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Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Total Saves: 32
Closer: Committee
(9/19) The Diamondbacks aren't recording many saves of late, with Ian Kennedy tallying Arizona's lone save this month back on September 2nd. Kennedy has three of the D'Backs' last four saves to bring his season total to double digits, which he has accomplished in three of the last four seasons. Meanwhile, Reyes Moronta has finished the game for the D'Backs in his last three appearances and figured to have vaulted ahead of Kennedy for closing duties. Mark Melancon hasn't had a save since August 17, but still has 17 on the season after leading MLB in the saves category last year. Lefty Joe Mantiply has remained in a setup role and has the second-best walk rate in the league among qualified relievers, though he had some hiccups at the end of August. Caleb Smith and Kevin Ginkel round out the remaining leverage options for manager Torey Lovullo.
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Atlanta Braves
Team: Atlanta Braves
Total Saves: 52
(9/13) Kenley Jansen ranks second in the league with 33 saves through mid-September, but has blown three of his last seven save chances and has seen his ERA rise from 3.04 to 3.91 thanks to seven earned runs - including three home runs - allowed over his last 5.2 innings. Newly acquired Raisel Iglesias has not allowed a run over his last 14 appearances, spanning 12.2 innings. Signed through 2025, he's likely to assume Atlanta's closer role in 2023, but perhaps he gets the job sooner if Jansen continues to struggle over this coming week or two. Jansen's stability as the Braves closer takes a slight hit, but his longevity closing out games and ability to work through his command issues last season gives us confidence in his rest of season outlook. Meanwhile, A.J. Minter is among the league leaders in holds and is especially valuable in leagues that account for this category. He has the fourth highest K-BB percentage in the league at 30.7 percent.
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  1. 6/29:A.J. Minter, who logged his first save of the season Tuesday at Philadelphia, has appeared in 3 games in 4 days. This makes Will Smith the likeliest candidate for a save chance if one were to arise Wednesday.
Baltimore Orioles
Team: Baltimore Orioles
Total Saves: 44
Closer: Felix Bautista Day-To-Day
(9/16) Felix Bautista recently missed a week of games with arm fatigue, but returned to action in mid-September. He's currently anchoring an Orioles bullpen that has been a strength of the team all season, even after the departure of Jorge Lopez at the trade deadline. Bautista has been dominant all year and quickly dispatched manager Brandon Hyde's suggestion of using a matchup based closer committee after Lopez was traded. Dillon Tate, Cionel Perez and rookie Joey Krehbiel have remained in high leverage roles, with Tate the likeliest to fill in for saves when Bautista is unavailable.
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Boston Red Sox
Team: Boston Red Sox
Total Saves: 37
Closer: Committee
(9/21) John Schreiber leads the Red Sox with three saves this month and has not allowed an earned run over his last 12 appearances. Consider him the favorite for saves in this bullpen for the time being, with old friend Matt Barnes and lefty Matt Strahm mixing in. Garrett Whitlock (hip) led Boston with three saves last month, but will undergo season-ending surgery.
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  1. 6/27:Tanner Houck was placed on the restricted list Monday prior to Boston's three-game series at Toronto. Matt Strahm and John Schreiber are the likeliest candidates for save opportunities should any arise during the series.
  2. 10/11:Hansel Robles exited Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday due to a stomach illness after allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning. He should be considered day-to-day due to his illness. Assuming he tests negative for COVID-19, it wouldn't be surprising to see the right-hander available for Game 4 on Monday. It was the first earned run he's allowed since August 29.
  3. 10/5:Entering tonight's AL Wild Card game against the Yankees, Hansel Robles has not allowed an earned run in 15 consecutive outings. Both he and Adam Ottavino enter tonight's contest with two-days rest, while Garrett Richards and Garrett Whitlock have had one day of rest after both pitched on Sunday.
Chicago Cubs
Team: Chicago Cubs
Total Saves: 43
Closer: Committee
(9/16) Rowan Wick has not allowed a run over his last six appearances for the Cubs, but last tallied a save for Chicago on August 31. Rookie Brandon Hughes has recorded two of the Cubs' three saves this month, with the other and most recent save going to Mark Leiter. Manuel Rodriguez is probably out of the mix for saves at the moment since his form has not been sharp, while Michael Rucker and Erich Uelmen are potential closer committee members for manager David Ross. Jeremiah Estrada picked up nine saves in the minors this season, but figures to pitch in lower leverage until he gets acclimated to the big leagues. Ultimately, this is a situation to avoid if you're seeking saves over the final weeks of the regular season.
