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Indians’ Andrew Miller Returns | Marlins’ Barraclough Blows His Chance

George Kurtz Staff Writer September 14, 2017 1:35AM EST

Cleveland Indians: Andrew Miller pitched in a simulated game Monday and was activated off the DL Wednesday. He won’t be used on multiple days, maybe not until the last week of the season, and he is unlikely to get any saves, so his Fantasy value is next to none right now. If you had been holding onto him you should move on and use the slot for a player who can do more for you down the stretch.

Kansas City Royals: The Royals finally made the move that most of us have been waiting for by removing Kelvin Herrera from the closing role. Whether it’s the effects of a long season or an injury, they haven’t announced. Herrera has not been the same pitcher over the past month that he was earlier in the season. The Royals have stated that they will go with the dreaded committee approach in the ninth inning for now. Scott Alexander picked up his fourth save Monday night but was hit around for two runs on Wednesday and ended up taking the loss. Prior to Wednesday’s meltdown, Alexander had a run of 17 straight appearances without allowing a run, so he will likely get more save opportunities.

Kyle Barraclough may have blown his chance to close out games. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Los Angeles Angels: This is what can drive you crazy about Mike Scioscia and the Angels. Bud Norris returned from the disabled list Wednesday. The Angels have only had one save opportunity since his return. The closer was Blake Parker during his absence but he also blew his last chance. So, who gets the save chance Sunday? Not Parker, he pitched the eighth inning. Not Cam Bedrosian, he pitched the seventh inning. Norris didn’t pitch at all. Enter Yusmeiro Petit. Yeah, who saw this coming? It may just be that Scioscia is using his best relievers when he feels the game in on the line, and not necessarily automatically in the ninth inning, or maybe he just enjoys keeping everyone guessing.

Miami Marlins: Brad Ziegler wasn’t available over the weekend due to a back injury but he’s expected back Tuesday. Kyle Barraclough got the save chance on Tuesday and was unable to keep the Phillies off the scoreboard. Only a great catch by Giancarlo Stanton in right field kept Barraclough from taking the loss on top of the blown save. Barraclough may have lost his final chance to prove he can close. Ziegler is due back any day now.

New York Yankees: How quickly things change? Ten days ago, it didn’t look like there was any chance that Aroldis Chapman would close for the Yankees again this season, but a couple of subpar outings by Dellin Betances and good ones by Chapman saw a change in their roles. Chapman is back where he belongs and is closing for the NYY once again. As for Betances, his reliance on the curve ball has been baffling of late and has led to quite a few bases on balls. It would be nice for him to realize that with his size and herky jerky motion, his high 90s fastball plays like 110. Throw it more often.

St. Louis Cardinals: Since being acquired by the Cardinals a little less than a week ago, Juan Nicasio has taken over the closer’s role for St. Louis. This shouldn’t come as to big a surprise as Seung Hwan Oh has failed multiple times this season, while Trevor Rosenthal was just lost for the season due to Tommy John surgery. Nicasio has picked up two saved for the Cards and should be a solid source of saves over the final few weeks of the season.

San Francisco Giants: The Giants finally did the smart thing and shut Mark Melancon down. He will be undergoing surgery on his forearm Tuesday and should be fully recovered in time for spring training. Sam Dyson will continue to close out games for the Giants, a job he has done very well in Melancon’s absence.

Toronto Blue Jays: The Jays announced Monday that Roberto Osuna will be away from the team for a few days, as he is about to become a father. This really may be the best thing for Osuna and the team even without the family addition, as Osuna has pitched poorly of late and there have been rumors that he was going to be removed from the job. A few days off will allow him to get a breather before he returns to the ninth inning, most likely this weekend. Ryan Tepera will close until he returns.

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TeamCloserBullpenDeep PotentialDLTop Hold Reliever
ARIFernando RodneyArchie Bradley/David HernandezArchie BradleyRandall DelgadoArchie Bradley
ATLArodys VizcainoJose Ramirez/Jim Johnson/Jason MotteMauricio CabreraJim Johnson
BALZach BrittonMychal Givens/Brad Brach/Darren O'DayBrad Brach
BOSCraig KimbrelMatt Barnes/Heath Hembree/Addison Reed/Joe KellyTyler ThornburgAddison Reed
CHCWade DavisCarl Edwards/Pedro Strop/Hector Rondon/Koji Uehara/Justin WilsonCarl EdwardsJustin Wilson
CHWJuan MinayaChris Beck/Jake Petricka/Gregory Infante/Danny FarquharNate JonesJake Petricka
CINRaisel IglesiasDrew Storen/Michael Lorenzen/Blake Wood/Wandy PeraltaDrew Storen
CLECody AllenBryan Shaw/Zach McAllister/Dan Otero/Nick Goody/Joe SmithAndrew MillerDan Otero
COLGreg HollandAdam Ottavino/Pat Neshek/Jake McGeePat Neshek
DETShane GreenAlex Wilson/Joe Jimenez/Bruce RondonJoe JimenezAlex Wilson
HOUKen GilesLuke Gregerson/Chris Devenski/Tyler Clippard/Will HarrisLuke Gregerson
KCBrandon MaurerBrandon Maurer/Mike Minor/Kelvn HerreraJoakim SoriaMike Minor
LAABlake ParkerKenyan Middleton/Cam Bedrosian/Bud Norris/Yusmeiro PetitKenyan MiddletonHuston Street/Andrew BaileyCam Bedrosian
LADKenley JansenTony Watson/Pedro Baez/Josh Fields/Tony CingraniTony Watson
MIABrad ZieglerJunicha Tazawa/Kyle BarracloughKyle BarracloughJunicha Tazawa
MILCorey KnebelJacob Barnes/Jared Hughes/Anthony Swarzak/Jeremy JeffressJacob BarnesAnthony Swarzak
MINMatt BelisleRyan Pressly/Taylor Rogers/Tyler Duffey/Glen PerkinsTaylor Rogers
NYMA.J. RamosHansel Robles/Erik Goeddel/Fernando Salas/Jerry Blevins/Jeurys FamiliaFernando Salas
NYYAroldis ChapmanDellin Betances/Adam Warren/Chad Green/David Robertson/Tommy KahnleDellin Betances
OAKBlake TreinenSantiago Casilla/Liam Hendricks/Ryan Dull/Chris HatcherSantiago Casilla
PHIHector NerisLuis GarciaLuis Garcia
PITFelipe RiveroDaniel Hudson/Joaquin BenoitDaniel Hudson
STLJuan NicasioKevin Siegrist/Matt Bowman/Brett Cecil/Seung Hwan OhMatt BowmanTrevor RosenthalBrett Cecil
SDBrad HandRyan Buchter/Kirby Yates/Phil Maton/Carter CappsCarter CappsKirby Yates
SFSam DysonHunter Strickland/George KontosDerek LawMark MelanconHunter Strickland
SEAEdwin DiazNick Vincent/Marc Rzepczynski/David PhelpsShae SimmonsTony ZychNick Vincent
TBAlex ColomeSteve Cishek/Ryan Stanek/Brad Boxberger/Tommy Hunter/Dan Jennnigs/Sergio RomoXavier CedenoBrad Boxberger
TEXAlex ClaudioJose Leclerc/Jason Grilli/Keone Kela/Matt Bush/Jake DiekmanKeone Kela
TORRyan TeperaDanny Barnes/Roberto OsunaJoe BiaginiDanny Barnes
WSHSean DoolittleSammy Solis/Enny Romero/Matt Albers/Shawn Kelley/Brandon Kintzler/Ryan MadsonKoda GloverBrandon Kintzler

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