Three Philadelphia Phillies hurlers have recorded saves in the last two weeks, and none of them are named Corey Knebel. Since Knebel is the only Phillies relief pitcher to play in more than 15% of Sportzshala’s standard leagues (he’s in 50%), this seems like a problem. Knebel does not close Philadelphia. He lost the inside role after some pretty brutal saves – the last one in mid-June against the Miami Marlins, in a game the Phillies lost 11-9. Although he’s performed better in a non-leverage role lately, he doesn’t miss many bats and command remains a problem, so it’s unknown if he’ll recover in the ninth inning. Move on.
Right-hander Cerantoni Dominguez boasts the best numbers (and probably the best stuff) in the often beleaguered Phillies bullpen. His appearance on most added list in the Sportzshala leagues, definitely justified. However, the wounded organization continues to handle his workload meticulously, and that could make him unlikely to make big saves. Dominguez, who missed all but one inning in the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to Tommy John surgery after saving 16 games as a rookie in 2018, is allowed to pitch on consecutive days, but not for three days out of four games.