The best arm in the Astros bullpen this year is Brad Peacock. Over his last three games, he has a win, a save, and a hold. Peacock hasn’t allowed a run over 6.1 innings with a walk and nine Ks. He may be more of a factor for saves than a starting job in 2018. Houston appears to have trust issues with Ken Giles after his first five games. Giles picked up a one-out save in his last game, but he’s allowed two runs and six baserunners over four innings with two Ks this season. Buying insurance isn’t an option since Mr. Peacock and Chris Devenski are owned on most formats.
Los Angeles Angels
I’d have to say that Blake Parker has lost his chance to close for the Angels. Over 5.2 innings, he allowed four runs and nine baserunners with six Ks. In his last two games, Parker pitched in the 8th inning and the 7th inning. All signs point to Keynan Middleton (no runs over six innings with four Ks) earning the next save chance in LA after Jim Johnson tripped up over the last week (two runs and four baserunners over 2.2 innings with two Ks).
The Brewers late inning relievers have struggled to close out games over the last week. Jacob Barnes has two blown saves and a hold since Corey Knebel went down with an injury. Over this span, he allowed two runs and seven baserunners over 2.1 innings with three Ks. Milwaukee gave Matt Albers a chance to close on the April 9th, but he blew the lead. Albers did pick up a win when he pitched in the 10th. Matt has a 1.29 ERA over seven innings with five Ks and a pair wins. He looks poised to get another save opportunity. Josh Hader remains a stud in this bullpen (one run over 6.1 innings with three walks and 14 Ks). Hader is the best arm, but his future is in the starting rotation.
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