Zach Britton returns, will try to pitch his way to a contender

June 12, 2018

Baltimore Orioles – Zach Britton was activated from the disabled list yesterday. He will be eased back into the closer role — a decision punctuated by the fact that the Orioles failed to use him at all in a 12-inning loss to the Red Sox — but he should eventually get there, as Baltimore has openly declared that he’s going to be showcased as trade bait. We’ll start him off at the first in line spot, with the understanding that he’ll likely ascend relatively soon.

Updated hierarchy: Brach | Britton | O’Day.

Tampa Bay Rays – This is still easily the most unsettled bullpen in baseball, but last night, the Rays went to Sergio Romo in the 9th with a four run lead. On days when he’s not randomly starting, he seems to be the most likely candidate to get a save chance — though Chaz Roe, Jose Alvarado, and several others could always be on hand to mix in.

Updated hierarchy: *Romo | Roe | Alvarado.
* = closer-by-committee

1. Alex Colome – Edwin Diaz has gone back to back and three of four.

1. Josh Hader – Corey Knebel threw 25 pitches yesterday; another long outing and he should get Wednesday off.