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Closer: Sean Burnett
Understudy: Drew Storen
They're still feeling out the bullpen roles. Just because he said last week he wanted Burnett available for the ninth didn't mean Jim Riggleman doesn't also want Storen ready, depending on the situation.
"Early on here, we'll continue to look who's coming up," the skipper said after Thursday's game. "If we just had nothing but two right-handers who could hit the ball out of the ballpark, I might want Storen facing them. If it was a left-hander who could hit it out of the ballpark mixed in there, I'd probably have Burnett face them."
Burnett etched another clean save in extra innings Thursday (one hit, one K in a scoreless frame). Storen continued to improve. He whiffed three in two perfect innings, displaying sound location of his heat, which reached 97 mph. He has tempered his slider usage overall, but he mixed that in effectively last night and is increasing its damage.
Riggs said he would've still left Storen in for a save chance Thursday had the opportunity come up in the ninth, just because he was pitching so well. Burnett still has the slight lead here, but it shouldn't shock you if the preference flip-flopped in the near future.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 5
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