Due to time constraints because of the start of football season and a bump in the workload for daily baseball, I am writing a shorter version of the closer report over the next five weeks.
No issue here as Zach Britton continues to put up zeroes. His last run allowed came on April 30th. Zach has been successful in all 38 save chances while extending his shutout streak to 41.1 innings.
Boston Red Sox
It appears the real Craig Kimbrel is back in Boston. Over his last 5.1 innings, he has eight Ks and five saves. Craig is 23-for-25 in save conversions with 65 Ks over 41.1 innings.
New York Yankees
Dellin Betances saw his 9.1 inning scoreless streak end on August 20th when he allowed a HR in one inning of work. Dellin converted all six save opportunities since taking over the 9th inning. Over his last 27.2 innings, Betances has a 1.30 ERA with 44 strikeouts.
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa only has one save chances since August 6th. Alex Colome allowed only three hits over his last 9.2 innings with no runs and 12 Ks to lower his ERA to 1.83. Colome blew one save chance over 29 chances in 2016.
Toronto Blue Jays
Roberto Osuna allowed three runs and four baserunners over his last 4.2 innings while still earning four saves and a blown save. Roberto still has a solid ERA (2.13) over 55 innings in 2016 with 67 Ks and 28 save over 31 opportunities.
Chicago White Sox
The up and down season of David Robertson is back moving in a positive direction. Over his last 4.2 innings, David hasn’t allowed a run with six Ks and five straight save conversions. He pushed his season total to 32 save in 38 tries while still owning some risk in ERA (3.81) and WHIP (1.37).
The closing flavor of the week in Cleveland shifted back to Andrew Miller after Cody Allen blew up when he allowed five runs and five baserunners to the White Sox on August 17th to blow his third save in 27 chances. Cody did bounce back in his next outing to earn a save, but he did issue a pair of walks. Andrew improved his shutout streak to seven innings with seven Ks while picking up a win and a save. His overall stats (1.45 ERA and 93 Ks in 56 innings) scream “best arm in the bullpen.”
After a tough ten days in early August (four runs and 11 baserunners over four innings), Francisco Rodriguez tossed two shutout innings with two saves. Francisco is 34-for-37 in save chances.
Kansas City Royals
Kelvin Herrera improved his scoreless streak to six innings while pitching five perfect innings with seven Ks in his last five games. Herrera has been successful in eight of his ten save opportunities.
The Twins have struggled to win games over the last week leading to Brandon Kintzler pitching only once over the last eight days. He extended his shutout streak to eight innings with four strikeouts. Brandon converted 12 of his 13 saves since taking over the closing job.
Ken Giles has three saves in his three opportunities since taking over the closing job in Houston, but he allowed a run in two of his chances. Over his last 22 innings, Ken has a 1.64 ERA with 39 Ks.
Los Angeles Angels
It appears Fernando Salas will have a clear path for saves going forward with Huston Street, and Cam Bedrosian pretty much done for the year. Salas has a 2.45 ERA over his last 11 innings with 11 Ks while converting both of his save tries since taking over the job.
Every closer that pitched poorly over the summer lost their job expect Ryan Madson. Ryan hasn’t allowed a run in his last 7.2 innings with six Ks, a win, and three saves. He’s 25-for-31 in save chances while getting his ERA (3.31) and WHIP (1.18) back in line.
Edwin Diaz has yet to blow a save in 10 opportunities, but he has shown some risk in his last three games (three runs and ten baserunners over three innings) as a result of poor command (five walks). His arm remains intriguing for the 2017 draft season.
There has to be some risk in the 9th inning for Sam Dyson after allowing three runs and seven baserunners over his last two innings. He’s blown two of his last five saves with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP over his last 12.2 innings. Jeremy Jeffress still hasn’t found his rhythm with Texas. He’s allowed four runs and ten baserunners in his last seven innings. I’d buy Jeffress this week for insurance if I owned Dyson.
After going ten days without a save chance, Jim Johnson earned his 11th save in 14 chances on August 23rd. Over his last 26.2 innings, Jim has a 1.69 ERA with 28 Ks. He should keep the job until he starts to regress even with Arodys Vizcaino back on the roster.
A.J. Ramos returned to the majors on August 21st. In his first two games, he tossed two shutout innings with no strikeouts. Fernando Rodney did a nice job filling for Ramos. He converted his last seven chances with one run allowed over eight innings with eight Ks. A.J. should remain the closer.
New York Mets
Jeurys Familia leads the league with 42 saves in 45 opportunities. Over his last 27 innings, Familia has a 2.00 ERA with 33 strikeouts.
Jeanmar Gomez looks to be running out of gas. Over his last five innings, Gomez allowed four runs and nine baserunners with one blown save. On the year, Jeanmar is 33-for-37 in save conversions. Hector Neris looks poised to steal the job (one run over his last 14.1 innings with one walk and 21 Ks).
There isn’t a lot of sexiness to Mark Melancon, but he just continues to pile up saves. He’s been successful in 36 of his 39 save chances in 2016 and 87 of his last 92 tries. His ERA (1.41) and WHIP (0.90) remain in a strong area.
Aroldis Chapman blew his third save in 31 chances on August 19th when he allowed a run and two baserunners over one-third of an inning. Chapman has a 1.67 ERA over his last 27 innings with 39 Ks.
After struggling on August 8th (five runs and five baserunners over two-thirds of an inning), Tony Cingrani tossed five shutout innings with three Ks and three saves. Tony is 16-for-21 in save conversions. His biggest threat for save (Raisel Iglesias) has a 0.82 ERA over his last 33 innings with 39 Ks.
Tyler Thornburg only has three successful save tries since taking over the closing job in August. He extended his shutout streak to 10 innings with 12 Ks. Tyler has a 1.08 ERA over his last 25 innings with 32 strikeouts.
Over his last six games, Tony Watson allowed two runs and eight baserunners with two Ks in 4.2 innings. Tony converted seven of his eight save chances since taking over the losing job.
St. Louis Cardinals
Seung-Hwan Oh has been elite over his last 15 innings (no runs and 13 baserunners with 19 Ks). Oh is 12-for-13 in save chances since taking over the closing role. On the year, he has a 1.82 ERA with 86 Ks in 64.1 innings.
Just when Enrique Burgos had his chance to pitch in the 9th, his game lost value. Over his last three innings, Burgos allowed three runs and five baserunners with five Ks. He has 1.90 ERA over his last 23.2 innings so he should remain the lead options for saves in this weak bullpen.
Adam Ottavino still hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings with 17 Ks since returning from the DL. Unfortunately, the Rockies have given him only two save chances since taking over the job (one converted and one blown save).
Los Angeles Dodgers
Over his last five games, Kenley Jansen allowed four runs and six baserunners over 3.1 innings with seven Ks. Kenley is 36-for-41 in save conversions with substantial success in ERA (1.89) and Ks (74).
San Diego Padres
Brandon Maurer only has two save chances since July 22nd, which he converted. His arm has lost some value over his last five innings (four runs and ten baserunners). Since taking over the closing role, Maurer has been successful in all six tries.
San Francisco Giants
The ball has yet to drop on Santiago Casilla even with six blown saves in 28 chances. Casilla has a 2.57 ERA over his last 14 innings with 14 Ks, so he’s somewhat stabilized.