Last week when we looked at Ian Kennedy , the Royals had just eight saves for the entire season. Kennedy has three saves in the last week and six in the last 22 days. That pace is bound to slow down, but I think Kennedy is capable of getting 4-5 saves per month. Kennedy has a 7.60 K/BB rate this season, and unless someone trades for him, he’s probably going to keep the closing job all season.

My boy Ken Giles is expected to return from the IL Friday, the first day he is eligible. Giles has a career-high 15.12 K/9 this season, and while his 5.0-percent HR/FB rate is almost certainly unsustainable, his xFIP is just 2.19. The only thing holding Giles back is his team, but he remains one of the best closers in baseball.

A.J. Minter has three holds since he returned from Triple-A, but he also has three walks. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned, but there is a reasonable chance he gets Atlanta’s next save considering Luke Jackson has four blown saves in his last eight...