Britton has been back to his old lock-down self in his last two appearances after finally surrendering a run to the Nationals on Aug. 24. He hasn't picked up a strikeout since then, but that's little cause for concern given the elite closer's robust 10.17 K/9 overall.
Salas is perfect in three chances since he took over for the injured Huston Street on August 16. He has been shaky all year long, though, as he has served up nine home runs (1.5 HR/9) and has just 45 strikeouts in 55.1 innings, a profile that along with his 4.47 ERA screams disaster waiting to happen.
Teammate Jim Henderson began the ninth inning, but gave up a pair of runs on a solo homer, a triple and a single before being pulled in favor of Familia, who struck out Marcell Ozuna for the final out and the save. Familia has benefitted from the Mets' relative lack of offense this season, as they've carried lots of small leads into the ninth, affording Familia a league-leading 46 save opportunities. Familia has made the most of those opportunities, holding a 2.64 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while allowing just one home run all season. His 43 saves are best in the MLB.
Lugo has been solid in his three starts since earning a starting role, going 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA. Lugo, a 26-year-old rookie, was certainly not expected to start games for the Mets this season, but with Matt Harvey lost for the season and Steven Matz still on the DL with a shoulder injury, Lugo has made the most of his opportunity. He has 28 strikeouts in 34.2 innings, a respectable if not outstanding number backed up by a 8.7 K/9 minor league rate. Lugo likely won't see many more starts going forward, however, as the Mets are hoping Steven Matz will return next week.
Colome had runners on first and second when he struck out Boston catcher Sandy Leon on a 88 mph back-door slider for the final out. Colome imploded for his second blown save of the season in his last outing, coughing up home runs to the first two batters he faced, the second of which was a walk-off. Still, Colome has had a stellar 2016 campagin on the whole, with a 2.11 ERA and an impressive 60 strikeouts in 47 innings.
The Cardinals went to Seung-Hwan Oh in the ninth in a tie game, leaving manager Mike Matheny to play matchups after St. Louis took the lead in the 10th. Even though the Brewers pinch-hit with right-hander Manny Pina, Duke managed to pick up the strikeout and finish the game. Expect Duke to be more of a LOOGY type down the stretch, but he can get a righty out if he needs to.
Between a car accident and a PED suspension, Ravin has tossed just 11 innings this year. He's a potential September call-up if things go well in his next couple appearances.
The dominant left-hander is now 11-for-13 in save chances since debuting with the Cubs on July 27. During that time, he's allowed just two earned runs in 15.2 innings while notching 26 strikeouts.
As sad as it may be, Tuesday was Ranaudo's best performance in quite some time. He was clinging to a one-run lead before giving up yet another homer -- his seventh in 24.2 innings -- in his final frame of the night. The 26-year-old has yet to show any signs that would suggest owning him could help a fantasy team under any circumstance. Ranaudo is scheduled to make his next start Sunday in Minnesota.
Albers first start since 2013, and the 11th of his career, was a disaster. He was given a 4-1 lead, but surrendered three in the bottom of the second while looking nothing like a major league talent. The left-handed Albers managed a solid 3.69 ERA with a shaky 1.45 WHIP in 21 starts for Triple-A Rochester this season, earning him a crack in the Twins muddled rotation. His performance Tuesday may have ruined the opportunity to become a mainstay for the season's final month, but with nothing to play for, the team will likely afford him a chance to rebound Sunday versus the White Sox.