It was technically Wednesday morning on the East Coast by the time Miami Marlins closer AJ Ramos entered to pitch the ninth inning in Oakland with an 11-6 lead. Of course, when Ramos was warming up in the top of the ninth, the lead was only three runs. However, the Marlins tacked on a few more and Ramos, arguably the unluckiest of set closers in terms of the lack of save opportunities, wasn’t technically saving a game. He then took that five-run lead and escaped with an 11-9 win, which only agitated fantasy owners even more.
The Marlins enter Thursday having played 45 games, winning only 16 of them, and Ramos has saved just four games. No, he hasn’t blown a save. No other Marlins boast saves. This is just a case of a team playing terribly and the closer not getting enough chances to save games. Ramos, who slipped to the 17th round in ESPN ADP because there was concern of him losing the role to Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps or Brad Ziegler, doesn’t appear in imminent danger of losing the job -- despite his recent struggles. Still, some might view him as waiver wire material because of his lack of saves.