.

Arizona Diamondbacks — JJ Hoover has shoulder inflammation and could miss some significant time. Jorge de la Rosa should get some extra work in the seventh inning with Hoover on the DL.

Updated hierarchy: Rodney | Bradley | J. de la Rosa.

Atlanta Braves — Jim Johnson got a break after throwing a combined 39 pitches on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving Arodys Vizcaino to protect a one-run lead for the Braves. He shut the door with a clean inning to snag his first save of the year. Johnson should be ready to go tonight.

Hierarchy remains: Johnson | Vizcaino | Ramirez.

Tampa Bay Rays — Austin Pruitt pitched a scoreless three innings in a blowout to earn his first career save. You know the routine: first person to send us a screenshot with him in your fantasy lineup last night earns free Premium!

Hierarchy remains: Colome | Farquhar | Diaz.

Seattle Mariners — Yovani Gallardo also pitched the last three innings of a blowout win to pick up a save in his first relief appearance since July 14, 2007. Come back in another 10 years for his next one.

Hierarchy remains: Diaz | Vincent | Cishek.

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Today:
1. Luis Garcia — Hector Neris, Pat Neshek, and Joaquin Benoit have each pitched in three of four.
2. Trevor Rosenthal — Seung Hwan Oh has pitched in three of the last four games.
3. Keone Kela — Matt Bush has struggled lately, including last night’s loss in a 31-pitch outing.

Sunday:
1. Arodys Vizcaino — Jim Johnson got Friday off, but an appearance on Saturday would be three of four.
2. David Phelps — Another appearance for A.J. Ramos will be his third in four games.
3. Jacob Barnes/Carlos Torres — The same is true of Corey Knebel.
4. Dellin Betances — And Aroldis Chapman.
5. Sean Doolittle — And Santiago Casilla.
6. Brad Hand/Phil Maton — And Brandon Maurer.