Closures and Savings Report – Week 15
A very big party is approaching this weekend and you’ll see fireworks light up the sky to celebrate: the middle of the Major League Baseball season. Some teams have already played their 81st game, but most clubs will hit that number at some point this weekend. After the 2020 season, nothing else can really be called a “weird season” in the same way, but like … 2021 has been a weird season, hasn’t it?
This week we have as always new committees in formation, old committees taken over, injuries, difficult exits, and more. Fewer and fewer bullpen relies on a single guy to wrap up their wins, but baseball managers are still creatures of habit and it doesn’t look like the closest role is anytime soon for most of them. teams.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our RotoBaller Closers and Saves Bullpen Depth Charts. They’re updated on a daily basis, if not sometimes more often in this crazy 2021 baseball season. That being said, here are the Closures, Safeguards, and Paddock Waiver Wire Pickups to consider for Week 15 – July 5th. to July 11.
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News from the pen for the week
The Phillies reliever box continued to be the Phillies reliever box this week. Even with manager Joe Girardi removing Hector Neris from the role of closer, it was none other than Hector Neris himself who won the first stoppage of the “post-Neris era” in the Phillies pen. This is an extra inning win in Game 2 of a doubles program, after Jose Alvarado made a save in Game 1 and Archie Bradley made a save in Game 2. Using Girardi’s reliever pen throughout the week implies that Alvarado is still the first choice, but Bradley will mingle and Neris is still there too. This is a field best left alone in most of the great leagues.
Elevators: Joe Girardi’s blood pressure
Fallers: Members of the Philadelphia Phillies Box
Everyone pretty much thought the Reds were just making ends meet as best they could until Tejay Antone (forearm) came back and then he would be the guy in the Cincinnati reliever box. This may were true, but Antone found himself on the injured list right away almost before anyone even noticed he was coming back. So who seems to be at the top of the Reds committee? Brad Brach. Yes, this Brad Brach. Amir Garrett and Heath Hembree will mingle, and Sean Doolittle could have a late innings or two, but it looks like Brach could be the committee leader for now. Fantasy managers desperate for stoppages can almost certainly find him on the waiver thread, unless an equally desperate manager arrived first. Garrett has been throwing better lately, so he could see a ninth inning if Brach isn’t available or if a group of lefties need to strike.
Elevators: Brad Brach, Amir Garrett
Fallers: Tejay Antone
Michael Fulmer (neck) had made his way to the top of the Tigers’ ninth inning committee, but a second trip to the injured list, this time for a neck sprain, ruled him out for at least 10 days . Jose Cisnero was already closing the gap and should now take the head of the committee in Detroit. Gregory Soto will be next on the list after Cisnero, and things could stay that way even after Fulmer returns if the two healthy guys get off to a good start. Cisnero may be worth picking up in the deeper leagues and should be available on most waiver threads.
Elevators: José Cisnero
Fallers: Michel fulmer
-The closest to the Yankees, Aroldis Chapman, has a 17.47 ERA over the past three weeks and has hit eight of the last 21 batters he’s faced. Combine that with Zack Britton (hamstring) coming back on IL, and the Bronx Bullpen appears to be in trouble.
-Kendall Graveman seems to be the leader of the Seattle reliever box for sure, with even less competition than before. He shared the committee with Rafael Montero for a while, but Montero was bad while Graveman was good, so it will be Graveman in most Mariners to save chances in the future.
-Liam Hendriks is still the undisputed closest to the White Sox, but the arms that came before him have fallen apart a bit lately. Aaron Bummer and Evan Marshall have both been placed on the injured list, so Ryan Burr and Garrett Hook will be the bridge that sends the game closer to Chicago for now.
-Paul Fry has been fine as a committee leader in the Baltimore reliever box, but Cole Sulser and Tanner Scott have both been better, so there could be a change coming for the Orioles soon. Sulser appears to be the first to attempt to overthrow Fry.
-Drew Pomeranz is back for the Padres and is immediately a fixture in every grapple league.
-Tanner Rainey on the Nationals and Ryan Tepera on the Cubs both landed on the injured list. The two high-hitting eighth-inning players aren’t expected to miss a ton of time, but they’ll leave room for the others to win catches in their respective enclosures.
-Jordan Romano is definitely the closest to Toronto now. No more committee for the Blue Jays. Romano has been excellent, registering 15 consecutive scoreless appearances and getting every save chance except one in a game where he was not available.
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