June 9, 2019
Baltimore Orioles — With Mychal Givens unavailable and Shawn Armstrong pitching in three of the previous four games, the Orioles went with Miguel Castro to close out a 4-1 victory. He retired all four batters that he faced for his second save of the season. Castro has not allowed a run in his last 9.1 innings and could see more time in the later innings if he keeps that up.
Updated hierarchy: *Givens | Armstrong | Castro.
* = closer-by-committee
Atlanta Braves – In a tight 1-0 game, the Braves sent Anthony Swarzak out for the seventh inning. He responded with 1.2 perfect innings for his fourth hold since getting traded to Atlanta. Swarzak has recorded three holds in three scoreless appearances in June while Jacob Webb has given up 6 runs (3 earned) during that same time period. The veteran Swarzak has only allowed one run in eight appearances for the Braves and could see more time setting up closer Luke Jackson.
Updated hierarchy: Jackson | Newcomb | Swarzak.
Milwaukee Brewers – Jeremy Jeffress pitched a perfect eighth inning ahead of Josh Hader yesterday. It was the second straight appearance where Jeffress was used to set-up Hader and the man who had 15 saves for the Brewers just last season could be settling in to give the Brewers a strong 1-2 punch at the back-end of their bullpen.
Updated hierarchy: Hader | Jeffress | Guerra.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Tyler Clippard – Brad Hand has pitched in two straight and four of five. Nick Wittgren has also pitched in two straight and three of four.
2. Kyle Barraclough – The Nationals bullpen has been working hard with Sean Doolittle, Wander Suerro, and Tanner Rainey all appearing in back-to-back games and four of the last five.
1. Sean Newcomb/Anthony Swarzak – Luke Jackson threw 26 pitches yesterday so if he pitches again today, he would likely get Monday off.
2. Brandon Workman – If Matt Barnes pitches on Sunday it will be his second straight game and three of four.