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Cincinnati Reds
Team: Cincinnati Reds
Total Saves: 30
Closer: Committee
(9/19) Reds manager David Bell likes fluid bullpen roles as 10 Cincinnati relievers have combined for 28 saves this season. It looked like he was he's finally giving his best reliever, Alexis Diaz, an extended look as the Reds closer, but he has recorded just one of the Reds' three saves in the month of September, with Ian Gibaut and Buck Farmer tallying the other two. Hunter Strickland is tied for the team lead with seven saves, but has pitched in a setup capacity of late. Diaz is probably the only Reds reliever worth rostering at the moment, but don't count on him for many saves rest of season.
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Cleveland Guardians
Team: Cleveland Guardians
Total Saves: 49
(9/19) Emmanuel Clase has been the best reliever in the American League this season, earning Reliever of the Month honors in June and closing out an AL win in the All-Star Game. He's been even better than last season with a WHIP lower than 0.72 through mid-September and an 84% team save share. Should his success continue over the remainder of the season, Clase is primed to be one of the top two closers off the board in 2023 drafts. Last year's part-time co-closer, James Karinchak, has been outstanding of late, recently pitching 24.2 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run. Trevor Stephan, Enyel De Los Santos, Sam Hentges, Eli Morgan an Bryan Shaw have all logged important innings for Cleveland, who collectively rank inside the top 10 for bullpen ERA.
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Team Notes
  1. 7/1:Emmanuel Clase has appeared in each of the last 3 games. It's likely that Eli Morgan or Trevor Stephan would receive a save chance if one were to arise tonight against the Yankees.
Colorado Rockies
Team: Colorado Rockies
Total Saves: 40
Closer: Daniel Bard
(9/19) Rockies manager Bud Black typically sticks with one primary closer and Daniel Bard has been his preferred option for ninth inning duties all season with a dominant 80 percent team save share through mid-September. Somehow, the 37-year-old found the fountain of youth this year and has already set career-highs in saves and average fastball velocity, thus earning him a 2-year extension that he signed a few days before the trade deadline. As long as Bard keeps performing, he'll be the favorite to close for the Rockies again next season. Dinelson Lamet was an interesting claim by the Rockies who has performed well since the transaction. Lamet has a 2.81 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over 16 innings with the Rockies thus far. Colorado also held onto upcoming free-agents Alex Colome and Carlos Estevez at the deadline. Colome offers 159 career saves and a 50-plus percent groundball rate, while Estevez has some closing experience should Bard be unavailable. Jake Bird (nearly 12.0 K/9 in minors) was a closer in waiting candidate, but now that Bard is signed through 2024, likely won't come across many save opportunities.
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Chicago White Sox
Team: Chicago White Sox
Total Saves: 46
(9/19) Liam Hendriks has not pitched to expectations this season after he was one of the first two closers off the board in drafts this spring. He's still among the leaders in the saves category, but his strikeout and walk rates have regressed and he even missed time earlier this season with a forearm injury. Hendriks' barrel rate, average exit velocity and hard hit percentage are all below average which has led to some ratio regression, but several metrics within his profile remain elite and he's only three saves shy of the league lead. Kendall Graveman and especially Reynaldo Lopez have been great in setup roles, while Aaron Bummer recently returned after a shoulder injury and lengthy absence. Veterans Joe Kelly and Jake Diekman are also expected to pitch important innings for Chicago over the remainder of the season.
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Detroit Tigers
Team: Detroit Tigers
Total Saves: 35
(9/19) Manager A.J Hinch announced shortly after the 2021 season that Gregory Soto would be his closer for 2022 and the southpaw has held that role through mid September. However, Soto endured a brutal August (7.11 ERA, 1.82 WHIP) during which he walked more batters than he struck out has seen his stability in the role decline. Joe Jimenez, who is having the best season of his young career, recently tallied a save in late August and Alex Lange and Andrew Chafin represent fallback options if Soto's struggles persist.
