June 18, 2019
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds brought Raisel Iglesias on for a 5-out save on Monday night. But after Iglesias finished off the 8th, he walked the first batter in the 9th, then induced a pop out, then was curiously pulled for Michael Lorenzen. The move worked, as Lorenzen got the last two outs for his third save, and after the game, David Bell said that he just thought it was the right move. We’ll elevate Lorenzen on the depth chart and watch to see if this happens again.
Updated hierarchy: Iglesias | Lorenzen | Garrett.
Boston Red Sox – Fresh off bereavement leave, Ryan Brasier pitched a clean 9th inning for his 7th save of the season. Given the successful outing, look for Brasier to re-enter the closer committee in Boston.
Updated hierarchy: *Barnes | Workman | Brasier.
* = closer-by-committee
Oakland A’s – On May 9, Lou Trivino had a 1.13 ERA and was looking like one of the best set-up men in baseball, but it’s been a tough last six weeks for the righty, as he’s given up 21 runs across his last 19 appearances, pushing his ERA all the way up to 4.93. So last night, it was Liam Hendriks who bridged the gap to Blake Treinen. Hendriks has only allowed one run in 9 June appearances and should continue to see hold opportunities until Trivino can straighten himself out.
Updated hierarchy: Treinen | Hendriks | Trivino.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Wily Peralta – Ian Kennedy has gone back to back, throwing 59 pitches.
2. Craig Stammen – Kirby Yates has gone back to back and three of four.
1. Tony Watson – If Will Smith goes today, it’ll be back to back and four of five.
2. Michael Lorenzen – If Raisel Iglesias has a long outing today, he’ll likely get Wednesday off.
June 18, 2019