• Quick Recap from last night: Grant Balfour picked up the save last night with Jake McGee pitching the eighth. This is still a committee and McGee is the best reliever so he’d still be my favored option in the Rays pen for fantasy. Joe Smith picked up two saves, his eighth and ninth of the season and it doesn’t seem like Grilli is taking over the ninth in the near future. Koji Uehara got the loss entering the ninth in a tie game and although he said he’s “fatigued” he was also available to pitch tonight so no injury worries, yet. If Uehera can’t close it’s unclear who is next in line. Junichi Tazawa and Andrew Miller have been better than Mujica, but Mujica received an opportunity this year. Of course Mujica pitched poorly in an inning tonight and I’d wager the Sox would go to a committee type if Uehara’s fatigue caused him to miss any time. Addison Reed did what the Diamondbacks have done all year, blown. Hector Rondon also recorded a save, his 11th of the season and after a few hiccups last week that situation is going from Red –> Yellow.
• After Balfour notched the save yesterday, Brad Boxberger converted the save today, the second of his career and his first this season. Jake McGee and Grant Balfour had pitched in the previous games so they were likely unavailable. So, although Boxberger is a solid bullpen option for the Rays, I don’t see him being a main fixture for saves. Joel Peralta who blew the lead earlier this week threw a scoreless eighth for his 10th hold of the season. Given Balfour and McGee’s recent performances, Peralta might just continue to set up.
• Cody Allen nailed his eighth save of the season getting four outs against the Dodgers. Allen’s been solid all year and I’m confidently changing him to green on the grid below. Brian Wilson struggled for the Dodgers, getting the loss after allowing three runs while only recording one out. The Dodgers pen behind Kenley Jansen is a bit of a mess, Chris Perez, Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell and even Brandon League are the main setup options and I would be surprised if the Dodgers don’t come away with some bullpen help before the trading deadline.
• Quick hits: Craig Kimbrel had the night off and Jordan Walden filled in for his third save of the year. Shae Simmons has been impressive but Walden is still behind Kimbrel in the pecking order. Fernando Rodney launched his 24th arrow today for the Mariners who are now winners of four straight. Casey Janssen picked up the W today on a scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to a sparkling 0.95. Rafael Soriano closed his 20th door with Tyler Clippard getting his 20th hold of the season.
[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]
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