Frank Francisco blows save; Scott Downs back as closer

May 12, 2012

New York Mets – Frank Francisco blew the save last night and took the loss. Jon Rauch has been pitching well and got the save when Francisco was unavailable on Tuesday.  If Francisco continues to struggle Rauch could see more save opportunities. Frank Francisco to Hot Seat.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedNYM |Francisco |Rauch |Parnell |Francisco |5/12/12

Los Angeles Angels – The injury to Scott Downs is not serious and he should avoid a trip to the DL.  He will take over as the closer again now that he is healthy.  Hierarchy change: Scott Downs to closer, Ernesto Frieri to Set-up, Jordan Walden to 2nd in line.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedLAA |Downs |Frieri |Walden |Walden |5/12/12 |Hawkins(INJ)|

1. Juan Cruz, Pittsburgh Pirates  – Joel Hanrahan is not expected back until Sunday at the earliest so Juan Cruz should get the call if there is a save opportunity.
2. James Russell, Chicago Cubs Rafael Dolis worked two innings and threw 41 innings last night so he might get the day off on Saturday.  James Russell would likely replace Dolis for the day.




Chris Sale back to rotation; Addison Reed is the new White Sox closer

Chicago White Sox – White Sox GM Kenny Williams told that Chris Sale was being moved back to the rotation.  Apparently, after being sent to the bullpen, Sale called Williams and asked for one more shot at starting, and Williams agreed.  Williams said that Addison Reed will be the closer.  Hierarchy change: Addison Reed to Closer, Hector Santiago to Set-up, Matt Thornton to 2nd in line.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedCHW |Reed |Santiago |Thornton |Reed |5/11/12

Heath Bell regains closer role in Miami

Miami Marlins – Ozzie Guillen before Friday’s game told several Florida newspapers that the club was better with Heath Bell in the closer role. While he dodged a question about whether Bell would be closing tonight, he then went on to say: “He’s our closer. Let’s see what happens when he is back there.”  Guillen also said Steve Cishek would not be closing tonight.  Hierarchy change: Heath Bell to Closer, Steve Cishek to Set-up, Edward Mujica to 2nd in line.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedMIA |Bell |Cishek |Mujica |Bell |5/11/12

Joel Hanrahan to bereavement list, Juan Cruz as temporary closer

May 11, 2012

Washington Nationals – Ryan Mattheus pitched the 7th inning on Thursday ahead of Tyler Clippard and Henry Rodriguez and picked up his 5th hold of the season.  Hierarchy change: Ryan Mattheus to 2nd in line, replacing Sean Burnett.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedWAS |Rodriguez |Clippard |Mattheus |Storen |5/11/12 |Storen(DL) |Lidge (DL) |

New York Yankees – As noted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, David Robertson was unavailable on Thursday.  Rafael Soriano got the save in his place, allowing one run in the 9th.  No hierarchy change. 

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedNYY |Robertson |Soriano |Wade |Robertson |5/11/12

1. Juan Cruz, Pittsburgh Pirates – Joel Hanrahan has been placed on the bereavement list and will miss several games. When he was injured earlier this year, Juan Cruz got the save opportunities in his absence, and should be the first choice to close for the Pirates over the next few days.

Casey Janssen to close in Toronto; Sean Marshall, Steve Cishek to Hot Seat

Cincinnati Reds – Sean Marshall had a rough outing yesterday and was lifted by Dusty Baker in favor of Logan Ondrusek, who got the game’s final out and the save.  Marshall has been serviceable as closer this year; he has a 4.91 ERA and is 5 for 6 in save opportunities (for yesterday’s meltdown, he actually got a hold).  But set-up men Aroldis Chapman and Ondrusek are both sporting perfect 0.00 ERAs, and some fans in Cincinnati are already clamoring for a switch.  Sean Marshall to Hot Seat.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedCIN |Marshall |Chapman |Ondrusek |Madson |5/10/12

Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek blew his first save chance yesterday since being installed as closer. Prior to the game, he’d only given up 1 earned run in 14 innings, but with the Marlins 9th inning role still in flux, Ozzie Guillen could give Edward Mujica a shot sooner rather than later.  Steve Cishek to Hot Seat.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedMIA |Cishek |Mujica |Bell |Bell |5/10/12

Los Angeles Dodgers – Javy Guerra’s demotion seems to have dropped him several spots down the Dodgers bullpen hierarchy; Josh Lindblom pitched the 8th inning in a close game last night.  Hierarchy change: Josh Lindblom to Set-up, Javy Guerra to 2nd in line.

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedLAD |Jansen |Lindblom |Guerra |Jansen |5/10/12

Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays just announced that they have demoted Francisco Cordero, and that Casey Janssen would be the team’s closer until Sergio Santos returns, according to the Toronto Star.  Janssen pitched a clean 9th in his first opportunity on Wednesday; Santos will likely be out at least another two weeks.  Hierarchy change: Casey Janssen to Closer, Francisco Cordero to Set-up. 

 |Closer |Set-Up |2nd In Line |2013 Closer |UpdatedTOR |Janssen |Cordero |Perez |Santos |5/10/12 |Santos (DL) |

1. Rafael Soriano, New York Yankees – Joe Girardi said that David Robertson will have the night off tonight.  Robertson has pitched two games in a row, including a rough blown save last night.
2. Mike Adams, Texas Rangers – The Rangers and Orioles have a doubleheader today, and if Joe Nathan gets the save in game one, the Rangers could look to Adams in game two.
3. Pedro Strop, Baltimore Orioles – Ditto for the Orioles if Jim Johnson gets the save in game one.