September 25, 2018
New York Yankees – Aroldis Chapman pitched a clean 7th inning on Monday night, earning his first hold of the season; Dellin Betances pitched the 8th and Zach Britton pitched the 9th for the save. After a rough first outing back, Chapman has now thrown two scoreless innings. Aaron Boone has said that he hopes to have the lefty closing games come playoff time, so it seems possible-to-probable that he gets a save chance the next time one arises.
Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Betances | Robertson.
Milwaukee Brewers – Just yesterday we opined that, despite his otherworldly September, it was unlikely that Corey Knebel would see a save chance again by year’s end. But a bout of neck spasms hit Jeremy Jeffress yesterday, and sure enough, Knebel was summoned for the 9th, whereupon he earned just his second save since July. Jeffress is day-to-day.
Hierarchy remains: Jeffress | Hader | Knebel.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Fernando Rodney – Blake Treinen and Jeurys Familia have gone three of four, and with the A’s having clinched a playoff spot, they might give their top two relievers the day off today.
2. Hector Rondon – Roberto Osuna threw 20 pitches last night, and tonight would make three of four, so the Astros may just rest him to prep for the playoffs.
1. Greg Holland – If Sean Doolittle goes today, it’ll be back to back; we figure the Nats might not risk throwing him three in a row at this point.
2. Chris Martin – If Jose LeClerc goes today, it’ll be three straight.
3. Kyle Crick – If Felipe Vazquez goes today, it’ll be back to back and three of four.
4. Kenta Maeda – If Kenley Jansen goes today, it’ll be back to back and three of four.