Hensley closing for now
Closing time will have a new look for the Marlins.
Clay Hensley, who has been the primary eighth-inning setup reliever, has been switched to closer in place of Leo Nunez.
Nunez, who is 29 of 37 in save opportunities, will now be in a setup spot. The team is hoping he can fine tune things without the pressure of logging the final outs.
In August, Nunez saved three of six games, and he had a 9.31 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. Opponents batted .391 against him in the month.
Nunez worked a scoreless eighth inning in the Marlins’ 6-1 win over the Braves on Friday night.
Because it wasn’t save opportunity, Burke Badenhop finished up the ninth inning.
Hensley has never logged a save in his big league career. But the right-hander has been steady in the bullpen. In 60 2/3 innings, his ERA is 2.67, and he has struck out 66 while walking 23.
– Joe Frisaro