Brewers manager Ron Roenicke indicated after Tuesday's game that John Axford has been reinstated as the team's closer. Axford got the final out in Tuesday's win over the Cubs after Manny Parra and Jim Henderson combined to allow two runs. "This is a guy we would obviously like to be in that closer role," Roenicke said about Axford. "And the reason we took him out of it is to try and do what's best for him to get back into that role. I think when he was out of it, I think he pitched well enough to allow us the confidence that we think we can put him back in there now." Axford has a 4.85 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio over 13 innings since he was originally pulled from the role in mid-July, so he's not exactly back to top form, but he's the pitcher to own in this bullpen right now in fantasy leagues.
Thayer also blew another save last night.
Called upon to protect a 5-3 ninth-inning lead, Dale Thayer blew his third save Tuesday against the Padres. Tonight's outing isn't Thayer's fault; if Bud Black's desire is to continue to play with fire, he's going to get scorched. Rotoworld wouldn't dare stretch that cliché to include general manager Josh Byrnes, who would probably prefer, at this point, that his skipper juggles flames with late leads. After all, the Padres, 16 games below .500 entering the day, stand to acquire no worse than the third pick in next year's draft. Conspiracy theories aren't our thing. Pointing out that a 31-year-old journeyman reliever with a 4.43 career ERA shouldn't be protecting leads is. Regardless, until Huston Street returns, Thayer is roughly the 32nd-most valuable reliever in fantasy baseball.
Stupid Thayer. The guy is garbage and I dumped Gregerson for him because of SD's ineptitude in recognizing their best reliever. Wasted FAAB and probably not gonna get anything out of him except a bunch of earned runs. Apparently it's a Romo-like situation where they don't want Gregerson to be the closer because he throws so many sliders.... sounds ridiculous, but perception is reality when dealing with fantasy... or something along those lines. How many more of these outings before they cave and give Gregerson a chance?
coming into tonight both Thayer and Gregerson had pitched the previous 2 games. San Diego has a save chance tonight, and it went to.. Tommy Layne, for the save. Gregerson also pitched in the game, in the 8th. for what it's worth, Pittsburgh had Jones, Sanchez, Alvarez batting in the 9th and Jones/Alvarez are both LH batters to face LH Layne.
SV Ops for BOS and LAA both tonight, but neither Aceves nor Frieri are used cause they were busy sucking last night. Related, is A. Bailey picked up a 1.1 IP Save tonight for Boston. Thoughts on him supplanting Aceves in closing games in Beantown?
Lopez has been getting some saves in San Fransisco.
Javier Lopez retired all four batters he faced Friday to earn his fourth save versus the Braves. Now this is different. In fact, he faced as many batters tonight as he did total in his first three saves. Lopez entered the night with a .436 average against versus righties, so he's not going to getting save chances like this with any frequency; his remaining saves figure to be of the one- and two-out variety. Things lined up great for him tonight, though; the only right-handed he had to face was switch-hitter Chipper Jones.
Frieri was unavailable tonight. Scott Downs came in to relieve Greinke in the 8th to get LH Fielder out. then came back out for the 9th and got LH Boesch out. but then was replaced by Garrett Richards who got RH Young and RH Peralta for the save. I find that interesting. it's not like Downs was in any trouble, not giving up any hits or walks.