Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Ziegler pitched two-thirds of a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Braves en route to his 10th save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Interestingly, the Marlins opted to begin the ninth inning with Jarlin Garcia, but after he loaded the bases with one out in the frame, it was up to Ziegler to clean up the mess. The sidewinder wound up inducing a game-ending double play on his only pitch of the evening. Ziegler's stock certainly isn't trending upward right now, as his 7.20 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in the month of September suggest, although he hasn't allowed an earned run in his past three appearances. However, he seems to have been leapfrogged for save opportunities in Miami, which could remove him from fantasy relevancy heading into 2018 if he's unable to reclaim the closer's role during spring training.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Ziegler (illness) was charged with a blown save after allowing an unearned run on two hits in one inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks. He struck out one.

EDGE Analysis

It was just Ziegler's second appearance in the past two weeks thanks to a back injury followed by an illness. He's 0-for-3 in save chances in September with an 8.31 ERA, so it may be wise to stay away from him for the final week of the season.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that he's hoping Ziegler (illness) will be available Wednesday, Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Just as Ziegler turned the page on a back issue, he fell under the weather. The submariner was unavailable both Monday and Tuesday as a result of the illness. Ziegler has squandered his last two save opportunities and the save chances have been few and far between lately for Miami, but he figures to remain the top endgame option over the remainder of the season.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Ziegler (back) is available out of the Marlins bullpen Monday night for the first time in over a week, Tim Healey

EDGE Analysis

Ziegler has been out of action since September 7. Expect the club to give him some lower leverage outings to ease himself back into action right away, with Kyle Barraclough or Drew Steckenrider most likely to receive save chances, at least in Ziegler's first few days back.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Ziegler (back) said Monday that he's hoping to pitch at some point this week, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ziegler is nursing a back issue and recently underwent an MRI, the results of which have not been disclosed publicly. We should know more about his status in the coming days. Kyle Barraclough seems like the top candidate to see save chances in Ziegler's absence, but Drew Steckenrider, who earned his first career save earlier this month, will also be an option.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Ziegler is dealing with back issues and will not be available Saturday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander has had a rough go lately, blowing two straight save opportunities, his latest coming Thursday. Ziegler may need a few days to recuperate from this setback. Kyle Barraclough presumably would step into save chances in his stead -- and it could be an audition for him to get the job in the long term.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Ziegler (1-4) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk to blow his fifth save of the season during Thursday's loss to Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

With Kyle Barraclough pitching extremely well -- 1.38 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 13.8 K/9 since returning from the disabled list Aug. 15 -- and a potential closer replacement for Ziegler, the 37-year-old veteran is treading in dangerous waters. Ziegler sports an underwhelming 5.04 ERA, WHIP and 5.0 K/9 for the campaign, and he's now blown consecutive save opportunities.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
5 months ago

Ziegler allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while recording a blown save and a loss Friday against the Phillies. He recorded one strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

With men on first and third with one out, Ziegler allowed an RBI single to Jorge Alfaro and an RBI groundout from Andres Blanco for the go-ahead tally. This meltdown was out of character for the veteran, who didn't allow a single run across 13 appearances in August. Ziegler should be secure in his role moving forward.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
5 months ago

Ziegler tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday to collect his ninth save of the season in an 8-6 win over the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

He's now 9-for-9 in save chances with a 0.00 ERA since taking over the Marlins' closer role at the beginning of August. Ziegler has never had overpowering stuff, but his deceptive submarine delivery remains effective in his 10th MLB season.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
5 months ago

Ziegler tossed a clean ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Phillies to earn his eighth save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Ziegler has yet to allow a run in the month of August, and he's a perfect eight-for-eight in save opportunities since taking over as Marlins' closer at the beginning of the month. He still owns an unimpressive 4.85 ERA and 21:14 K:BB through 39 innings this season, but the Marlins are making a late playoff push, so he should continue to see save chances over the final month of the season.