Adam Morgan pitching well in Philadelphia

September 27, 2017

Philadelphia Phillies – Adam Morgan, who has allowed just two runs over his last 25 innings, has recorded a hold in each of his last three appearances, twice pitching after Edubray Ramos. While the lefty isn’t likely to get a save during the final week, he may be worth an add if you’re looking for holds.

Updated hierarchy: Neris | Garcia | Morgan.

Kansas City Royals — Joakim Soria looks to have reclaimed the eighth inning since coming off the DL. Kelvin Herrera pitched the seventh ahead of Soria in a 2-1 win on Tuesday, and may do more of the same to finish the season.

Updated hierarchy: *Minor | Soria | Herrera.
* = closer-by-committee

Pittsburgh Pirates – Steven Brault allowed just two hits over the final three innings of a 10-1 Pirates win en route to picking up his first career save.

Hierarchy remains: Rivero | Kontos | Hudson.

1. AJ Ramos – Jeurys Familia has pitched in two straight and four of five.

1. Tyler Lyons/Seung Hwan Oh – Juan Nicasio threw 31 pitches to get the final four outs in Tuesday’s win. The Cardinals are fighting for the final Wild Card spot, but if Nicasio throws a lot of pitches again on Wednesday, he may get a night off on Thursday.


Jeurys Familia, Kyle Barraclough worth adding for season’s final week

September 26, 2017

New York Mets – Jeurys Familia had a rocky outing (2 runs on 2 hits) in yesterday’s nightcap, but still managed to get the save, his second in the last four days. The Mets have every intention of going into 2018 with Familia as their closer, and so he’s probably a better bet for saves in the season’s final week than AJ Ramos. If you’re still fighting for saves and Familia is available, consider picking him up — though hang on to Ramos, too, if you have the space, as the Mets had previously expressed concern about using Familia in back to back games.

Updated hierarchy: *Familia | Ramos | Blevins.
* = closer-by-committee

Miami Marlins – Kyle Barraclough blew his first chance at closing earlier this month, but the Marlins gave him another look in the 9th inning yesterday, and Barraclough converted for his first save of the year. Like with the Mets and Jeurys Familia, the Marlins might just let Barraclough close for the season’s final week with an eye on 2018. Committee tag, aweigh!

Updated hierarchy: *Barraclough | Ziegler | Steckenrider.
* = closer-by-committee

Seattle Mariners – Journeyman lefty Andrew Albers got his first career save on Monday, throwing the final three innings of a Mariners blowout. He does not factor in to their usual late inning plans, but if you somehow had him in your lineup yesterday, send us a screenshot and win Closer Monkey Premium for all of 2018!

Hierarchy remains: Diaz | Vincent | Rzepczynski.

1. Brandon Kintzler – Sean Doolittle pitched yesterday and may not go back to back for the remainder of the regular season.
2. AJ Ramos – Jeurys Familia pitched yesterday and has gone in three of four.

1. Ryan Tepera – If Roberto Osuna goes today, it’ll be three straight.