MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that Marlins manager Don Mattingly has decided to take Brad Ziegler out of the closer’s role. A replacement has not yet been named.
Ziegler, 38, is 9-for-10 in save chances, but owns a 7.83 ERA with a 15/6 K/BB ratio in 15 innings. He blew a save opportunity on Wednesday, yielding two runs and recording only one out against the Padres. He also surrendered three runs and recorded two outs against the Nationals on Saturday.
Kyle Barraclough figures to be the top candidate to get saves in Ziegler’s place. The right-hander has a 1.48 ERA with a 27/15 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings. Drew Steckenrider and Tayron Guerrero are other candidates, but both have ERA’s in the 5.00’s.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.