• With Jonathan Papelbon unavailable tonight, the Phillies used Antonio Bastardo for the save tonight against the Marlins. Bastardo isn’t likely to receive many (if any) save opportunities for the rest of the season (or next), but it’s worth noting he’s pitched better than his 4.57 ERA would indicate. Bastardo has elite strikeout ability and with a 3.29 xFIP Bastardo is still one of the highly touted set-up men as we expected early in the season and he could even help out some of your ratios.
• After proving himself as being human in his last outing, Aroldis Chapman looked fallible again tonight, walking three in two-thirds of an inning. Chapman isn’t in danger of losing his job but those in deep leagues in need for saves (or Chapman owners wanting a hand-cuff) could stand to take a flier on Jonathan Broxton or Sean Marshall. Broxton probably has a greater chance to receive save opportunities if Aroldis were to have a prolonged bad streak but Marshall is the better pitcher with more striktout potential (10.83 K/9).
• Francisco Cordero was released by the Astros today with a 7.55 ERA on the season. Cordero struggled all season long but was particularly bad after he was traded to the Astros, giving up 11 runs in only six appearances for them before landing on the DL in early August. Wilton Lopez has done a solid closing for the Astros since Cordero hit the DL and although there is nothing flashy about closing for the worst team in baseball, Lopez has great control (0.95 BB/9) and with a 2.72 xFIP, he can possibly help out you ratios as every little bit can help you win your league.
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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Wade Davis (TB) @ BAL
Wade Davis has been terrific for the Rays in relief this season (3.41 xFIP; 10.48 K/9) and has only given up one earned run in his last 20.1 innings pitched. The Rays and Orioles are both fighting for a playoff spot and potential division title and the Rays will want to use all the tools at their disposal, including Davis.
[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]