Amid the rising stakes of high leverage events that can decide playoff fortunes, staying focused can decide fantasy league championships as well. It was noted earlier in these columns, before chasing the stoppages on the override thread, make sure they have an impact on the points earned on the leaderboard. Not all situations or savings add up the same. Spring training provided a glimpse of David Bednar’s future high leverage potential, and it finally manifested itself in his first career major-league stoppage on Saturday in St. Louis, as well as his second Monday night. For those who are patient enough to support it, this is great, but:
How many more stops can Bednar save until the end of the season? Also included in this tweet, Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde is refusing to name any relatives during his tenure, and the Orioles are in the midst of an 18-game losing streak. Tyler Wells could be an intriguing save target next year, but he ranks behind relievers on top teams with a chance to make auxiliary saves like Seattle’s Drew Steckenrider. It looked like Texas had found a reliable option late in the inning in Joe Barlow, and then he landed on the injured list with a blister problem.
Finally, Arizona traded their “closest” before the trade deadline and are currently using Tyler Clippard in the ninth inning. He’s made four saves since July 28, but his bridge couldn’t reach it Monday night against Pittsburgh with Taylor Clarke and Noah Ramirez allowing three earned runs combined with four walks in 0.2 IP. Since his demotion, JB Bukauskas has a 1.86 ERA with a 0.72 WHIP in Triple-A with eight strikeouts against three walks in six innings this month.
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