LaTroy Hawkins solid since returning from DL

July 2, 2012

Los Angeles Angels – Jordan Walden gave up 3 runs last night and saw his ERA climb to 3.96. LaTroy Hawkins, meanwhile, has given up just 1 run in 8 innings since returning from the DL and has a 1.10 ERA on the season.  Hierarchy change: LaTroy Hawkins to 2nd in line, replacing Jordan Walden.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedLAA |Frieri |Downs |Hawkins |Walden |7/2/12

 
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Vicente Padilla, Boston Red Sox – Alfredo Aceves has pitched 3.1 innings over the past two nights.
2. Shawn Camp, Chicago Cubs – Carlos Marmol has pitched in three straight games.
3. Jared Burton, Minnesota Twins – With with the Twins employing a true platoon, Jared Burton could get the save opp if there’s a righty-heavy ninth inning due up.

Jared Hughes nabs a save; Kyle Farnsworth returns

July 1, 2012

Tampa Bay Rays – Kyle Farnsworth pitched his first inning of year on Saturday, logging a scoreless frame in the 7th inning.  The former closer immediately slots in to the Rays late-inning hierarchy, and could push Joel Peralta for the 8th inning role.  Hierarchy change: Kyle Farnsworth to 2nd in line, replacing Jake McGee.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedTB |Rodney |Peralta |Farnsworth |Farnsworth |7/1/12

 
Pittsburgh Pirates – Jared Hughes got the last out of the 8th inning with the Pirates up three runs, then stayed on for the 9th after the Pirates added to their lead.  Hughes does not fit in to the Pirates regular late-inning plans.  No hierarchy change. 

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedPIT |Hanrahan |Grilli |Cruz |Hanrahan |6/11/12

 
Oakland A’s – Brian Fuentes was summoned in the 6th inning on Saturday with the A’s down by 4 runs, and he proceeded to give up a run on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.  Bob Melvin has said that he’s trying to work Fuentes back into a late-inning role, but the lefty isn’t helping himself, as he now sports a 6.84 ERA.  Jerry Blevins (2.51 ERA) has been a much more reliable lefty for the A’s, as he picked up a 7th inning hold on Friday.  Hierarchy change: Jerry Blevins to 2nd in line, replacing Brian Fuentes. 

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedOAK |Cook |Balfour |Blevins |Cook |7/1/12

 
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Vicente Padilla, Boston Red Sox – Alfredo Aceves pitched 2.1 innings yesterday in an extra inning game.
2. Brandon League, Seattle Mariners – Tom Wilhelmsen pitched 2 innings yesterday in an extra inning game.
3. Jared Burton, Minnesota Twins – With with the Twins employing a true platoon, Jared Burton could get the save opp if there’s a righty-heavy ninth inning due up.

Tanner Scheppers earns first save; Darren Oliver setting up in Toronto

June 30, 2012

Toronto Blue Jays – Darren Oliver pitched the 8th inning ahead of Casey Janssen on Friday, his fourth consecutive 8th inning hold.  The ageless lefty is having the best season of his career, sporting a 1.59 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.  Hierarchy change: Darren Oliver to Set-up, Francisco Cordero to 2nd in line.  

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedTOR |Janssen |Oliver |Cordero |Santos |6/30/12 |Santos (DL) |

 
Texas Rangers – With both Joe Nathan and Mike Adams unavailable, the Rangers called on young Tanner Scheppers in the 9th inning yesterday.  Scheppers was an unexpected choice, as he’d struggled so far this season since being called up in early June.  But the righty is a former first round pick, and despite some early road bumps (his current ERA is 9.31), he’s been pitching in some high-leverage spots.  Hierarchy change: Tanner Scheppers to 2nd in line, replacing Robbie Ross.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedTEX |Nathan |Adams |Scheppers |Nathan |6/30/12 |Uehara(DL) |

 
Baltimore Orioles – Matt Lindstrom got the final out of the 7th inning on Friday, and eventually earned the win in his second appearance since returning from the DL.  The hard-throwing righty has a 1.80 ERA on the season, and given his past closer experience, he’d likely be the guy the Orioles went to if Jim Johnson and Pedro Strop were unavailable.  Hierarchy change: Matt Lindstrom to 2nd in line, replacing Darren O’Day.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedBAL |Johnson |Strop |Lindstrom |Johnson |6/30/12

 
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Jared Burton, Minnesota Twins – With with the Twins employing a true platoon, Jared Burton could get the save opp if there’s a righty-heavy ninth inning due up.

Jake Diekman ascending after a steady June

June 29, 2012

Philadelphia Phillies – Chad Qualls was sent to the minors on Thursday.  Jake Diekman has a 2.08 ERA in June and has been pitching in some higher-leverage late-inning spots as of late, and will move up to take Qualls’s place.  Hierarchy change: Jake Diekman to 2nd in line, replacing Chad Qualls.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedPHI |Papelbon |Bastardo |Diekman |Papelbon |6/29/12

 
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Robbie Ross, Texas Rangers – Both Joe Nathan and Mike Adams have pitched in three straight, and four of the last five.
2. Brandon Lyon, Houston Astros – Brett Myers had a horrendous outing last night, and has pitched in four of the last five.  He could get the night off tonight.
3. Jared Burton, Minnesota Twins – With with the Twins employing a true platoon, Jared Burton could get the save opp if there’s a righty-heavy ninth inning due up.

Aaron Crow now the set-up man in Kansas City

June 28, 2012

San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo picked up his fourth save of the season on Wednesday.  Both Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt had pitched the night before, and in 4 of the last 5.  No hierarchy change.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedSF |Casilla |Affeldt |Romo |Wilson |6/28/12 |Wilson(DL) |

 
Kansas City Royals – Aaron Crow finished the 8th inning yesterday, keeping the game tied and eventually earning a win when the Royals scored in the bottom half.  On Tuesday, he pitched the 8th inning with the Royals ahead by 2 runs.  Greg Holland has struggled over the past two weeks, allowing 11 baserunners in his last 3.1 innings.  Hierarchy change: Aaron Crow to Set-up, Greg Holland to 2nd in line. 

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedKC |Broxton |Crow |Holland |Broxton |6/28/12 |Soria(DL) |

 
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. David Robertson, New York Yankees – Rafael Soriano threw 30 pitches in earning the save last night, and has now pitched in four of the last five games.