Chicago White Sox
The best arm in the White Sox bullpen after three weeks has been Nate Jones. He picked up a save last week while allowing one run over 5.1 innings on the year with eight Ks. With Joakim Soria showing risk in his last three games (three runs and seven baserunners over three innings with five Ks), Jones looks poised to be the White Sox closer going forward. Danny Farquhar threw the ball great over his last four games (no runs, one hit, and seven Ks over 4.2 innings).
Let’s just say Houston has trust issues with Ken Giles over the first three weeks of the year or he has an underlying issue. Over his last three games, Giles pitched two shutout innings with no Ks. He has a 3.60 ERA on the year over five innings with two Ks, and a save. Chris Devenski earned two saves over the last week while allowing no runs over his last seven innings with nine Ks. Brad Peacock struggled in his last two games (four runs, four hits, and three HRs over 2.2 innings). The 9th inning for the Astros will be fluid over the next few weeks while Devenski appears to be the top option as of now.
It’s showtime for Josh Hader for the Brewers. He’s been one of the top relievers in baseball after seven games (two runs over 11.2 innings with 25 Ks) while picking up two two-inning saves over the last week. If Milwaukee is going to use him over multiple innings, someone else on the roster will need to earn saves until Corey Knebel returns. Matt Albers doesn’t look closer-worthy after allowing two runs and six baserunners over his last 3.1 innings with four Ks. Albers has two wins, a save, a loss, and blown save in his last four games. Jacob Barnes pitched better in his last three games (no runs over 3.1 innings with five Ks).
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals may regret giving Greg Holland $14 million this season. Over his first 2.1 innings, Holland allowed three runs and nine baserunners with one his K. His failure is due to seven walks. Bud Norris remains the best arm in the bullpen (1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP) over 9.1 innings with 17 Ks and four saves. Norris will keep this job for a while. Dominic Leone has a 5.14 ERA over seven innings with 11 Ks, but his Whip (1.14) points to more upside.