Heath Hembree quickly becoming trusted reliever in Boston

July 8, 2019

Tampa Bay Rays – With Jose Alvarado expected to miss some time with a strained oblique, the Rays are likely to lean more heavily on lefty Colin Poche when they need to play matchups. Poche picked up his 5th hold of the season on Sunday by retiring the last batter of the 8th inning.

Updated hierarchy: *Pagan | Roe | Poche.
* = closer-by-committee

Boston Red Sox – Heath Hembree, in just his second appearance off the IL, was tasked with the 9th inning on Sunday, and he converted for his second save of the season. Hembree also pitched the 9th in his first outing, albeit with a 4-run lead, but this usage indicates he is likely to get more save chances going forward, especially if the Sox backtrack on their plans to move Nate Eovaldi to the pen.

Updated hierarchy: *Barnes | Hembree | Workman.
* = closer-by-committee