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Houston Astros
Team: Houston Astros
Total Saves: 50
(9/19) For as good as Ryan Pressly has been for the Astros this season, he's made a few trips to the IL due to knee and neck issues and has ceded 13 saves to Rafael Montero. Montero is the clear backup for saves in Houston, but Hector Neris, Bryan Abreu and Will Smith comprise an excellent bridge as ancillary save options for Dusty Baker.
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  1. 7/1:Ryan Pressly has recorded a Save in each of the past 2 days. He has yet to work 3 games in a row this season, so it's likely a save chance would go to Rafael Montero on Friday.
  2. 9/29:Ryan Pressly is currently managing a knee issue and hasn't pitched since Saturday. Kendall Graveman was placed on the paternity list Tuesday. Look for Ryne Stanek or Yimi Garcia as the favorites to pitch in potential save opportunities for the next couple days if Pressley remains unavailable.
Kansas City Royals
Team: Kansas City Royals
Total Saves: 32
Next in Line: Dylan Coleman , Jose Cuas
(9/7) Scott Barlow has 21 of the Royals' 28 saves through early September, which is good for a 75% team save share despite Kansas City ranking in the bottom five of the league in the category. Barlow's velocity and strikeout rate are down this season, but he has a career-best WHIP and his low BABIP is positively impacting his ERA. With Josh Staumont (biceps) and Taylor Clarke (oblique) on the IL, his stability as the Royals' closer is high even though manager Mike Matheny has not been afraid to use fluid bullpen roles in the past. With Staumont and Clarke unavailable, Jose Cuas and Dylan Coleman are candidates to see ancillary save chances over the remainder of 2022. Amir Garrett also has past experience in the closer role and has not given up a home run this season.
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Los Angeles Angels
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Total Saves: 37
Closer: Committee
(9/19) Just when it appeared like Los Angeles was willing to give its best reliever, Jimmy Herget, an extended look in the closer role, the team's most recent saves in mid-September have gone to Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup. Expect manager Phil Nevin to mix and match in the ninth inning for the rest of the season.
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Los Angeles Dodgers
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Total Saves: 42
Closer: Committee
(9/23) Craig Kimbrel has struggled to find consistency for the Dodgers this season. After recently recording nine straight appearances without allowing an earned run, he's now allowed at least one run in three of his last four outings. With the playoffs soon approaching, it appears manager Dave Roberts will reconsider his ninth inning options. Whether that's a closer committee or one set closer remains to be seen, but it's worth noting that Chris Martin and Justin Bruihl have tallied the two most recent saves for the Dodgers. Roberts mentioned Kimbrel's stuff - including his fastball velocity - starting to slide, as evidenced by his strikeout rate that is over 15 percent lower than it was last season. Kimbrel may not be totally out of the picture for saves, but he's no longer the favorite to close games for Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Martin has been outstanding of late. Since August 15, he sports a 1.23 ERA, 0.48 WHIP and 21:1 K:BB ratio over 14.2 innings. Evan Phillips has been impressive too, with a 0.69 ERA and 0.54 WHIP since that date. Roberts may elect to mix and match between those relievers given their current form, but Brusdar Graterol is back in the fold after dealing with inflammation in his elbow. Blake Treinen (shoulder) is facing a brief shutdown in his rehab, but will be re-evaluated this weekend and could provide additional reinforcement for the playoffs.
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  1. 10/14:Corey Knebel will serve as the opener for Thursday's NLDS Game 5 matchup against the Giants. Knebel filled the opener role four times during the regular season, allowing one run in a combined 5.2 innings of work. Julio Urias is expected to follow him in bulk relief.
  2. 10/6:The Dodgers' highest-leverage relievers are well rested, as Jansen, Treinen and Vesia enter Wednesday's NL Wild Card game against the Cardinals on 4 days rest.
Miami Marlins
Team: Miami Marlins
Total Saves: 38
Closer: Dylan Floro
(9/19) Tanner Scott has been one of the best waiver wire additions for saves in 2022, but now may be the time to cut bait and look elsewhere if you haven't done so already. Scott has 19 saves on the season, but hasn't recorded one since August 23 and his last seven appearances have come in the eighth inning or earlier. Dylan Floro appears to be Don Mattingly's preferred option for saves at the moment, but Miami hasn't even been playing competitive ball. They're just 5-12 in September after recently suffering a 9-game skid. Plus, the Marlins close out their season with nine straight games against the Mets, Brewers and Braves.
