The Arizona Diamondbacks plan to give both Daniel Hudson and Randall Delgado a chance in late-inning/closing situations. Neither have been great to date — they share an identical 4.20 FIP and just about the same K-BB% (10.7% K-BB% for Hudson, 10% for Delgado) — but Hudson owns the superior ground ball rate at 42.3% and induces more soft contact (23.6% Soft%) than Delgado (17.6% Soft%). And while both of the aforementioned right-handers post better numbers against opposing right-handed hitters, Delgado has been slightly better in terms of FIP (3.10 to Hudson’s 3.79) while Hudson has been better against left-handed hitters (4.70 FIP to Delgado’s 6.03). Situation in Arizona is still red, but if I had to grab one of the duo it would be Hudson. Late note: Arizona has Jake Barrett on the hill in the top of the eighth, down a pair of runs to Atlanta.
Kelvin Herrera induced a pop out to Martin Prado and a pair of strikeouts to Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich to earn his ninth save of the season in 11 opportunities. Herrera needed 19 pitches (12 strikes, six called and one swinging) to finish off the Marlins and lower his ERA to 1.87 (2.09 FIP) in 57.2 innings on the bump in ‘16. Despite the fine season the right-hander is having, Royals’ closer Wade Davis made the first of a few likely rehab appearances yesterday for the Royals of the Arizona Rookie League. He surrendered a hit and struck out one in an inning of work. He’ll likely jump back into ninth-inning duties when deemed ready to return to the first division, which could be as soon as early September.
Francisco Rodriguez converted his 35th save of the year today in 38 chances. KRod induced a worm burner and fanned a pair to finish off the Twinkies, 8-5. Rodriguez, now the owner of 421 career saves, sits just one behind Billy Wagner (422) and three behind John Franco (424) on the all-time career saves list.
Quick Hits: Tony Watson notched his eighth save on 13 pitches (10 strikes, two called and two swinging) in a 3-2 victory over the Brewers in 10 innings. The Pirates’ southpaw is now 8-of-11 in save situations with a 2.67 ERA (3.91 FIP) in 54 innings of work. Enny Romero picked up his first career save for the Rays tonight in a 2-1 win over the Red Sox. With David Ortiz at the dish, Tampa removed right-hander Tyler Sturdevent in favor of left-hander Enny Romero to eliminate Big Papi’s platoon advantage. Six pitches later, Ortiz struck out to end the game. For two-thirds of an innings, Sturdevent was rewarded with a hold. Also with holds this evening at the time of this writing: Chris Young (1), Joakim Soria (17), Arquimedes Caminero (8), Tom Wilhelmsen (11), Erasmo Ramirez (12), Matt Strahm (4) and Jose Valdez (3). You can view the entire list of today’s holds here for some left coast games that haven’t concluded just yet.
[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]