Lots of changes this week in the rankings. The injuries in both Texas and Philadelphia have given opportunities for some saves if you need them badly enough. Throw in closer changes in St. Louis and Washington, and we've got quite a bit of movement this week.
You Can Count Your Saves Now. They're Going to Be There.
Braves - Craig Kimbrel (6) - Kimbrel blew a save on Thursday, and Jonny Venters got a save on Sunday. But Venters had pitched the last 3 days, recording a save on Friday and Saturday. I wouldn't worry about him.
Marlins - Leo Nunez (6)
Mets - Francisco Rodriguez (6) - K-Rod had 2 saves over the weekend. It's good to see him getting some opportunities.
There's A Lot to Like Here, but You're Playing with Fire
Phillies - Ryan Madson (6) - With Jose Contreras hitting the disabled list, Madson recorded the saves on Friday and Saturday. I think he's going to hold the job until one of either Contreras or Brad Lidge comes back, and wouldn't worry about the save from Bastardo on Sunday.
They Don't Have a Vice Grip on the Job, but There's a Lot of Upside Here
Nationals - Drew Storen (6) - With 2 saves this week, it looks like Storen is firmly in the closers' job. I wouldn't necessarily drop Sean Burnett if you don't need the roster spot, but he is definitely not getting the saves going forward.
Saves are Coming, but Just Don't Expect Anything Else of Value
He's Going to Get Saves This Week, But He May Not Next Week
Rangers - Arthur Rhodes / Darren Oliver / Somebody else (7) - With the injury and resulting disabled list stint of Neftali Feliz, the Rangers are going with a closer by committee. The player they called up to take his roster spot (Cody Eppley) was the closer in AAA, but I don't think he'll see any save chances any time soon. Both Rhodes and Oliver recorded saves this weekend.
White Sox - Matt Thornton / Chris Sale / Sergio Santos / Anybody? (7) - Still no real idea who's getting the save chances. But it was good to see Matt Thornton throw a little better in his last outing.
Mariners - Brandon League (6) - David Aardsma is getting closer to returning, having 3 rehab outings this week. I honestly think that the Mariners are hoping to get Aardsma back in the closer's role so that they can pump up his trade value.