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Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Total Saves: 51
Closer: Committee
(9/13) Since Milwaukee traded Josh Hader to the Padres, manager Craig Counsell has deployed a closer committee that includes Devin Williams and Taylor Rogers. The team has recorded 11 saves since the deadline, with Williams recording six of them, Rogers three and Matt Bush two. Many expected Williams to step into full-time closer duties sans Hader, but he's still the favorite for saves in Milwaukee despite a lesser-than-expected outcome for fantasy purposes. Earlier this year, the All-Star reliever went 30 consecutive games without allowing a run and he will benefit your ratios and strikeouts even if not getting saves. Prior to a recent rough series at Colorado, Rogers had an 8-game scoreless outing streak with a 12:1 K:BB over 8.2 innings. Bush has struck out 24 over 16.1 innings since joining the Brewers, but has been charged with four blown saves as well. Veteran Brad Boxberger is also around to provide ancillary save support if the trio is unavailable.
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Minnesota Twins
Team: Minnesota Twins
Total Saves: 27
Closer: Jhoan Duran
(9/19) The Twins significantly revamped their bullpen at the trade deadline by acquiring former Orioles closer, Jorge Lopez, along with Michael Fulmer from Detroit. Unfortunately, Lopez has not pitched well since the acquisition and appears to have lost the closer role to prized rookie Jhoan Duran. Duran has been electric this season with excellent ratios, eight saves, 18 holds and a 34 percent strikeout rate. Fulmer is among the league leaders in the holds category and has improved his walk rate in recent weeks despite a career worst mark in the category thus far. Emilio Pagan was volatile as Minnesota's closer earlier this season and was relegated to lower leverage months ago. Griffin Jax has also performed well in higher-leverage spots this season with 18 holds after working as a starter last year.
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New York Mets
Team: New York Mets
Total Saves: 40
Closer: Edwin Diaz
Next in Line: Adam Ottavino , Seth Lugo
(9/7) Sound the trumpets! Edwin Diaz, who is in the final year of his contract with New York, has been in elite form in 2022 with a career-best 49% strikeout rate and league leading 40.8% K-BB percentage. He has solid veterans behind him for ancillary save support in Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo and Mychal Givens, who the Mets acquired from the Cubs near the deadline.
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New York Yankees
Team: New York Yankees
Total Saves: 45
Closer: Committee
(9/23) Clay Holmes has secured three of New York's five saves in September, but he's given up six runs (four earned) in his last four outings, prompting manager Aaron Boone to shift to a committee approach. Aroldis Chapman has delivered three scoreless outings since his return from a leg infection, but had to be pulled from his latest outing due to command issues. Newly acquired Scott Effross is back from a shoulder injury and will likely leapfrog Chapman in the pecking order for saves. Former A's closer Lou Trivino has given up only three earned runs across 17 innings since joining the Yankees, but he has zero saves and just one hold for New York. Jonathan Loaisiga has been much better since the All-Star break, while Zack Britton is back after a successful minor league rehab during which he allowed just one earned run over 6.2 innings. Wandy Peralta (back) has been reliable this season and tallied three saves recently before hitting the IL.
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  1. 7/1:Aroldis Chapman was activated from the 15-day IL. Clay Holmes has worked 3 games in the last 5 days, but did not pitch yesterday. Don't be surprised if the Yankees elect to give Holmes another day of rest with Chapman back. It's possible Chapman gets the call tonight if a save opportunity were to arise.
  2. 6/29:Aroldis Chapman is likely to return Friday.
  3. 10/5:Entering tonight's AL Wild Card game, Aroldis Chapman has a career 6.43 ERA and 2.07 WHIP in 14 innings at Fenway Park. However, he logged a 2.70 ERA against Boston this season with a 8:4 K:BB in 6.2 innings, albeit with two home runs allowed.
  4. 9/29:Jonathan Loaisiga (shoulder) will likely be activated Wednesday.
