Who could become the closer for the Orioles with Félix Bautista injured?
Danny Coulombe, acquired days before the season started, has turned into a reliable high leverage lefty arm in the bullpen, which has been especially needed with Cionel Pérez's noteworthy struggles this season.
Coulombe sports a 2.75 ERA, 2.61 FIP, and 1.093 WHIP through 39 1/3 innings and 48 appearances. He has racked up the strikeouts this season with an average of 11.2 per nine innings, and like Cano, Coulombe has seen a few save situations, picking up two this year.
It seems unlikely that Coulombe will become a full-time closer, but when Cano needs a breather and if the right matchup presents itself, Coulombe is absolutely a candidate to pick up a save or two. It's more likely that Coulombe will become a top setup man in advance of the ninth inning.
Acquired with just under two weeks before the trade deadline, Shintaro Fujinami has been a Jekyll and Hyde pitcher this season, not just with the Orioles. There are days where he looks simply unbeatable, and there are others when nothing is working for him.
That has led to a mostly middle relief role for Fujinami, who has allowed nine earned runs in 17 innings and 16 appearances in an Orioles uniform. He also loves to strike out hitters, averaging 11.1 strikeouts per nine since joining Baltimore.
Even through his roller coaster ride, Fujinami has one save with the Orioles, coming against the Seattle Mariners during the Orioles extended west coast road trip. Seeing Fujinami come out of the bullpen in the ninth inning in a save situation would be very surprising, but it's not far-fetched to see him growing into more regular setup opportunities with Bautista shelved.