If nothing else, we know Arodys Vizcaino is capable of closing. He filled the role admirably after the Braves traded Jim Johnson, who was himself filling in for an injured Jason Grilli, at the deadline last year, and at times, the team talked like he was a long-term fit for the role. But Grilli is healthy again, has more experience closing, and was lights out in his 3 1/2 months filling the role last year. Vizcaino, who first broke through as a setup man in 2011 before needing Tommy John surgery, has good enough stuff to matter in NL-only Rotisserie leagues even if he doesn't close, and that appears to be the more likely scenario heading into 2016.
Vizcaino agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration. With Jason Grilli shelved with a torn Achilles for much of the 2015 season, Vizcaino capitalized on his opportunity as the Braves' closer, notching nine saves in 10 opportunities. That said, with Grilli on pace to return for spring training, Vizcaino will need to keep up his 2015 production to keep his grip on the closing role.
Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino recorded his eighth save in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Nationals, pitching a scoreless ninth while surrendering two hits and striking out a batter. Vizcaino made things interesting in the ninth by surrendering consecutive singles to Jayson Werth and Clint Robinson to open the inning, but ultimately was able to strike out the red-hot Matt den Dekker to secure the victory. It was the fourth consecutive successful save opportunity for Vizcaino, and his seventh straight scoreless outing.
Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino earned his sixth save in a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Phillies, working a scoreless ninth inning in which he surrendered one hit and struck out two. Vizcaino is 6-for-7 in save opportunities for the Braves since being announced as the team's closer on July 31, and he now has five whiffs over the last two innings. Saturday's outing was also the third consecutive scoreless effort for the 24-year-old righty after having given up five runs (four earned) in just 2/3 innings in the two appearances prior. The Braves appear to have made a prudent move in allowing Vizcaino to garner valuable experience in late-inning pressure situations in the closing weeks of a forgettable 2015 campaign, as he appears to slowing be developing into their closer of the future.
Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino will eventually give up a run. But opposing batters must be wondering when. Vizcaino continued his tremendous roll Monday by shutting down Colorado for his fourth save since assuming the closer job. He retired the Rockies in order in the ninth. The right-hander has not been scored upon over his last 13 2/3 innings covering 14 appearances. His ERA has shrunk to a microscopic 0.48.
Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino earned his third save in the last eight days, Friday against Arizona. Vizcaino earned his first career save on August 6. He pitched a perfect ninth inning on Friday to protect a one-run lead. Vizcaino had his 11th straight outing without allowing a run.