Jeremy Jeffress continues to impress as the Cubs closer, as the veteran reliever who signed a one year, $850k deal this offseason has outpitched everyone in that bullpen to date (including $45 million dollar Craig Kimbrel). So how legitimate is his 1.77 ERA and .93 WHIP? Not very at all, but at this point in the year, does it really matter? Out of 177 qualified relievers this season, Jeffress ranks 161st in K-BB rate, 151st in SIERA, and 154th in SwStr rate. While this was a nice season for Jeffress, I wouldn’t be buying into a repeat performance in 2021.
- Héctor Neris has taken back the closer role in Philadelphia as Brandon Workman continues to implode. Workman is droppable in all formats while Neris could be a difference-maker for the last week of the season. Since the Phillies traded for Workman, Neris has allowed just 2 ER over his last 11 innings pitched.
- With Ken Giles back on the IL, it appears as if Rafael Dolis will be the Blue Jays closer the rest of the way. Dolis has been great this season despite a high walk rate, and could help anyone in need of saves down the stretch. Keep in mind though, they have 4 games against the red hot Yankees next week.
- With Giovanny Gallegos and John Gant down, and Ryan Helsley struggling mightily, Andrew Miller has become the de facto closer in St. Louis, a role that figures to have plenty of opportunities over the last 10 days of the season. The Cardinals have 12 games in those 10 days, all against non-playoff teams (Pirates, Royals, Brewers).
- A pair of Red Sox relievers led the week in SV+HLD, as Matt Barnes earned 3 saves while Ryan Brasier picked up 3 holds. While it’s nice to see the Red Sox bullpen finally put together a nice string of games, the schedule going forward isn’t quite appealing as they get the Yankees, Orioles, and Braves to end the year.
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