Juan Nicasio
P PIT
7 days ago

Nicasio (1-3) allowed four runs without recording an out to blow his third save of the season during Friday's loss to the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

After Tony Watson was removed from the closer role, Nicasio was expected to split ninth-inning duties with Felipe Rivero, so Friday's outing was discouraging. Still, Nicasio owns a rock-solid 2.45 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.2 K/9 for the season, so his body of work leading into Friday had been solid. It's probably best not to make any hasty roster decisions yet.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
2 weeks ago

Nicasio will share the closer's role with Felipe Rivero moving forward, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Back-to-back blown saves ultimately led to Tony Watson's removal from the ninth inning job, allowing Nicasio and Rivero to move in to collect save opportunities. It seems like a full timeshare will be used going forward, although the 30-year-old right-hander's 1.35 ERA on the season and his six straight scoreless outings certainly make a strong case for him to be picked up whether he or Rivero wind up being used more frequently to close out games.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
2 weeks ago

Manager Clint Hurdle mentioned Nicasio or Felipe Rivero as a potential replacement for Tony Watson if the team decides to switch closers, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hurdle said that there would be no joint bullpen to close out games. "Most of the time, it's closer-by-committee if you don't have a closer," Hurdle said. "I think we've got two guys to look at, if Watson's not the closer, at least to consider." Rivero has put together one of the strongest relief campaigns in 2017 and is likely the front-runner, but Pittsburgh could continue to deploy him in the highest-leverage situations, leaving him out of the running for saves. Nicasio has one save in seven seasons, while Rivero has three saves in three years.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
1 month ago

Nicasio has only given up four runs in 20.2 innings this season.

EDGE Analysis

Nicasio has been pitching especially well of late, only giving up one run in his last 14 games. Over that span, he has held hitters to nine hits and five walks while striking out eight. For the season, his ERA is down at 1.74, a big improvement from last season when it was 4.50 in 118 innings. He'll continue to see plenty of chances for Pittsburgh but will probably be limited to earlier innings unless he can prove his new-found ability to keep hitters from scoring is more than just a hot streak.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
2 months ago

Nicasio has allowed two runs and seven hits over 5.2 innings to start the season.

EDGE Analysis

Nicasio has pitched only one clean inning this season, but has limited the damage along the way. Still, the 30-year-old figures to be an important piece of Pittsburgh's bullpen in 2017. After moving to the bullpen last season, Nicasio went 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA, while striking out 75 batters in 55.2 innings.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
4 months ago

Although the Pirates don't expect to use Nicasio as a closer, he will pitch in high leverage situations. "I like the role we had him in last year. He flourished in it," manager Clint Hurdle told the team's website. "There were games where he could give late-inning leverage, depending on the use of the other guys. There were days he came in and stopped the biggest situation of the game in the sixth inning, then was able to add another inning to it."

EDGE Analysis

He bombed as a starter in early 2016 but then pitched well out of the bullpen, compiling a 2.96 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 53.2 innings after June 26. Hurdle likened Nicasio's usage to that of Cleveland's Andrew Miller. "It was actually a similar situation to how you saw the two men [Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman] get used in the postseason," Hurdle noted. "We had a guy who was doing it for us." It will take injuries to Tony Watson, Daniel Hudson and Felipe Rivero for Nicasio to enter the saves' conversation.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
5 months ago

Nicasio and the Pirates avoided arbitration and agreed to a $3.65 million deal on Friday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates gave Nicasio a try in the rotation in 2016, hoping he could be another bargain-bin reclamation project, before eventually moving him back into the bullpen. While he might not be a real starter, he put up a 2.96 ERA after his return to the bullpen, so he seems to be at least an effective reliever.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
9 months ago

Nicasio earned his fifth hold Wednesday, striking out one batter in a scoreless relief inning.

EDGE Analysis

Nicasio has compiled a 2.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 71:17 K:BB in 50 innings since the team sent him to the bullpen. The right-hander has become one of the team's most reliable relievers, flashing closer's stuff, though Tony Watson is not in jeopardy of losing his job. Nicasio has already set a major league record with at least one strikeout in his last 31 relief appearances.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
9 months ago

Nicasio struck out two batters in two scoreless innings Saturday, improving to 10-6. He did not walk a batter.

EDGE Analysis

The righty has pitched much better since the team gave up on him as a starter. As a member of the rotation, Nicasio compiled a 5.05 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with a 63:25 K:BB in 62.1 innings. Throwing out of the bullpen, he's crafted a 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with a 70:19 K:BB in 49 innings.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
11 months ago

Nicasio (8-6) gave up an earned run on three hits over two innings in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Phillies. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

With rookie Tyler Glasnow forced from the game after three-plus innings with shoulder discomfort, Nicasio came in to eat up some innings and ended up being credited with the victory. The former starter was sharp, throwing 28 of 38 pitches for strikes and notching first-pitch strikes on six of nine hitters. The 29-year-old has been solid in relief since his move to the bullpen in late June, already tallying three victories and two holds over that span.