Brad Ziegler RP ARI 3 days ago

Ziegler walked one and struck out a pair during a scoreless inning of work to earn his 12th save of the season Sunday against the Padres.

The veteran has now converted 10 straight save opportunities and has lowered his season ERA to 1.41, cementing his status as the top closer option for a resurgent Diamondbacks team.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 week ago

Ziegler struck out one in a perfect ninth to pick up his 11th save of the season Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Ziegler is now 11-for-13 in save chances this season and has now converted nine in a row. Despite having only 16 strikeouts in 31 innings this season, the groundballer has an impressive 1.45 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 weeks ago

Ziegler picked up his 10th save of the season Friday against San Diego. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a walk, a double, and striking out one.

Ziegler's continues to be Arizona's most effective reliever and has a firm grip on the closer role. It is worth noting, however, that he has only one clean appearance in his last seven trips to the mound. The extreme groundballer can be very effective, but without put away stuff, he can be prone to rough patches if he stops getting the routine grounders on which he makes his living. His 3.97 FIP tells you that he is getting a bit fortunate, so keep an eye on his next few outings for signs that his luck is changing.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 weeks ago

Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his ninth save of the season Wednesday against the Angels.

Ziegler picked up his ninth save in 10 tries and lowered his ERA to 1.55 for the season. He also has an impressive 0.93 WHIP, but his 14 strikeouts in 29 innings leaves more to be desired.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 3 weeks ago

Ziegler tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants on Saturday night to record his eighth save of the season.

Although Ziegler has not missed bats very often (14 strikeouts in 28 innings this season), he continues to get an extremely high number of his outs on the ground (4.67 G/F). The ratios have been excellent (1.61 ERA, 0.929 WHIP), so there's little incentive for manager Chip Hale to go back to Addison Reed at the present time.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 3 weeks ago

Ziegler pitched a perfect ninth inning Friday to pick up his seventh save of the season in a 1-0 win over the Giants.

Ziegler continues to be effective, converting his fourth straight save. The only worry is the home-run ball and his low strikeout rate. The only two runs he's allowed in the last month have come on solo homers, and he's also failed to record a strikeout since May 22. That said, it appears he has the closer role locked up for the time being.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 4 weeks ago

Ziegler picked up his sixth save of the season Saturday, allowing just one hit in a 2-1 win over the Mets.

He got into a bit of a jam, giving up a one-out single and then gaining another baserunner due to catcher's interference, but Ziegler pitched out of it, throwing first-pitch strikes to every batter he faced and inducing a game-ending double play. He's been effective since taking over for Addison Reed in the ninth inning, recording six saves in seven chances. Despite the general prejudice against sidearm closers, it appears that Ziegler's secured the role for now despite manager Chip Hale's recent indication that Reed is close to regaining his job.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 month ago

Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against Atlanta to pick up his fourth save of the season. He allowed one hit in the outing.

Ziegler has been Arizona's best reliever all season, posting a 1.50 ERA and 0.96 WHIP to go along with his handful of saves. He doesn't strike out many batters, but his ability to keep batted balls on the ground ensures he is effective. It's possible the D-Backs will go back to Addison Reed at some point, but Ziegler remains the closer for now.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 month ago

Ziegler allowed a run in the ninth inning Friday, but picked up his third save of the season.

Ziegler has been Arizona's best reliever this year, posting a 1.59 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Despite not posting big strikeout numbers, he is getting 3.64 ground balls for every fly ball he gives up and locking down saves for D-Backs. He should hold onto the closer role for the foreseeable future.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 month ago

Ziegler gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks Wednesday, taking the loss and the blown save against the Cardinals.

He gave up a game-tying home run to Jason Heyward and then after a few runners reached, Matt Carpenter scored from third base on a throwing error by catcher Jordan Pacheco to win the game in walk-off fashion. Ziegler needs to save games in order to be a fantasy asset, as he does not miss many bats (14 strikeouts in 21.2 innings), so nights like Wednesday are pretty unfortunate. It was just his second blown save of the season and his ERA sits at a very respectable 1.25, so it would seem that he would still be used in save chances going forward, at least in the short term.