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Octavio Dotel picked up the pieces left by Jason Motte (two runs allowed in the ninth) and Arthur Rhodes Monday, recording a save for the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the second straight rough outing for Motte, following a blown save Friday, but the Friday gaffe involved an unearned run.
Not worth chasing anyone else
Tony La Russa enabled a quick trigger finger when Eduardo Sanchez and Fernando Salas showed signs of falling off. Though St. Louis' suddenly jolted playoff odds might have TLR considering other save options, it wouldn't be worth chasing anyone else at this point if it's going to be a mix-and-match job.
- We're at the point in a fantasy season when negative trends are minimized, but don't write off the fact that Craig Kimbrel has given up a homer in each of his last two outings (three all year), including a Monday BS. Last night's stumble came in Kimbrel's third straight day of work. Maybe fatigue is causing him to leave the ball in the zone more.
This Atlanta Braves 'pen is tired, but they're going to be needed with their Wild Card lead slipping. Jonny Venters, another frequently used arm, will probably be in line for a save chance Tuesday if one arises.
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