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Top 10 Relief Pitchers From Last Week (7/9/18 – 7/15/18)

Whether it’s hot bats to pick up or measuring the rising stock of players already owned, this is the rundown. Here’s a look at standouts over the past week by Relief Pitchers.

 

1. Craig Kimbrel – BOS – RHP (99%)

1 W, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 8 K / 4.1 IP                      

Season Stats: (41 G) 1 W, 30 SV, 1.77 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 62 K / 16 BB in 40.2 IP

Kimbrel continues to cruise, hitting the 30 save mark before the half and striking out more than a batter an inning.

 

2. Felipe Vazquez – PIT – LHP (93%)

0 W, 5 SV, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 6 K / 4 IP

Season Stats: (43 G) 3 W, 23 SV, 3.05 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 57 K / 17 BB in 41.1 IP

Compiling 5 saves on the week while pitching only 4 innings is quite impressive, but Vasquez has done it. The Pirates were rolling and so was he as he continues to impress this season. Even though his numbers already look good, ERA indicators and BABIP show that he could be better, deserving an ERA around 2.75.

 

3. Yusmeiro Petit – OAK – RHP (2%)

2 W, 0 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 7 K / 7 IP

Season Stats: (44 G) 4 W, 0 SV, 3.20 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 44 K / 9 BB in 59 IP

Petit allowed four hits and no runs in three multi-inning relief appearances last week and is showing again how he could be valuable as a long reliever. His K rate has not been low, 10% lower than last year, which can be attributed in part to his cutter losing a touch a movement and missing less bats.

 

4. David Robertson – NYY- RHP (37%)

2 W, 0 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.30 WHIP, 5 K / 3.1 IP

Season Stats: (43 G) 7 W, 2 SV, 3.09 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 53 K / 14 BB in 43.2 IP

Robertson is just one of many stud arms in the pen for the Yankees, and although he is not in many high leverage spots, he does pick up the occasional W or save. His numbers continue to look good, and for a lot of other teams, he could be their closer. Just shows the bullpen’s depth.

 

5. Zach Britton – BAL- LHP (58%)

1 W, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 5 K / 4 IP                      

Season Stats: (15 G) 1 W, 4 SV, 3.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP,  13 K / 9 BB in 14.2 IP

Britton has been a bit shaky in his return from the DL, but has started to course correct and get his stuff back under command. He has no picked up 4 saves in the span of a few weeks. He is still a potential trade piece.

 

6. Brad Boxberger – ARI – RHP (84%)

0 W, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 6 K / 3 IP                      

Season Stats: (38 G) 1 W, 24 SV, 3.06 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 49 K / 18 BB in 35.1 IP

Boxberger’s job hold has been a little shaky here and there, but he certainly pulled through last week. He struck out two an inning and nailed three save opportunities in a row. His last 6 innings now are scoreless and has allowed 1 run in his last 10 appearances.

 

7. Elieser Hernandez – MIA- RHP (0%)

2 W, 0 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 4 K / 3 IP                      

Season Stats: (17 G) 2 W, 0 SV, 6.14 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 27 K / 19 BB in 44 IP

Hernandez has not been getting the K’s regularly but did so in his 3 innings last week. He is way back in the depth chart of even Miami’s bullpen, but that could change by the trade deadline.

 

8. Richard Rodriguez – PIT – RHP (1%)

1 W, 0.00 ERA, 0.40 WHIP, 6 K / 5 IP         

Season Stats: (34 G) 2 W, 0SV, 2.33 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 49 K / 8 BB in 38.2 IP

Rodriguez benefited from his team playing so well, taking a five-game sweep home. Rodriguez has been very valuable for the Pirates and has a great K rate, as well as tiny walk rate that supports his success.

 

9. Lou Trivino – OAK – RHP (33%)

0 W, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 8 K / 6 IP                      

Season Stats: (36 G) 7 W, 4 SV, 1.22 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 50 K / 19 BB in 44.1 IP

The A’s have been winning a lot of games lately, so much so that, even with Treinen back, he still picked up a save by how frequently they accumulated wins. Trivino is a name you want to remember if trade talks reach the As and Treinen is moved.

 

10. Wade Davis – COL – RHP (91%)

0 W, 2 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 3 K / 3 IP                      

Season Stats: (41 G) 0 W, 27 SV, 3.72 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 42 K / 19 BB in 38.2 IP

Davis has not done altogether too well in Colorado, despite maintaining a solid K rate. Last week he nailed down a couple of saves and still has 27 on the year despite an ERA inflated almost to 4.

 

 

 

 

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