Allen worked around a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work to earn his 27th save of the season Tuesday against the Rays. Allen entered with a two-run lead and promptly allowed the leadoff hitter to reach, bringing the tying run to the plate. He then buckled down and retired the next three batters he faced to close out the victory. Allen's role has changed a bit with Brad Hand in the fold, but he's recorded two saves in his last three outings and should continue to see his share of opportunities as long as he keeps performing.
Allen (4-6) gave up two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one in an inning of work Wednesday, blowing his fifth save of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Twins. Entering the game in the seventh inning didn't help Allen reverse his recent skid -- he's blown three of his six save chances in August, posting a 5.23 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 10.1 innings on the month despite a 13.1 K/9. Expect Brad Hand to see most of the closing action for Cleveland until Allen rights the ship.
Allen (4-5) allowed two solo home runs without recording an out to blow the save and take a loss against the Royals on Friday. Allen entered in the ninth inning with a one-run lead and promptly served up a game-tying homer to Ryan O'Hearn -- for his fourth blown save of the year -- followed by a walkoff homer to Hunter Dozier. Allen has now allowed runs to score in three consecutive outings and sports a 4.82 ERA over his last nine games, going 4-for-6 in save chances in that time. It's worth noting that Brad Hand has gone 4-for-4 in save chances with a 0.90 ERA over his last nine games.
Allen gave up one run on two hits and a walk but managed to pick up his 25th save of the season Monday in Boston. He didn't record a strikeout after entering the ninth inning to protect a 5-3 lead, but did enough to secure the win. Brad Hand recorded the final two outs of a scoreless eighth inning, coming in to face the lefty-hitting Brock Holt, who was then pinch hit for. This outing broke a streak of four straight scoreless appearances for Allen. While his numbers aren't elite by any means, he should still get a fair amount of save chances over the final five-plus weeks.
Allen walked one and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his 24th save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Orioles. He continues to split closing duties with Brad Hand, but the competition seems to have spurred Allen back to his usual dominant form -- he's now posted a 0.75 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB in 12 innings over his last 10 appearances while picking up two wins, four saves and two holds.