Brad Ziegler RP ARI 7 days ago

Ziegler rebounded from Sunday's loss to the Giants by picking up his eighth save in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Yankees. He walked a batter and struck out one while tossing 16 pitches.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite having two losses on the season, the righty is now 8-for-8 in save chances. Ziegler's 9:6 K:BB and 1.62 WHIP are fairly discouraging, but for now, Ziegler is seemingly safe in his role as Arizona's closer.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 week ago

Ziegler was tagged with the loss on Sunday against the Giants, allowing three hits, a walk and a run in an inning of work.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ziegler entered in the top of the ninth inning with the game tied 1-1 and proceeded to give up three straight hits. The first hit by Hunter Pence deflected off Ziegler, but he remained in the game. The Diamondbacks' closer has converted 35 straight save opportunities dating back to last season, but he doesn't have overwhelming stuff and is susceptible to innings like this from time to time. He now owns a 2.76 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 10:8 K:BB across 16.1 innings this year.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 weeks ago

Ziegler has converted 35 straight save opportunities dating back to last season, which is the longest active streak in the majors.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ziegler is 7-for-7 in save chances this season, and while his peripherals (1.61 WHIP, 10:7 K:BB in 14.1 innings) aren't great, he's still getting the job done with a 2.51 ERA. As long as he's recording saves, Ziegler figures to keep the closer gig over the likes of Daniel Hudson and Tyler Clippard.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 weeks ago

Ziegler walked one in a scoreless 11th inning Sunday to pick up his seventh save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While his 2.51 ERA appears solid, Ziegler's 1.61 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB in 14.1 innings are a better reflection of how he's pitched. He's 7-for-7 in converting save chances, however, and as long as he continues to get the job done when it matters he'll hang onto the closer role for the Diamondbacks.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 weeks ago

Ziegler pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his sixth save Saturday at the Braves.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ziegler was given a two-run lead, and he only needed 12 pitches to easily close out the victory. After allowing three runs in 0.1 innings on April 30, he's now gone two straight outings without allowing a run to lower his ERA to 2.70.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 4 weeks ago

Ziegler walked a batter and allowed a hit, but nailed down his fifth save of the year with a scoreless ninth against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although Ziegler has a sparkling 0.82 ERA, he also has a rather unappetizing 1.55 WHIP, and eventually his luck's going to balance out. It's worth noting that he's sitting on a career-best 7.36 K/9, a huge leap from last year's miserable 4.76 mark, but Ziegler's walks are up as well. Still, it's early and these may be little more than small-sample-size blips on the way to yet another solid campaign from Arizona's closer.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 month ago

Ziegler fanned two batters and worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Giants for his fourth save of the year.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bizarrely, over his last five outings, Ziegler's been defying everything we thought we knew about him. Generally a pitch-to-contact guy who does a great job limiting hits, he's struck out seven batters while giving up 10 hits in his last six innings. Nonetheless, despite all those men on base, Ziegler's been able to limit the damage, and he should bring that ugly 1.67 WHIP down as the season wears on. He remains unchallenged as Arizona's closer even though Tyler Clippard has been fantastic as his setup man.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 month ago

Ziegler pitched his way out of trouble in the ninth against the Padres on Friday to earn his second save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Clinging to a one-run lead, Ziegler allowed the first two hitters to reach base on singles. With runners at the corners, Ziegler struck out the next Padres batter, and then after an intentional walk, induced a ground ball double play to end the game. His two saves are far from perfect, but Ziegler is 2-for-2 in save opportunities.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 month ago

Ziegler picked up his first save despite allowing one run on one hit while striking out one over one inning Tuesday at the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ziegler was fortunate that the Diamondbacks' offense put up two insurance runs in the ninth to add to a 2-1 lead, allowing him to get away with allowing a run to score. Despite not completing a clean inning, he easily held onto the lead he inherited, and it was the only run he's allowed in four appearances this year.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 month ago

Ziegler picked up his first win of the season on Friday against the Cubs, navigating a hitless frame on 11 pitches.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ziegler set the Cubs down quickly in the top of the ninth on two ground outs and a pop out, then the Diamondbacks scored a walk-off win in the bottom of the inning. Ziegler doesn't rack up the strikeouts like most elite closers, but he keeps the ball on the ground, and should be a reliable source of saves and the occasional win this season.