The two words every fantasy baseball player fears were uttered by Nationals manager Dusty Baker: split closers.
Baker said Wednesday he plans to "mix and match" relievers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover after the demotion of Blake Treinen.
Washington started the season with Treinen in the coveted closer's role, but he has a 7.11 ERA this season. Treinen entered Tuesday's game against the Bravesin the ninth inning with a three-run lead. Despite the great save opportunity, he allowed two hits, two walks and an earned run in 1/3 of an inning.
Kelley came into the game with the bases loaded and quickly dispatched of the last two batters, securing the 3-1 win. Kelley was presumed to be next in line to close, but Baker said he'll keep Glover in the mix as well. Glover, 24, has never recorded a save in his MLB career.
So far this season, Kelley has been the guy Baker has turned to after Treinen struggled. It is still likely Kelley will get first crack at save opportunities.
Treinen will return to a setup role, where he posted a sterling 2.28 ERA last season in 67 innings pitched.