Michael Lorenzen pitching well in Cincinnati

May 23, 2017

Cincinnati Reds — Michael Lorenzen got the eighth inning ahead of Raisel Iglesias on Monday, and has allowed only one run in his last 12.1 IP. Drew Storen has been solid on the season as well, though less consistent in May (5 ER in 7 IP), and his last six appearances have come with the Reds either losing or tied. It’s possible he’s still Iglesias’s handcuff, given his prior closing experience but, for now, we’ll give the nod to Lorenzen.

Updated hierarchy: Iglesias | Lorenzen | Storen.

1. David Hernandez — Bud Norris has gone in back-to-back games and threw 35 pitches yesterday.
2. Adam Warren — Dellin Betances and Tyler Clippard have both gone back-to-back; Joe Girardi tends to shy away from using relievers in three straight games before the All-Star Break.

1. Arodys Vizcaino/Jose Ramirez — Jim Johnson, Vizcaino, and Ramirez all pitched yesterday and have gone in three of four. Anyone who goes tonight is likely out tomorrow; monitor the game to see who’ll be available.
2. Michael Lorenzen — If Raisel Iglesias goes today, it’ll be back-to-back and four of five.
3. Chris Devenski/Will Harris — If Ken Giles goes today, it’ll be three straight.

Koda Glover cementing himself at the top of the Nationals’ committee

May 22, 2017

Texas Rangers – Matt Bush’s 33-pitch outing on Friday — his third appearance in four days at the time — was apparently tiring enough that the Rangers wanted to give him a second day off on Sunday. So Keone Kela picked up the save, firing a perfect 9th inning with two strikeouts. Kela’s appearance followed another encouraging outing from former closer Sam Dyson, who struck out three in 1.2 clean innings.

Hierarchy remains: Bush | Kela | Dyson.

Washington Nationals – Koda Glover entered Sunday’s game with two outs in the 8th and the tying run on second base, striking out Nick Markakis to maintain the Nationals’ slim lead. He then stayed on for the 9th, wrapping up the 3-2 victory and taking a step towards kicking his asterisk.

Hierarchy remains: *Glover | Kelley | Albers.
* = closer-by-committee

1. Felipe Rivero – Tony Watson has gone three straight.

1. Tyler Clippard – Dellin Betances went 1.1 innings yesterday, so if he goes today, he’ll probably need Tuesday off.
2. Joakim Soria – If Kelvin Herrera goes today, it’ll be back to back and four of five.