Mariners’ bullpen continues to be unpredictable

May 12, 2019

Seattle Mariners — The Mariners have one of the most unpredictable closer situations and that will likely continue until Hunter Strickland returns.  Yesterday, Roenis Elias came on in the 3rd inning and did not fare very well.  Brandon Brennan pitched a scoreless ninth inning with the Mariners down four.  However, it’s probably best not to overreact to that usage.  One reason Elias came on so early was that he was the most rested.  This is still a true committee, and matchups will dictate who finishes off any close wins. 

Hierarchy remains: *Elias | Brennan | Rosscup.
* = closer-by-committee

Atlanta Braves — Veteran lefty Jonny Venters recorded the last out of a 6-4 Braves’ win yesterday to pick up his first save of the season.  All three members of the Braves’ hierarchy had pitched in two straight so that left Jacob Webb and Venters to combine for the last three outs.  Although the Braves have the pieces to mix and match in the ninth, we still expect Luke Jackson to be the best source for saves.

Hierarchy remains: *Jackson | Winkler | Newcomb.
* = closer-by-committee

New York Mets — In honor of Mother’s day today, Met’s closer Edwin Diaz will wear a special glove to honor the women in his life.  Diaz’s mother was diagnosed with cancer last year, but about two weeks ago, she let him know that was cancer free.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Hierarchy remains: Diaz | Lugo | Gsellman.

1. Joakim Soria – Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino have both pitched in two straight and three of four.
2. Jared Hughes – Raisel Iglesias has pitched in three of the past four, throwing a total of 54 pitches
3. Scott Oberg – Wade Davis has pitched in two of three, also throwing a total of 54 pitches

1. Kyle Crick/Francisco Liriano – Felipe Vazquez and Kyle Crick have both pitched in two straight