It took the Blue Jays more than half the season to settle on a closer, but when Roberto Osuna took over the role, there was no looking back. From the time he got his first save on July 22, he closed out 20 games in 22 tries. The 20-year-old actually performed better as the closer than he did in a setup role, striking out 40 batters and walking seven in 37 2/4 innings. Osuna could become a starter at some point, perhaps as soon as this season, now that the Jays have acquired potential closer Drew Storen. If he remains a closer, Osuna could perform like a No. 1 reliever in standard mixed leagues, but he should be drafted as a low-end No. 2 RP, given the competition he now faces.
Osuna's role heading into 2016 is uncertain with the Blue Jays acquiring Drew Storen from the Nationals on Friday. General manager Ross Atkins was non-committal when asked about the closer role Saturday, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports. Atkins did not rule a competition for the closer role between Osuna and Storen, but the move to acquire Storen suggests the team is thinking hard about stretching Osuna back out to start. It's logical that the team would want to maximize the 20-year-old's innings after a great rookie campaign, but at the same time, Osuna's immediate value to Toronto in a high-leverage bullpen role is significant.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna picked up his 20th save by getting two outs in the ninth inning of a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Monday. He did not surrender a hit and recorded a strikeout. After a rocky stretch earlier in the month where he surrendered four earned runs over two appearances, Osuna has now tallied four straight scoreless outings, converting three consecutive save opportunities in the process. The hard-throwing reliever is 20-for-22 in save chances overall, and will shoulder the responsibility of postseason closer for the Blue Jays in his rookie season.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna picked up his 19th save of the season Saturday, recording two outs but giving up two hits and allowing two inherited runners to score. The young closer has unraveled a little in September, and he now has a 5.23 ERA on the month in 10 1/3 innings, but Osuna has still converted three straight saves over his last four appearances. He'll need to stay sharp as the Jays try to clinch the AL East and head into the postseason.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna tossed a clean ninth inning to pick up his 18th save in the Jays' 5-3 win over the Rays on Friday night. He struck out one. He had been scored upon in four of his eight September appearances, so a strong performance is a welcome result. Just 20 years old, he has maintained excellent composure in the closer's role for a pennant contending team, so Toronto will hope to ride his confidence into the playoffs.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was bound to blow a save eventually. It just happened to come Tuesday night against Cleveland. Osuna allowed a second home run in the game to catcher Yan Gomes with one out to tie it at 3-3. It marked the first run he has allowed in his last 10 appearances.