Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
1 week ago

With Craig Kimbrel unavailable Wednesday, Ziegler would serve as the closer if the Red Sox find themselves in a save situation, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel will not pitch Wednesday after doing so three of the last four days, which will allow Ziegler to work as the closer for one night. Ziegler has plenty experience in that role, having closed three games since being traded to the Red Sox and tallying 18 saves with the Diamondbacks earlier this season.

Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
2 weeks ago

Ziegler entered Saturday night's game in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and none out and struck out the side in Boston's 6-3 win over the Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

All 10 of Ziegler's pitches were in the strike zone as his performance preserved Boston's lead, setting up Craig Kimbrel to close the door on the Diamondbacks in the ninth. With Junichi Tazawa showing signs of losing effectiveness as an eighth-inning bridge, guys like Ziegler and Matt Barnes are being entrusted to setup duty.

Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
3 weeks ago

Ziegler worked around a walk and recorded a strikeout in a scoreless bottom of the 11th inning Thursday to secure a 3-2 win over the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

That's three saves with the Red Sox and 21 on the year for Ziegler, who got the call because Craig Kimbrel had already pitched 1.1 innings (enough to earn the win). It's a nice bonus for Ziegler owners, but he'll see precious few save chances behind a healthy Kimbrel the rest of the way.

Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
4 weeks ago

Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit to earn his second save with the Red Sox Sunday at the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Ziegler was protecting a two-run lead, and induced a double play ball after allowing a one-out single to close out the contest. He's now converted two of his three save opportunities since joining the Red Sox, and he has a 2.51 ERA for the entire season.

Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
4 weeks ago

Ziegler (2-5) gave up two unearned runs in the ninth inning Thursday against the Angels, suffering a blown save and a loss.

EDGE Analysis

After six straight scoreless outings to open his time in Boston, Ziegler's come crashing down with consecutive losses, although it's hard to blame him for Hanley Ramirez's game-ending throwing error. His time as the closer is coming to an end soon regardless of his performance, though, as Craig Kimbrel's return from the DL is getting close.

Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
1 month ago

Ziegler entered Wednesday's game in a non-save situation and allowed a ninth-inning homer in Boston's 4-3 loss to Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

This was the first blemish on Ziegler's record in Boston Prior to Wednesday, the side-arming reliever had thrown six consecutive scoreless innings (six strikeouts, one hit) since joining the Red Sox. Ziegler told Bill Doyle of the Providence Journal that he got too much of the plate and Cabrera is a good low-ball hitter. He'll remain Boston's primary closer until Craig Kimbrel is ready, which could come as early as next week, according to recent reports.

Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
1 month ago

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed that he plans to use Ziegler to close out games in the absence of Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel unless matchups dictate the need to use him in an earlier situation, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Uehara is undergoing an MRI on Wednesday and has already been placed on the DL, while the Red Sox are still hoping that Kimbrel will return from his knee surgery within the initial three-to-six week timetable provided. Robbie Ross and Tommy Layne may also emerge as candidates for match-up based saves in the short term if Ziegler is needed in a high-leverage situation that arises earlier in the game.

Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
1 month ago

Ziegler could be in line for save opportunities in the short term after Koji Uehara left Tuesday's game with a pectoral injury.

EDGE Analysis

Craig Kimbrel (knee) won't return until sometime in August, and Uehara could also be headed for a stay on the DL, although his prognosis may not be known until Wednesday. Ziegler has by far the most closing experience of anyone left standing in the Red Sox's bullpen, so he is the most likely candidate to save games in the short term.

Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
1 month ago

Ziegler needed just seven pitches to record a perfect seventh inning in Friday night's win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Both of Ziegler's appearances since being acquired by the Red Sox have been perfect -- three up, three down -- and efficient. Twelve of the right-hander's 15 pitches have gone for strikes.

Brad Ziegler
RP BOS
1 month ago

Ziegler mowed the side in order to preserve Boston's 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. He struck out two and induced a groundball out with seven of his eight pitches finding the strike zone.

EDGE Analysis

This wasn't a save situation, but one could easily see how Ziegler will be a boost to Boston's bullpen, whether as a part-time closer of full-time setup guy. Manager John Farrell named Koji Uehara the temporary closer while Craig Kimbrel (knee) is out of action, but the 41-year-old Uehara's performance this season has not been worthy of being a closer. We suspect Ziegler will get some save opportunities over the next month, or perhaps elevate to the fill-in closer job if Uehara (4.81 ERA, eight homers, 33.2 innings) continues to pitch like he has in the first half of 2016.