Oakland Athletics
Team: Oakland Athletics
Total Saves: 33
Next in Line: A.J. Puk , Tyler Cyr
(9/23) After being a logical candidate to see save chances all season, Domingo Acevedo is finally starting to seen ninth-inning duties as of late for Oakland, recording the team's last four saves. Dany Jimenez (shoulder) leads the A's with 11 saves, while A.J. Puk and Zach Jackson (shoulder) represented the most trusted high leverage options for manager Mark Kotsay. Unfortunately, Jimenez and Jackson are out for the rest of the season, which has allowed others like Tyler Cyr (their Triple-A closer), Sam Moll and Kirby Snead more leverage opportunities. Joel Payamps and Austin Pruitt should also see time in the late innings for the A's, but Acevedo is the relief pitcher to roster from Oakland right now.
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Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Total Saves: 40
Closer: Committee
(9/20) Seranthony Dominguez missed nearly a month on the IL with a triceps injury and imploded in his most recent appearance, giving up five earned runs at Atlanta. Overall, he's been Philadelphia's best reliever this season and will be trusted to right the ship as the Phillies continue to compete for the NL Wild Card spot. Dominguez is still in the mix for saves, though the last two have gone to David Robertson, who has been serviceable in the late innings since his mid-season acquisition. Connor Brogdon, Brad Hand and Andrew Bellatti have also tallied saves for the Phillies this season and could earn ninth inning duties when Robertson and Dominguez are unavailable.
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Pittsburgh Pirates
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Total Saves: 31
(9/23) David Bednar was recently activated by the Pirates after missing nearly two months with a back injury. When healthy, he's one of the most secure closers in the league, as the Pirates simply don't have many other options to close out games. While he was out, five different Pittsburgh relief pitchers combined for six total saves, which is a reminder that there simply aren't many save chances to be had.
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San Diego Padres
Team: San Diego Padres
Total Saves: 46
Closer: Josh Hader
(9/19) Nick Martinez secured four straight saves for San Diego after Josh Hader was demoted from the closer role in late August, but Martinez hasn't picked up a save since Aug. 30, while Hader has successfully converted San Diego's past four saves. Hader hasn't been scored upon in four straight appearances, so his stability is back on the rise upon showing signs of his formerly dominant self. Martinez should remain the next man up, while Luis Garcia and Robert Suarez are depth options.
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Seattle Mariners
Team: Seattle Mariners
Total Saves: 39
Closer: Committee
(9/20) Paul Sewald leads Seattle with 19 of the team's 37 saves through late-September, with Andres Munoz, Erik Swanson and Chris Flexen also pitching in of late to make this a quasi-committee. Diego Castillo hasn't recorded a save since mid-July, but has six on the season for the Mariners. Munoz has been utterly dominant in high leverage since late May and is signed long-term on a fairly cheap contract. However, they have yet to give him an extended look in the closer role despite Sewald and Castillo having two more years of arbitration remaining. Swanson has performed exceptionally well and has flown under the radar this season.
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San Francisco Giants
Team: San Francisco Giants
Total Saves: 39
(9/20) The 2021 Giants bullpen led the league with a 2.99 ERA last year, but this unit has not been sharp this season and now ranks in the bottom 10 by bullpen ERA. Camilo Doval was electric as the Giants closer in last year's playoffs as he has carried that momentum through to 2022 by maintaining the role all season. Doval's strikeout and walk rates have regressed slightly and he's struggled to find consistency, but he's the unquestioned closer in San Francisco. With Dominic Leone recently released and Zack Littell optioned to the minors, it has been Scott Alexander, Tyler Rogers and John Brebbia setting up Doval. Rogers, in particular, has not been as productive this season as he was last year, but has been better of late with a 1.17 ERA over the last month.
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  1. 10/4:The Giants bullpen gets a much-needed break after winning the NL West. Camilo Doval, in particular, pitched 4 times in 5 days during the final week.
  2. 10/1:Doval, Rogers and Leone have worked 2 out of the past 3 games, with Rogers throwing 47 pitches over that span. Strong possibility Rogers gets the night off against San Diego.
  3. 9/30:Doval earned his 2nd big-league save on Wednesday and may be the new closer in San Francisco.
  4. 9/29:The plans for Jake McGee (oblique) beyond Wednesday aren't entirely clear, but so long as he gets through mound work without any setbacks, a return to the Giants' bullpen for the final regular-season series against the Padres might not be out of the question.
