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The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Joaquin Benoit, Padres; Aroldis Chap­man, Reds; Trevor Rosen­thal, Car­di­nals; Mark Me­lan­con, Pi­rates; Will Smith, Brew­ers; Drew Storen, Na­tion­als

If the NL leads in the late in­nings, Chap­man should get the chance to close it out in his home park given his 16 saves in 17 op­por­tu­ni­ties, 1.83 ERA and 60 strike­outs in 341/

3 in­nings. Rosen­thal, though, has been more than his equal with a 0.72 ERA, 1.045 WHIP and just one blown save. Storen (24 saves in 26 chances) has a 2.03 ERA de­spite hav­ing given up a three-run homer in a 16-1 game in Tampa. Me­lan­con leads the league with 25 saves and has a 0.974 WHIP. And the setup guys have been out­stand­ing— Benoit with a 0.794 WHIP and Smith as the lefty with a 1.50 ERA and 40 strike­outs.

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