Minter has since assumed the role and thrived. He’s allowed a run in just three of his last 24 appearances, and his 10 saves are the most recorded by a rookie left-hander since Houston’s Al Osuna saved 12 in 1991.
Minter has a stronghold on the job, but Vizcaino could be re-integrated slowly in the later innings. In theory, adding Vizcaino and Brad Brach to pave the way to Minter would make the bullpen much more formidable in the stretch run.
Vizcaino would round out the re-shaped bullpen. Jesse Biddle has persisted as a reliable, high-leverage arm. Luke Jackson has outperformed expectations and suddenly become somewhat a strikeout artist, setting down 37 in 26-1/3 innings. Jonny Venters was added as a lefty specialist, and Dan Winkler has continued his steady work.