Vieira got 10 of his 15 pitches into the strike zone and as per Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto, he became the first pitcher to hit 100 mph on the radar gun at Tacoma this season. The 24-year-old made his Rainiers debut on Thursday and surrendered an earned run on one hit over 1.2 innings against Albuquerque while notching three strikeouts.
Davis had the pleasure of closing out the final two games of Chicago's three-game set with the Cards, improving his ERA to 2.12 to go with a 1.12 WHIP. The former Ray and Royal has been a solid ninth-inning man in his first year with the Cubs, as he's yet to blow a save and has fanned as many batters (47) in 33 innings as he did all of last year with Kansas City.
Hector Neris had pitched in each of the past two games, so that's likely why Garcia entered in the ninth for the save opportunity. However, the Philadelphia closer job has been somewhat fluid all season, so it isn't out of the question that Garcia sees more work closing out games moving forward. He should at least be on your fantasy radar, and especially if you're chasing saves.
Collecting seven wins is difficult for a reliever, and Givens has supported it with a high-end 1.97 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 9.5 K/9. The 27-year-old righty projects to continue pitching in high-leverage situations and offers modest fantasy value in deep settings. Just keep in mind that he could easily finish the year with seven victories, and Givens shouldn't be viewed as a reliable source of wins moving forward.
Wilson did serve up a solo home run to Brian Dozier in the ninth frame, but he was still able to hold on to record the save. He's shown flashes of inconsistency, but for the most part, Wilson has got the job done closing out games. After all, the 29-year-old lefty now sports a 2.82 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 12.8 K/9 and has converted 12 of 14 save opportunities this season.
The outing certainly didn't lack drama, as he gave up hits to the first two hitters while catcher Gary Sanchez added a passed ball to make things even more interesting. However, Chapman settled down after all that and finished the game with a four-pitch strikeout of Ben Gamel. The left-hander's ERA still sits at a lofty 3.51 mark after the scoreless frame, but his FIP is much lower than that, suggesting that Chapman is more like his dominant self than the numbers suggest.
Sunday marked the 25-year-old's first MLB start, and he shined through the first three innings of action. He allowed just one baserunner in that span, but then the Mariners got to him for four runs in the fourth, forcing the Yankees to pull him from the game. Smith's ERA now sits at a rough 8.10 mark, although he has only two walks compared to seven strikeouts in the first 6.2 innings of his big-league career. Should he be allowed to make another start in New York, Smith would line up to face the Rays on Saturday.
Britton allowed a pair of runs in a non-save situation in his previous appearance, so it was encouraging to see him bounce back with a sound outing Sunday. The lefty had struggled since returning from the disabled list following a forearm injury, and his name has also been mentioned in trade rumors, so there are some fleeting unknowns lingering. Still, he's an elite talent and could quickly reestablish himself as a high-end relief option.
The right-hander will provide support to the Tigers' bullpen, which was used heavily across a seven-game road trip. VerHagen, who battled thoracic outlet syndrome in his throwing arm for a good chunk of 2016, reportedly asked the team to work as a starter rather than a reliever heading into this season, and as such, he's made 19 starts with Triple-A Toledo. During that span, he's gone 7-7 with a pedestrian 4.90 ERA and 69:43 K:BB in just under 100 (97.1) innings. He has yet to appear in a game this year for the Tigers, however.
Hand's 16 holds show that he's usually used before the ninth inning, but his ability to put this game away with ease makes the lefty even more intriguing for the myriad teams looking for bullpen help as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. He has put a 16.1-inning scoreless stretch together over his past 16 appearances amid swirling trade rumors.