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Closer Updates: A’s, Astros, BoSox, Brew Crew, Giants, Jays, Nats, Padres, Redlegs, Tigers

Another week toward the major league playoffs means an inch closer in the direction of your personal fantasy championship. If you’re still in the hunt, a scavenged save might be just the push you need. As always, we’ll explore a few different bullpen situations that have developed over the last week and discuss some potential pickups for your squad.

Boston Red SoxKoji Uehara hasn’t been used much over the past two weeks (0 saves, 3.1 IP, 18.90 ERA, 3.30 WHIP) and it seems that he may be getting some rest down the stretch. In his absence, Edward Mujica (3 saves, 4.21 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) is most likely to scavenge any saves in the BoSox bullpen moving forward.

Cincinnati Reds – Earlier this week, Aroldis Chapman’s top setup guy was sent to Milwaukee. Now, Jumbo Diaz (that’s right) should be the Reds’ eighth inning guy (3.24 ERA, 1.00 WHIP). If Chapman gets any rest down the stretch, ol' Jumbo is a good candidate for the occasional save.

Detroit Tigers – This just in… Joe Nathan (29 saves, 5.04 ERA, 1.54 WHIP) is still the closer in Detroit. Joakim Soria (17 saves, 3.58 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) looks ready to return to the major leagues soon and he’ll become a factor in the bullpen immediately. As always, a great pitching performance from Soria (or anyone really) could supplant Nathan as the closer.

Houston Astros – Last week, Tony Sipp (2 saves, 3.21 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) scavenged a save from Chad Qualls (16 saves, 3.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) – who has been dealing with some minor injuries over the past month. However, Qualls’ job is safe for now and it now appears that Sipp might be the Astros’ second option.

Milwaukee Brewers – Earlier this week, the Brewers traded two players to be named later to Cincinnati for Jonathan Broxton (7 saves, 1.86 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) – who will be a setup guy for Francisco Rodriguez (39 saves, 3.00 ERA, 0.97 WHIP). With Broxton under contract through next season, and K-Rod a free-agent-to-be, he could be the Brew Crew’s closer in 2015. However, he will not get the ninth anytime soon.

Oakland Athletics – With Sean Doolittle still out, the committee in Oakland includes Eric O’Flaherty, Ryan Cook, and Dan Otero. Over the past week, Otero has pitched the best (3.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2.10 WHIP) and might be the first option next time out.

San Diego Padres – After falling to an injury to last week, Joaquin Benoit (9 saves, 1.58 ERA, 0.82 WHIP) will likely be out for at least another week. In his absence, Kevin Quackenbush (2 saves, 2.58 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) will be getting the save opportunities and is a great opportunity for late saves.

San Francisco Giants – Late last week, manager Bruce Bochy stated that several different candidates would get save opportunities throughout the rest of the season. This committee includes Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, and Sergio Romo. Of the group, Romo (2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP over the last two weeks) is the most likely candidate to fight for his old job back.

Toronto Blue JaysCasey Janssen (20 saves, 3.82 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) is still the closer up north, but Aaron Sanchez looks like he might get a save opportunity or two in the final weeks of the season. He’s had a strong season (1.59 ERA, 0.57 WHIP), but Janssen has the support of manager John Gibbons.

Washington Nationals – Believe it or not, Rafael Soriano (2 saves, 6.00 ERA, 2.67 WHIP) has stumbled a bit in the past week. If he doesn’t get it together, manager Matt Williams might experiment with Drew Storen down (1.41 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) the stretch. However, it’s probable that Soriano will pitch through any issues.

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