May 10, 2019
Atlanta Braves — It’s been a trying time for the Braves bullpen, and the rough trend continued Thursday. Luke Jackson got the ball in the ninth with a one-run lead and gave up the game-tying HR with two outs. In the tied tenth, AJ Minter was unable to record an out, allowing a walk and two singles to lose the game. Manager Brian Snitker said that Minter (0-4, 9.82 ERA, 2.36 WHIP) would likely be sent to the minors to figure things out. We’ll slide Jackson to the top of the committee and insert rookie Jacob Webb (2.16 ERA, 11.9 K/9) until Minter regains his mojo or the Braves regain Craig Kimbrel.
Updated hierarchy: *Jackson | Winkler | Webb.
* = closer-by-committee
Texas Rangers — There was no save situation for the Rangers on Thursday, but word came down before the game that interim closer Shawn Kelley would be placed on the IL with an infection. Chris Woodward said that Chris Martin will fill the role while Jose Leclerc (three walks and a hit yesterday) tries to get back on track. Ariel Jurado (2 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks Thursday) has been a pleasant surprise for the Rangers and might see more high-leverage use moving forward.
Updated hierarchy: Martin | Leclerc | Jurado.
Cincinnati Reds — Raisel Iglesias picked up his seventh save Thursday — his first since “clearing the air” with manager David Bell after complaining to the media about his usage. Iglesias had said he was being used “horribly wrong,” but on Thursday, Bell said Iglesias would keep “doing what’s best for the team and what’s needed for the team.” Iglesias may continue to see looks in tie games, but he’s also still the team’s undisputed closer.
Hierarchy remains: Iglesias | Hughes | Lorenzen.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Brandon Kintzler — Steve Cishek has gone in four of six.
1. Jared Hughes — A Friday outing would be three straight for Raisel Iglesias.
2. Archie Bradley — Same for Greg Holland.
3. Ryan Brasier — If Matt Barnes pitches Friday, it will be three out of four.