Joakim Soria RP PIT 3 months ago

Soria gave up two earned runs on two hits and one walk while retiring just two batters Tuesday.

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Joakim Soria RP PIT 4 months ago

The Detroit Tigers are close to finalizing a deal that would send relief pitcher Joakim Soria to the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The deal is not yet complete, but Soria would be a strong addition to the Pirates' bullpen after posting a 2.85 ERA with 23 saves for the Tigers this season.

Joakim Soria RP PIT 5 months ago

Soria blew the save and took the loss Friday, giving up four earned runs on two hits and a walk while failing to record an out against the Twins.

The right-hander entered the ninth with runners on first and second, one out, and the Tigers sitting with a comfortable 6-2 lead. After a walk to load the bases, Soria plunked Kurt Suzuki, then allowed Danny Santana to knock in a run on a sharp single up the middle. Finally, a three-run homer off the bat of Brian Dozier ended the game. Prior to Friday's shellacking, Soria hadn't allowed a run in his last seven appearances and had worked his ERA down to 2.34. It now sits at 3.38.

Joakim Soria RP PIT 5 months ago

Soria notched his 20th save of the season Thursday in a 4-2 win over the Twins. He has four saves and a win in his last six appearances.

It was an unremarkable outing -- he faced four batters and had no strikeouts or walks, but he did allow a hit. It was the first appearance in his last seven that he failed to record at least one K.

Joakim Soria RP PIT 5 months ago

Soria shut the door on Toronto, allowing one hit and striking out two in the ninth inning of an 8-6 Detroit win Friday night.

He now has 18 saves to go with a 2.48 ERA and appears to be back on track after a short stretch of trouble in the middle of June. The always feisty Blue Jays' hitters exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to cut deeply into an 8-0 Detroit lead so his performance was very welcome.

Joakim Soria RP PIT 5 months ago

Soria, who had struggled through the middle of June with a bloated ERA, seems to have righted the ship over his last three outings. In his last three appearances (3.0 innings), he has allowed just three hits and struck out three, and has recorded one win and one save.

It's a stark contrast to the period between June 5 and 22 when he allowed six runs, nine hits (including five home runs) and struck out just two in 5.1 innings of work. He had one save and one blown save in that period. It's been a bad June overall for the entire Tigers' bullpen -- it has a 5.27 ERA and 1.650 WHIP this month -- so this turn for the better may start to stabilize the entire group.

Joakim Soria RP PIT 5 months ago

Soria pitched around a pair of hits, striking out one to close out the Tigers' 5-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night.

He is now 17-for-19 in save opportunities while allowing less than a baserunner per inning and posting a 2.73 ERA. Those are more than respectable numbers, however he has also allowed seven home runs, albeit most of those have come in non-save situations, so there is some reason for concern.

Joakim Soria RP PIT 5 months ago

Soria, who has been a dependable closer for the Tigers this season, has given up a home run in four straight games and five in his last six outings.

Three of those five have come in non-save situations, but it's still somewhat troubling. He has already allowed seven taters in 27.2 innings, which matches his career mark set in 60.1 innings in 2011. That 2011 season just happens to be the worst of his major-league career. Don't panic yet, but this does bear watching.

Joakim Soria RP PIT 5 months ago

Soria got roughed up Sunday, allowing a run and three hits in two-thirds of an inning against Cleveland. He allowed a home run, a hard-hit ball and a bloop hit.

He chalked it up to being 'just one of those games' when he spoke to reporters after the game. It wasn't a save situation, though -- Detroit had a commanding lead, so it was just an opportunity to get some work in. He remains 16-for-16 in save situations.

Joakim Soria RP PIT 6 months ago

Soria pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the White Sox to earn his 16th save of the season.

The 31-year-old has been great since taking over as the team's closer earlier this season, posting a 1.46 ERA while converting 16 of his 18 save opportunities. Soria is one of the most reliable and experienced closer's in the game and fantasy owners will only hope that he is able to improve on his current 7.09 K/9.