Brett Cecil
RP STL
3 weeks ago

Cecil gave up two hits but no runs in one inning during Sunday's 7-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Cecil, making his St. Louis debut after eight seasons in Toronto, did it the hard way Sunday. He opened the fourth by surrendering back-to-back singles to Martin Prado and Christian Yelich before setting down Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna, sandwiching a pair of strikeouts of the two sluggers around Bour's fly ball. Cecil, who's also on Team USA's roster for the WBC, brings a career 41-42 record, 4.20 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 78 holds and 11 saves across 656 innings to the Cardinals bullpen.

Brett Cecil
RP STL
1 month ago

Cecil will be a part of Team USA in the WBC, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After eight seasons north of the border with the Blue Jays, the veteran southpaw inked a four-year deal with the Cardinals on Nov. 19, and will be part of a Team USA staff that includes the Royals' Danny Duffy, the Tigers' Michael Fulmer, the Rays' Chris Archer, the Nationals' Tanner Roark, and former Toronto teammates J.A. Happ and Marcus Stroman. Cecil could serve as one of manager Jim Leyland's top bullpen options alongside the Indians' Andrew Miller during the tournament, and he'll look to bounce back this coming season from a somewhat shaky 2016 campaign that saw him post his highest ERA (3.93) since 2012.

Brett Cecil
RP STL
4 months ago

Cecil has agreed to a four-year deal possibly in excess of $30 million with the Cardinals, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

A four-year deal is quite the windfall for a reliever that had a rough contract year, posting a 3.93 ERA and missing time with a triceps strain in 2016. Still, his larger body of work is impressive enough to warrant a multi-year deal and the Cardinals are drasticlly in need of left-handed help out of the bullpen with Zach Duke (elbow) and Tyler Lyons (knee) out for several months due to surgery.

Brett Cecil
RP STL
4 months ago

Cecil was reportedly offered a three-year contract to resign with Toronto, Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cecil posted a 3.93 ERA over 54 appearances and 36.2 innings pitched in 2016. A left triceps strain forced him to miss six weeks beginning in mid-May, and Cecil's ERA had peaked at 6.75 by July 20th. From that point on, however, the southpaw regained his velocity and posted a 1.74 ERA in his final 30 appearances.

Brett Cecil
RP STL
6 months ago

Cecil picked up his eighth hold of the season, pitching one inning and striking out two Wednesday against Baltimore.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw was called upon in a pressing spot on Wednesday, entering with a pair of runners on base and one out in the top of the seventh. Cecil successfully work around the trouble while extending his streak to 15 straight scoreless outings. The 30-year-old should continue getting opportunities to pitch in high-leverage situations with Joaquin Benoit possibly out for the season because of a torn left calf muscle. Cecil been a rare bright spot in the Jays' struggling bullpen during the final month.

Brett Cecil
RP STL
6 months ago

Cecil's recent success is the result of gaining command of his curveball and throwing it more often at the expense of his sinker and cut-fastball, SB Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the first half of the season, Cecil struggled with his curveball to no end. He threw it for strikes only 32.98 percent of the time, and hitters smashed it to the tune of a .296 batting average and a .519 slugging percentage. That's changed dramatically since the break, as Cecil has dropped the hook in for a strike 49 percent of the time while holding batters to a .167 average against the pitch. The left-hander has been unhittable recently. Over Cecil's last 13 appearances, he's allowed just six hits and no runs while racking up a 12:1 K:BB over eight innings.

Brett Cecil
RP STL
6 months ago

Cecil was asked to retire just one batter, David Ortiz, in Sunday's game against the Red Sox. He induced a weak lineout from the power-hitting lefty.

EDGE Analysis

Cecil, typically a late-inning specialist, made an unusual early appearance in relief Sunday. He was called on in the fourth inning with nobody on base and two outs, an atypical low-leverage situation for Cecil. Nonetheless, the left-hander got the job done to extend his scoreless appearance streak to a season-best eight games. Cecil has made four September appearances, allowing two hits and notching four strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

Brett Cecil
RP STL
7 months ago

Cecil will be relied on heavily during September in high-leverage situations against left-handed hitters, Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blue Jays are expected to call up relief help Friday, their first chance to add reinforcements after rosters expanded Thursday. Left-handers Aaron Loup and Chad Girodo figure to be among those earning consideration for call-ups, but Cecil's clearly the number one lefty. "We certainly think he can help in high-leverage situations down the stretch and I think he's going to come up big for us," Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said. With plenty of moments ahead against left-handed hitters like Chris Davis, David Ortiz and Brian McCann, Cecil will be a busy man down the stretch.

Brett Cecil
RP STL
7 months ago

Cecil (1-7) allowed two runs on two hits while recording just two outs en route to his fourth blown save and seventh loss of the season Sunday against the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander spoiled a very strong performance by Jays' starter Marcus Stroman. Cecil was called on with a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth with one out. He promptly got the second out of the frame before Francisco Lindor reached on an infield single, followed up by a two-run off the bat of Indians' third baseman Jose Ramirez. Cecil was enjoying a strong second half of the season before Sunday's blowup, the kind of performance that loses relievers high-leverage opportunities.

Brett Cecil
RP STL
7 months ago

Cecil pitched the final frame, striking out two, in Sunday's 9-2 victory over the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander needed just nine pitches to finish off the Astros, one of Cecil's most efficient innings of the year. He's allowed just one earned run over his last 11 appearance, and owns a .130 BAA during that stretch. However, Cecil's fantasy value is limited because he's not pitching in high-leverage situations. Since returning from a triceps injury on June 30, the veteran has just one hold in 19 appearances.