The Rays squander another chance at history

September 27, 2020

Tampa Bay Rays — The Rays had another chance to be the first team in history with 13 different pitchers recording a save. Aaron Loup was warming up but Aaron Slegers was able to record the last out to pick up his second save of the season.  We will see if the Rays get another chance on the last day of the season.

Hierarchy remains: *Anderson | Castillo | Drake.
* = closer-by-committee

Toronto Blue Jays — Anthony Bass recorded the last four outs of the Blue Jays victory to pick up his 7th save of the season.

Hierarchy remains: *Bass | Dolis | Cole.
* = closer-by-committee

Chicago White Sox — The White Sox bullpen is starting to get healthy at the right time as Evan Marshall has returned from the IL.  Marshall was immediately inserted back into his 8th inning role and pitched a scoreless inning.  Alex Colome, who has been battling back spasms, also pitched a scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 0.81 for the season.

Updated hierarchy: Colome | Marshall | Bummer.

Washington Nationals – The Nationals swept the Mets in their doubleheader yesterday with Will Harris and Daniel Hudson each recording a save.

Hierarchy remains: Hudson | Harris | Suero.

Los Angeles Dodgers — The Dodgers have already locked up the best record in baseball so they rested their entire hierarchy on Saturday.  Adam Kolarek ended up getting the last two outs of the game for his first save of the season.   

Hierarchy remains: Jansen | Treinen | Baez.

San Francisco Giants — Sam Coonrod has been placed on the IL after blowing a big save chance on Friday.  Sam Selman will jump back into the hierarchy and could see action in the late innings today in a must-win game for the Giants to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Updated hierarchy: *Watson | Rogers | Selman.
* = closer-by-committee

1. Joakin Soria – Liam Hendriks has pitched in two straight, and three of four.
2. Devin Williams – The Brewers need to win today to keep their playoffs hopes alive so they may use Josh Hader for the third day in a row even though he has thrown 43 pitches over the last two days.
3. Aaron Loup – The Rays have already clinched the best record in the AL and Aaron Loup hasn’t pitched in a week. After warming up last night, can Loup be a hero today and become the 13th Rays’ pitcher to record a save this season?
4. Chris Martin – The Braves have already locked up the two seed and will likely rest their entire hierarchy on Sunday. Martin is probably the best pitcher not on the hierarchy so maybe the Braves pick him for any save chance today
5. Duane Underwood Jr. – The Cubs are locked into the three seed and all three members of their hierarchy pitched yesterday. Maybe Duane Underwood Jr. gets a shot on Sunday.
6. Brusdar Graterol – Here is another shot in the dark as the Dodgers are also likely to rest their entire hierarchy today with nothing to play for.

1. Closer Squirrel – The Monkey will likely need a rest on Monday night and we think the Squirrel could step in