St. Louis Cardinals
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Total Saves: 37
(9/20) Manager Oliver Marmol's 'closer by calculation' strategy has benefited Ryan Helsley with a majority share of the Cardinals save chances since late May. Giovanny Gallegos has also tallied double-digit saves for the second straight season and is the clear backup to Helsley. He tends to pitch in a few saves per month, so grab Gallegos if you're desperate in the category. Long men Jordan Hicks (neck) and Chris Stratton having closing experience and comprise the bridge to the late innings.
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  1. 10/6:The Cardinals' highest-leverage relievers are well rested, as Gallegos, Cabrera and Reyes enter Wednesday's NL Wild Card game against the Dodgers on 4 days rest, while Garcia is on 3 days rest.
  2. 10/1:Garcia earned his 2nd save of the season Thursday night as the Cardinals give Gallegos some much deserved rest before the playoffs. Gallegos has logged a new career-high 79.1 innings this season.
Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Total Saves: 44
Closer: Committee
(9/20) We've come to expect varied late-inning usage from manager Kevin Cash and 2022 has been no different with 10 different relievers combining for 43 saves through late September. However, Pete Fairbanks has tallied four of the team's six saves this month, so perhaps he's closing out the season on a more traditional usage pattern. Fairbanks and Jason Adam lead the Rays with eight saves apiece, while Colin Poche has recorded seven but not one since August 5. Brooks Raley is next with six saves, while Andrew Kittredge tallied five saves before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in June. Unless you recently picked up Fairbanks, or he is still available in your league, this unit is one to avoid rest of season if you need saves.
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  1. 10/11:Collin McHugh will serve as the Rays' opening pitcher Monday against the Red Sox as part of a bullpen day in Game 4 of the ALDS, Manager Kevin Cash hasn't appointed a primary pitcher to work behind McHugh, as the Rays will instead likely turn to a cadre of arms to fill innings out of the bullpen. Josh Fleming, JT Chargois, Pete Fairbanks, J.P. Feyereisen, Andrew Kittredge and Matt Wisler tossed 20 pitches or fewer in Sunday's 13-inning loss, so the Tampa Bay bullpen should be relatively fresh for Monday's contest.
Texas Rangers
Team: Texas Rangers
Total Saves: 35
(9/13) Texas hasn't been winning many games of late - they recently endured a 9-game losing streak - but the close games they've won recently have been closed out by Jose Leclerc. Both Lerclerc and Jonathan Hernandez made their returns in the second half this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and represent Texas' primary save candidates moving forward, with a favorable 80/20 lean towards Leclerc. Joe Barlow (blister) has missed extended time due to a blister and could re-enter the mix for saves upon his return, while Matt Moore and Brock Burke are capable options in the back-end of this bullpen as well.
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Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Total Saves: 44
(9/20) Jordan Romano is tied for the most saves in the league since Sep 1 and is only two saves shy of the league lead. He recently had a 14-game scoreless streak, as Toronto is relying on him heavily as they pursue a spot in the MLB postseason. Romano's strikeout rate is down a bit from last season, but he's keeping the ball in the yard as his home run rate is the best of his career. Adam Cimber is the only other Toronto reliever with multiple saves, while the newly acquired Anthony Bass, lefty Tim Mayza or Yimi Garcia can pitch in for ancillary saves if needed.
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Washington Nationals
Team: Washington Nationals
Total Saves: 28
(9/19) Kyle Finnegan has recorded the Nationals' six of the Nationals' last seven saves after Carl Edwards Jr. previously emerged to tally two during the month of August. Tanner Rainey (elbow) performed relatively well in the closer role earlier this year before suffering a season-ending UCL sprain in early July. Veterans Steve Cishek, Jake McGee and Tyler Clippard, along with youngsters Victor Arano, Mason Thompson and Hunter Harvey, are also around to potentially get shots in the ninth inning, but Washington is not likely to see many wins or save chances the rest of this season, so speculate on saves elsewhere if possible.
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  1. 9/23:Tanner Rainey earned the save for the Nationals last night and has worked 3 out of the last 4 games. Expect Kyle Finnegan, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 19, to get the save chance if one presents itself against the Cardinals tonight.