Pirates' Felipe Rivero: Will share closer duties
Manager Clint Hurdle said Rivero and Juan Nicasio will share closer duties moving forward, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Rivero's eventual move to the ninth inning seemed inevitable, and it appears the Pirates finally reached their boiling point with previous closer Tony Watson. The two have put together quite different seasons; Rivero has been stellar out of the Pirates' bullpen this season, compiling a 0.58 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 34:6 K:BB across 31 innings, while Watson has struggled to a 4.44 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 20:8 K:BB through 26.1 innings. While it would seem likely that Rivero will see the bulk of save opportunities, the Pirates could still choose to continue using him in high-leverage situations prior to the ninth inning, which would allow Juan Nicasio to collect some saves as well.
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