With the MLB season in its final stretch run, some bullpen hierarchies have stayed steady, while others have become more and more muddled. Though some managers may keep fantasy owners guessing, it is important to at least have an idea of who has a chance at a save, and who is most likely not even going to appear in a game today. Don’t sleep on saves! In a shortened season, they all count that much more.
- Héctor Neris has worked the last two games and even picked up a save yesterday while Brandon Workman hasn’t pitched since Saturday. Neris may be working his way back into the role, but I’d imagine if a situation presents itself today, Workman would get another chance.
- Blake Treinen has pitched the last two days while Kenley Jansen has worked 3 of the last 4 days but may still be available for tonight’s game. If both get the day off, I’d expect Pedro Báez to fill in as the teams closer.
- Nick Anderson and Diego Castillo continue to split save chances, with Anderson getting a save last night. Look for Castillo to get a chance tonight if the Rays need someone to close things out.
- Stefan Crichton seems to have taken over as the Diamondbacks full time closer and despite closing out last night’s game, he should be good to go tonight should a save chance arise.
- Ty Buttrey and Matt Andriese are currently in the mix for saves for the Angels, with Andriese picking up a loss in the 8th inning of last night’s games while Buttrey worked the 9th. If the Angels get a save opportunity tonight, expect Buttrey to get the chance.
- Austin Gomber and Brett Suter are starting game two of the Cardinals/Brewers doubleheader, with neither expected to work more than 3 innings. Look for Freddy Peralta to pitch after Suter and Alex Reyes to pitch after Gomber.
- Cole Hamels is making his first start of the season tonight and could be on a pitch count (55-60 pitches), so look for Bryse Wilson to work after him against the Orioles. It’s also possible Jasseel De La Cruz makes his MLB debut after Hamels.
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