• Unfortunately for Sean Doolittle owners, he was recently placed on the DL with an “intercostal strain.” Dan Otero, who had recently been demoted to AAA, has been recalled to Oakland to replace Doolittle. According to Susan Slusser, Eric O’Flaherty is likely to fill in as closer (at first), becoming a must own in all fantasy leagues. As of this writing, O’Flaherty was warming up to pitch in the ninth inning with a save situation, a promising sign for teams looking for saves. We’ll update the grid as we get more information but for now it seems like O’Flaherty in the lead with Luke Gregerson and Otero setting up. Ryan Cook is also worth a look as he could get some saves as well, but it seems like Melvin wants to keep Gregerson and Otero in their familiar setup roles. It’s worth noting that O’Flaherty is a lefty but that didn’t seem to affect Melvin’s decision to use Doolittle as closer and in 189.2 career innings against righties O’Flaherty has a .306 wOBA against, so it’s not as if opposite handed hitters feast off of him.
• Koji Uehara‘s struggles continued after he allowed runs in a fourth consecutive appearance tonight for his fourth blown save of the season. Up 3-0 in the ninth inning, with one out and the bases loaded, Uehara relieved Clay Buchholz and proceeded to give up a fielders choice and a two-run double by Edwin Encarnacion, letting all of his inherited runners score. Luckily for Uehara owners however, he was able to “earn” the win after the Sox scored in the 10th. Craig Breslow recorded the save for Uhera, but Edward Mujica or Junichi Tazawa are next in line after Uehara in the pecking order for saves. Uehara isn’t known for being an Iron Horse and his velocity this season is down slightly from last year, but it’s also been fairly consistent throughout his excellent 2014 season. Injury or just a few bad bounces in a row, with the Red Sox not contending and Uehara being a Free Agent next season, the Sox could look to give someone else a shot at closing saves as we enter September.
• Trevor Rosenthal recorded his 39th save of the year but allowed an Andrew McCutchen solo shot in the process. Rosenthal has been shakier than fantasy owners expected this season (duh) but he’s still the closer on a competitive team with a K% at almost 30%. Pat Neshek is rosterable in a lot of leagues regardless if Rosie stays closer all season long so with trade deadlines likely passed in most leagues, teams in needs of saves (especially in NL-Only leagues) have to speculate somewhere, and this situation is certainly worth a look.
• Quick Hits: Just like Rosenthal, Jonathan Papelbon allowed a solo shot en route to a save, the 32nd of his season. Zach Britton threw a scoreless inning in a non save situation, lowering his ERA to 2.01.
[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]
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