Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 5 days ago

Papelbon gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to protect a 4-1 lead against the Marlins and notch his 12th save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

His ratios on the year aren't great (3.06 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 13:5 K:BB in 17.2 innings) but Papelbon has only been scored upon in three of his 18 appearances in 2016, making him a fairly steady hand at the back of the Nationals' bullpen. With the team on pace for 100 wins and holding the second-best record in the National League, there should be plenty more save chances ahead for Papelbon.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 2 weeks ago

Papelbon retired the only two batters he faced Friday night, one via strikeout, and logged his 10th save of the season as the Nationals topped Miami by a 5-3 score.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He is 10-for-12 in save chances with a lackluster 3.68 ERA, and an even less attractive 1.36 WHIP, but he is likely solidly entrenched in the closer's role as long as he stays healthy, and in a Washington uniform so he remains a fantasy asset.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 2 weeks ago

Papelbon covered two scoreless innings in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs in 13 innings, conceding two hits and a walk.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After going unused in the Nats' previous four games following his three-run implosion Tuesday against the Royals, Papelbon recovered well Sunday, keeping the Cubs off the board while covering the 11th and 12th innings. The 35-year-old is still sitting on a lackluster 3.86 ERA and 1.42 WHIP for the season, but both figures should improve as the 35-year-old logs more appearances.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 3 weeks ago

Papelbon allowed three runs on five hits and only managed to record two outs before taking the loss Tuesday against the Royals in his second blown save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Papelbon was singled to death, as he didn't allow an extra-base hit in the whole rally. Even though he got four swinging strikes out of his 26 pitches, only one came at the critical moment for a strikeout. The Royals have been lauded for their ability to put the ball in play throughout their run atop the American League, and this ninth inning against Papelbon was a master class in the art. Papelbon had streaks of four consecutive saves and six consecutive scoreless appearances snapped as his ERA rose from 2.38 to 4.50.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 3 weeks ago

Papelbon threw a clean inning with a strikeout to record the save Monday against Kansas City, his ninth.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Since blowing his first and only save of the season back on April 17, Papelbon hasn't allowed a run, with three strikeouts, three saves, and just four baserunners allowed over five appearances covering 4.2 innings. His ERA has dropped from 4.76 to 2.38 over that span.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 4 weeks ago

Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning while allowing a walk to earn his eighth save Friday at the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Papelbon walked the leadoff hitter before inducing the next hitter to ground into a double play to end the threat and protect the one-run lead he was given. He's now held opponents scoreless over his last five outings since blowing his only save of the season to lower his ERA to 2.61.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 1 month ago

Papelbon struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to notch his seventh save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He hasn't exactly been flawless this season, as his 3.52 ERA in 7.2 innings attests, but Papelbon's 6:0 K:BB is still quite strong and he should continue to get plenty of save opportunities as the closer for a potentially dominant Nats squad.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 1 month ago

Papelbon worked around a single in a scoreless ninth Wednesday against Miami for his sixth save of the year.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After being blown up in Philadelphia over the weekend, Papelbon got a couple days off and came right back with a strong outing. His ratios are a bit inflated in the early going here because the veteran closer's allowed nine hits in 6.2 innings, but Papelbon also hasn't walked a batter yet this year.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 1 month ago

Papelbon (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits over 0.2 innings as he blew the save and also took a loss Sunday at the Phillies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Papelbon came into pitch the 10th inning after a Bryce Harper bomb gave the Nationals a one-run lead, but he gave up consecutive run-scoring hits to end the ball game. Despite his struggles, he came into this game having recorded saves in each of his previous five appearances. For now, this appears to be little more than a blip on the radar.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 1 month ago

Papelbon earned his league-leading fifth save of 2016 Wednesday, shutting the door on Atlanta in the 3-0 victory.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The right-hander did allow A.J. Pierzynski to single, but he was erased by Erick Aybar's double play to end the game. The only run Papelbon has allowed this season was a solo home run by Christian Yelich on Sunday. Papelbon is a perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities with four strikeouts in five innings.