September 24, 2018
New York Mets – Both Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo pitched on Thursday and Friday, and with the Mets looking to protect both of them from injury, they both got a second straight day off on Sunday. Anthony Swarzak got the final five outs in their place for his fourth save of the season. If you’re in a deep league and are desperate for saves in the final week, you could do worse than Swarzak, who has an outside shot at another save chance in the season’s final week.
Hierarchy remains: Gsellman | Lugo | Swarzak.
Milwaukee Brewers – He’s not likely to get a save chance again, as Jeremy Jeffress has that role nailed down for the remainder of the year, but Corey Knebel has put together an absurd final month of the season: 11.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 21 Ks. Those in dynasty leagues should look to hang on to him going into next year, as he seems to have found the form that made him a top tier closer in 2017.
Hierarchy remains: Jeffress | Hader | Knebel.
Atlanta Braves – A day after clinching the division, the Braves gave all their top relievers the day off, and Shane Carle locked down a 1-run victory. Carle has had a fine rookie season, but he’s still probably the fifth choice, at best, in this hierarchy.
Hierarchy remains: Minter | Vizcaino | Venters.
Minnesota Twins – Trevor May came into the game with the tying run on deck in the 8th, and recorded the game’s final four outs to pick up his first save of the year. He should return to his usual role of setting up for Trevor Hildenberger in the season’s final week.
Hierarchy remains: Hildenberger | Rogers | May.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Seung-Hwan Oh – Wade Davis and Adam Ottavino have gone three straight.
2. Paul Fry – Mychal Givens has pitched 3 innings over the past two days.