June 14, 2019
Chicago White Sox — Alex Colome got an extra day of rest after 39 pitches on Tuesday, allowing lefty Aaron Bummer to grab his first career save. Bummer has been impressive (1.37 ERA, 5 holds), and is someone to watch in the late innings. Evan Marshall (0.00 ERA) hasn’t done anything wrong, but Bummer could be in the conversation for saves if Colome leaves Chicago.
Updated hierarchy: Colome | Herrera | Bummer.
Kansas City Royals — All of a sudden, Ian Kennedy is a save machine. He cashed in his third in six days on Thursday, getting the final out with two men on in a four-run game. Kennedy has three straight Royals saves, so it’s safe to kick his asterisk. He’s the guy in KC.
Updated hierarchy: Kennedy | Peralta | Diekman.
Los Angeles Angels — A deep cut for the Vulture Save Watch! The Angels’ top dogs, Hansel Robles and Ty Buttrey, did indeed get the night off Thursday, leaving Justin Anderson for the eighth inning and Cam Bedrosian for the ninth, earning his first save of 2019.
Hierarchy remains: *Robles | Buttrey | Anderson.
* = closer-by-committee
Boston Red Sox — The Boston bullpen was stretched extremely thin Thursday after David Price recorded just four outs. Marcus Walden, Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes (who faced the 3-4-5-6 hitters in the eighth with a lead) all appeared earlier in the game, leaving well-rested long man Josh Smith — the very last man in the bullpen — to pick up his first career save. Heath Hembree was notably absent, and we learned later he was unavailable with forearm tightness. His status for Friday is unknown, so stay tuned.
Hierarchy remains: *Barnes | Workman | Hembree.
* = closer-by-committee
New York Mets — Edwin Diaz took the mound in rain-soaked New York to try to nail down the save. He had a two-run lead in the ninth when umpires ordered tarps onto the field, then reversed that decision after pressure from the teams. Diaz coughed up a couple of runs before finishing the inning, at which point play was suspended until Friday. No chance at a vulture save for the Mets, who can win only on a walk-off.
Hierarchy remains: Diaz | Lugo | Gsellman.
St. Louis Cardinals — The Cardinals were the other team involved in the suspended (and tied) game. Carlos Martinez is scheduled to begin the bottom of the ninth at 6:10 p.m. Andrew Miller has already been used, but Jordan Hicks hasn’t yet pitched, so he could still get a save opportunity.
Hierarchy remains: Hicks | Martinez | Gant.
Los Angeles Dodgers — Julio Urias pitched the final three innings Thursday to nail down his third save. Kenley Jansen was warming occasionally, but manager Dave Roberts never went to him with LA up four.
Hierarchy remains: Jansen | Baez | Urias.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Blake Parker — Taylor Rogers might still be battling back stiffness.
2. John Gant — If Jordan Hicks pitches in the suspended game and leaves with the game tied, anyone else could pick up the eventual save. John Gant hasn’t yet pitched, so he’s the most likely possibility.
3. Marcus Walden/Heath Hembree — Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman have pitched in three of four. If Hembree can’t go, Walden would be next in line with Ryan Brasier on the bereavement list.
4. Diego Castillo — Jose Alvarado remains on the restricted list.
1. Anthony Swarzak/AJ Minter — The Braves bullpen has been busy. A Friday outing would be four of six for Luke Jackson, four of five for Anthony Swarzak and three straight for AJ Minter.
2. Wily Peralta — A Friday appearance would be three of four for Ian Kennedy.