Description: Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 42nd save of the year, shutting down the Cardinals in the bottom of the 12th to hold onto a 3-2 victory.
Insight: K-Rod nearly tossed up a game-tying home run to Johnny Peralta, but the fly ball died at the warning track and was caught. Rodriguez has had his struggles this year, but he is third in the National League in saves and has converted 42 out of 47 opportuntities.
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon blew up in the ninth inning against the Marlins on Sunday, allowing four runs and taking the loss.
Insight: Papelbon has been great this year, so this is probably his worst appearance this year. Papelbon retired just three of the nine batters he faced. This is just Papelbon's fourth blown save this year. He is fifth in the NL with 37 saves and posts a 2.10 ERA.
Description: Reds pitcher David Holmberg threw six innings and allowed one run on two hits as Holmberg captured his first big league victory, 5-1, over the Brewers on Saturday.
Insight: Aramis Ramirez hit a solo home run off Holmberg in the fourth to score the only Milwaukee run. Holmberg will likely start again next week, but it would be unrealistic to expect another start like Saturday's. In three starts, he is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA over 18 innings this year.
Description: In his first start of the season, Tampa Bay pitcher Nathan Karns threw seven shutout innings, allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked two as Tampa Bay defeated Toronto, 1-0.
Insight: The seven shutout innings came out of no where as Karns has made two other starts in his career and allowed 10 earned runs over five innings. We would hold off on jumping all over the 26-year-old, but we will also keep an eye on him.
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman earned his 32nd save on Wednesday as the Reds defeated the Cardinals, 4-2.
Insight: Chapman induced a ground ball to Mark Ellis and struck out Peter Bourjos and Tommy Pham to end the game. Chapman topped out at 103 mph on the gun Wednesday night. Chapman has converted 32 out of 34 save chances while posting a 2.30 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 47 appearances this year.
Description: Angels closer Huston Street (hamstring) was not available to pitch on Wednesday according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Street said he could have pitched Wednesday and probably be fine but manager Mike Scioscia was playing it safe. With the lead the Angels have over the Athletics for the division, who can blame him? Street expects to pitch on Friday.
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 36th save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates.
Insight: Papelbon allowed an infield single to Gregory Polanco to start the ninth. Polanco reached second on a sacrifice bunt, but Papelbon induced a ground out from pinch hitter Andrew Lambo and struck out Josh Harrison to end the game. The Phillies closer has converted 36 out of his 39 save opportunties, has a 1.61 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings this year.
With all the trade rumors and talk of the closer's big contract, Papelbon's success this season has sort of fallen by the wayside. He is having his best season as a Phillie and maybe his best since 2008. Papelbon has blown just three saves out of 38 chances and has a 1.64 ERA.
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland (triceps) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Detroit.
Insight: He might still be held out as precaution, but manager Ned Yost said he would likely be available Tuesday The closer has 42 saves and supports a 1.60 ERA with 80 strikeouts and just 18 walks. If Holland is held out again, Wade Davis would be used in a potential save situation.
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan has been unavailable the last few days due to right elbow tenderness.
Insight: The Tigers have not had a save opportunity since Sept. 2. Nathan is supposedly available on Monday against the Royals but this something to keep your eye on the last three weeks of the year. Nathan has struggled this year with a 5.04 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 53 appearances.
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland (triceps) said he is available to pitch on Sunday according to Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star.
Insight: He might still be held out as precaution, but this is a very good sign for Holland owners. The closer has 42 saves and supports a 1.60 ERA with 80 strikeouts and just 18 walks. If Holland is held out, Wade Davis would be used in a potential save situation.
Description: Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson gave up two runs on four hits in six innings on Saturday and ended with a no-decision against the Dodgers.
Insight: Anderson also struck out six batters and walked none. Anderson has pitched very well in his rookie season, posting a 8-6 record with a 3.71 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings. He is someone to keep an eye on going forward, especially into next year's draft.
Description: Red Sox relief pitcher Edward Mujica earned his fourth save of the season on Saturday as the Red Sox held off the Blue Jays, 4-3.
Insight: Mujica came into the ninth inning with one out. He worked around a two-out walk to Jose Bautista to record the save. Koji Uehara has apparently hit a wall, so the closing duties seem to be falling to Mujica for the rest of the season. Pick up Mujica if you can.
Description: Astros closer Chad Qualls blew his sixth save of the season as Houston coughed up a 3-1 lead in the ninth to lose to Oakland, 4-3.
Insight: Coincidentally, five of Qualls' six blown saves are against the Athletics. Houston was leading by two with runners on first and third when Qualls came into the game. He gave up a double to Josh Reddick and then Jeff Lowrie hit a walkoff single.
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 35th save of the season to shut the door on the Nationals Saturday.
Insight: With all the trade rumors and talk of the closer's big contract, Papelbon's success this season has sort of fallen by the wayside. He is having his best season as a Phillie and maybe his best since 2008. Papelbon has blown just three saves out of 38 chances and has a 1.64 ERA.
Description: Nationals closer Rafael Soriano could lose his ninth inning role after another blown save Friday night.
Insight: Soriano's 9.00 ERA and 2.11 WHIP in his last 10 appearances explain the reason. He has seven blown saves including his last two opportunities. The Nationals have two solid options in Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.
Description: Boston right-hander Edward Mujica will fill in at closer until Koji Uehara rests over the next few days.
Insight: Mujica hasn't exactly lit it up, going 2-4 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.357 WHIP. He's earned three saves this season and blown one. He has experience in the closer's role having notched 37 saves in 2013 for the St. Louis Cardinals.