September 24, 2021
Arizona Diamondbacks — J.B. Wendelken needed just 10 pitches to get through a perfect ninth inning for his second save of the season. Tyler Clippard threw 22 pitches in the ninth inning of a 6-2 loss on Wednesday. It is becoming more evident that Wendelken is the reliever to own heading into the final week of the season.
Hierarchy remains: *Wendelken | Clippard | Ramirez.
* = closer-by-committee
Seattle Mariners – You read the Vulture Save Watch every day, so you knew Paul Sewald would allow a solo homer but retire the other three hitters he faced to earn his 10th save of the year.
Hierarchy remains: *Steckenrider | Sewald | Castillo.
* = closer-by-committee
Los Angeles Dodgers — Blake Treinen earned a 10th-inning save after Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth to send the game to extras.
Hierarchy remains: Jansen | Treinen | Kelly.
Washington Nationals — The Nationals went to Kyle Finnegan to close out Thursday’s win and he converted his 11th save of the season. Tanner Rainey, who snagged an unlikely save yesterday, walked one but struck out two in a relatively clean eighth inning to set up Finnegan.
Hierarchy remains: Finnegan | Machado | Rainey.
Minnesota Twins –When the Blue Jays loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth inning, the Twins turned to Ralph Garza Jr. to protect a 7-2 lead. He retired George Springer to get out of the jam and then stayed on in the ninth to secure his first MLB save.
Hierarchy remains: Colome | Duffey | Thielbar.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Archie Bradley (PHI) — Ian Kennedy should probably get a second day off after back-to-back 30-pitch outings. Jose Alvarado has gone in three straight.
2. Blake Parker (CLE) — Both Emmanuel Clase and Bryan Shaw have gone in three of four and Cleveland has nothing to play for.
3. Steve Cishek (LAA) — Raisel Iglesias has pitched in two straight.
4. Genesis Cabrera (STL) — There are two doubleheaders on Friday, involving the Cardinals…
5. Emilio Pagan (SD) — …Padres…
6. Codi Heuer (CHC) — …Cubs…
7. Richard Rodriguez/Luke Jackson (ATL) — …and Braves.
1. Tyler Clippard (ARI) — If J.B. Wendelken pitches today, that’ll be two straight and three of four.
2. Jhoulys Chacin/Tyler Kinley (COL) — Same for Carlos Estevez as well as Chacin.
3. Blake Treinen/Joe Kelly (LAD) — Ditto for Kenley Jansen (and Treinen and Kelly).
4. Craig Kimbrel/Michael Kopech (CHW) — And for Liam Hendriks. Yesterday, Kimbrel threw 28 pitches and Kopech opened for two innings, so there could be an off-the-board save on Saturday.
5. Cole Sulser/Dillon Tate (BAL) — If Tyler Wells goes today that’ll be two straight and four of five. Sulser threw 22 pitches last night, so he may be unavailable Saturday as well if he throws Friday.