This late in the season, the time for speculating is coming to a close. It’s a must to add pitchers who can give you immediate value with just two weeks left to go. Unfortunately, Tyler Wells blew each of his two save opportunities this week after appearing to take over that role in Baltimore. Hopefully, these options for the upcoming week can come through with better results.
Chris Stratton (6% rostered)
The injury to David Bednar has opened the door for Chris Stratton to operate as the unquestioned closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. While the Pirates are unlikely to win very many games down the stretch, Stratton has been effective enough lately to make him a worthwhile addition if you’re in need of saves this late in the season. Stratton is unscored upon in twelve of his last fourteen outings and picked up four saves in that stretch. He’s the top option for saves off the waiver wire.
Casey Sadler (2% rostered)
Sadler appears to be another veteran success story out of the 2021 Mariners bullpen, which already featured interesting comebacks from Kendall Graveman, Paul Sewald, and Drew Steckenrider. Sadler is not a lethal strikeout artist but his sinker/cutter/curveball mix allows him to get ground balls at a very high clip. His 56.3% ground ball rate is what is anchoring his tremendous 0.84 ERA. While Sadler won’t be in the mix for saves, he is a nice pick-up for potential holds. He has not registered a hold since September 10th but he is clearly one of their most trusted relievers right now and the Mariners’ upcoming series with Oakland should feature close contested games for each bullpen to work in. Sadler should be a factor in leagues that count holds down the stretch.
Dylan Floro (25% rostered), Joe Barlow (14% rostered), Carlos Estevez (10% rostered), Mychal Givens (23% rostered), Kyle Finnegan (35% rostered), Drew Steckenrider (20% rostered)
All of these pitchers represent a relatively stable share of their team’s closer role and should be added if you’re looking to catch up in saves.