The chaos at reliever continues as teams cycle through their high leverage options. Hopefully, you were able to grab Ian Kennedy, Jake McGee, Lou Trivino, or Corey Knebel earlier in the season. If you're still looking for relievers to pick up for next week (and potentially longer), here are my top three targets.
If Garcia is still available in your league, you should pick him up as soon as possible. After Anthony Bass blew his first two save opportunities, the Marlins were quick to move to Yimi Garcia for their subsequent two save chances. He converted them with ease and impressed on Wednesday. In extra innings, he set down Ronald Acuña, Freddie Freeman, and Marcell Ozuna in order while stranding the extra innings ghost runner at second base. While Don Mattingly hasn’t verbally committed to Garcia as the one closer, his main competitor struggling on Thursday likely helps ensure Garcia will be saving games for the Marlins. Like Jake McGee and Ian Kennedy in prior weeks, this is likely the last week you’ll be able to snag Garcia.
Matt Barnes is entrenched as the closer in Boston at the moment, but Hernández is inching towards being second in the pecking order. He’s worked three holds in the last week and appears to be getting into a rhythm. Along with this, teammate Adam Ottavino has allowed a run in three of his five appearances after a poor 2020 season. Hernández likely isn’t in saves discussion at the moment, but while the Red Sox keep racking up wins, holds should be easy to come by.
Rafael Montero’s unsteady start to the season has led Scott Servais to look at other options in the Mariners’ bullpen. Kendall Graveman makes sense as the next man up, and in their series against Baltimore, he was used to save two games. The context of the first save was in extra innings after Montero blew a one-run lead. In the second save, Graveman pitched the seventh inning of a seven-inning game with Montero pitching the sixth. This isn’t concrete evidence of a changing of the guard, but it’s clear Graveman would be in the mix if Montero were removed from the closer role. Graveman’s stuff has ticked up from last season and he would profile well as a closer if given the opportunity.
The Brewers are reportedly taking Devin Williams out of high leverage situations in an attempt to get him on track. This makes Brent Suter, Brad Boxberger, and J.P. Feyereisen viable holds options.
Since last Friday the Royals have had three different relievers close a game. The situation is still not at all clear, although Greg Holland would be my guess as to who gets a plurality of save chances
After losing Julian Merryweather to an oblique strain, the Blue Jays lost Jordan Romano to ulnar neuritis. With Kirby Yates out for the season and Tyler Chatwood also coming back from an injury, the Blue Jays most likely option for saves is Rafael Dolis. David Phelps may also become an option.
Lou Trivino warmed up to enter a two-run game on Monday which the Athletics turned to a four-run game in the ninth inning, then came back on Tuesday to record his first save of the season. He seems set in the role
A.J. Minter failed to lock down the save on Thursday in place of Will Smith. Brian Snitker elected to use Matzek in the eighth and Minter in the ninth, but given the results of the game, Matzek might be the backup closer for when Will Smith is unavailable.