June 20, 2022
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds late-inning corps took another hit yesterday, as Alexis Diaz was placed on the IL with right biceps tendinitis. With Lucas Sims, Tony Santillan, and now Diaz all injured, we’ll slot converted starter Jeff Hoffman on to this hierarchy. The lefty is having the best season of his career (32.1 IP, 2.78 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 34 Ks) though his control (17 BBs) leaves a lot to be desired.
Updated hierarchy: *Strickland | Hoffman | Kuhnel.
* = closer-by-committee
Boston Red Sox – John Schreiber struck out the side in the 8th inning on Sunday, picking up his 10th hold of the year. With Tanner Houck cementing himself in the 9th — we’re kicking his asterisk with the caveat that he’s still building up to more traditional closer usage — Schreiber is starting to look like the clear handcuff.
Updated hierarchy: Houck | Schreiber | Strahm.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Archie Bradley – Raisel Iglesias, Ryan Tepera, and Aaron Loup have all gone back to back and three of four.
1. Adam Cimber – Jordan Romano threw 28 pitches yesterday; another appearance tonight means he’s probably down on Tuesday.
2. Brad Boxberger – If Devin Williams goes today, it’s back to back and three of four.
3. Anthony Bass – If Tanner Scott goes today, it’s back to back.
4. Michael Fulmer – If Gregory Soto goes today, it’s back to back.