Jose Alvarado set to rejoin the Rays

August 13, 2018

New York Yankees – After Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton both appeared in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader with the Orioles, Adam Ottavino was tasked with the 9th inning in the nightcap. Ottavino converted for his second save of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Britton | Ottavino.

Tampa Bay Rays – Jose Alvarado is close to rejoining the Rays and could do so as soon as today. As long as Alvarado is sharp, he could quickly rejoin the closer committee in Tampa.

Hierarchy remains: *Pagan | Castillo | Poche.
* = closer-by-committee


1. Nick Wittgren – Brad Hand has pitched on back to back days, blowing saves (and then earning wins) on both occasions. He threw 45 pitches total and could get today off.
2. Fernando Rodney – Sean Doolittle has gone back to back and three of four.
3. Zack Britton – Aroldis Chapman has gone back to back; with the Yankees resting comfortably atop the AL East, they won’t make Chapman pitch three straight.

1. Ryan Pressly/Aaron Bummer – The Astros and White Sox have a doubleheader today, which could mean unorthodox pen usage.