Allen allowed a walk but struck out two in a scoreless ninth frame to collect his 22nd save of the season Sunday against the Rays. Allen has now recorded two straight save opportunities without allowing a hit after blowing a pair of saves earlier in the month. The 28-year-old owns a 3.23 ERA to go along with a 65:17 K:BB through 47.1 innings this season. Now that he appears to be back on track, Allen should be considered one of the better options at closer for the remainder of the season.
Allen pitched a perfect inning while striking out two to notch his 20th save Saturday against the Rays. Allen was provided a three-run lead and had little trouble shutting the door on the Rays. Although he had a rough start to the month after blowing a pair of saves and allowing four runs in two contests, he appeared to have turned things around with his strong outing, and he'll most likely return to being an excellent option at closer.
Allen blew his third save of the season Wednesday against the Rockies after allowing one run on two hits and a walk during the ninth inning. The closer was tagged with just one blown save over his first 43 games this season, but Allen now has two in August alone. After closing out July with four perfect appearances, the southpaw has surrendered four runs on five hits over 2.2 innings this month. That said, Allen's job is secure for now, but a few more mishaps could open the door for Andrew Miller (knee) once the latter is activated next week.
Allen served up a walkoff three-run home run to Christian Vazquez in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday to blow his second save of the season in a 12-10 loss to the Red Sox. With Rafael Devers on first base and two outs, Allen seemed to have gotten the job done by striking out Mitch Moreland, but catcher Yan Gomes couldn't corral the 2-2 curveball and Moreland reached on a wild pitch, setting up Vazquez's heroics. Allen is still 19-for-21 in save opportunities this season, and he's coming off a July in which he posted a 2.31 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 12:4 K:BB in 11.2 innings, so expect him to shake this stumble off quickly.
Allen pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 19th save of the season during Saturday's win over the White Sox. Allen has converted 19 of 20 save opportunities this season, and with a 2.74 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 11.8 K/9 for the campaign, his strong ratios make up for the relative lack of saves. Additionally, with Cleveland piling up wins in bunches, he could quickly make up for lost time in the saves column.
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