Boston Red Sox
Trust has become an issue with Matt Barnes as the closer for the Red Sox. Over his previous four games, Barnes gave up six runs and nine baserunners over 3.2 innings with six Ks, one save, and one blown save. Marc Walden failed to seize a possible closing opportunity as well over the last two weeks when he posted a 7.94 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, and three HRs over 5.2 innings. Health Hembree has been Boston’s best relievers since May 24th (no runs over 6.2 innings with four hits and nine Ks). Brandon Workman hasn’t allowed a run over his previous seven innings with eight Ks.
Surprisingly, Craig Kimbrel wasn’t pitching ready to reach the Cubs’ bullpen quickly after signing last week. He threw a bullpen session this week with his next step being batting practice. Kimbrel looks to be at least two weeks away from the majors. Pedro Strop has a save in each of his first three games back on the roster for Chicago while giving up one run over 2.1 innings with two Ks. Steve Cishek gave up two runs and five baserunners over his last three innings with five Ks and one save while moving back to the 8th inning.
New York Yankees
An unearned run led to Aroldis Chapman blowing his second save in 20 chances on June 9th. Chapman improved his shutout streak to 12 innings with 16 Ks. Zack Britton only pitched one shutout innings over the last week. He did issue a walk in his fourth straight game. Britton has a 1.76 ERA over his previous 15.1 innings with 12 Ks.
The ball hasn’t dropped for Blake Treinen while continuing to show risk. Over his last eight games, Treinen gave up six runs and 19 baserunners over nine innings while still converting all six of his saves. Blake is 15-for-17 in save conversions who needs to clean up his walks (19 over 33.1 innings). Liam Hendriks should be next in line for saves based on his recent success (one run and two hits over six innings with seven Ks).
Sean Doolittle pitched much better in his previous seven games (two runs over 5.2 innings with no walks and ten Ks) leading to five saves in six chances. Doolittle is 14-for-17 in save tries with a below-par WHIP (1.34). Tanner Rainey remains next in line for saves in Washington after extending his shutout streak to nine innings with three hits and 13 Ks.