Over his last eight innings, Brad Boxberger has a 1.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with six saves in seven chances despite walking eight batters. Boxberger has four blown saves in 26 opportunities. Archie Bradley saw his 10.1-inning scoreless run end on July 10th when he allowed one run, three hits, and one home run over two-thirds of an inning. Bradley continues to have strength in his ERA (2.03) and WHIP (0.92). Yoshihisa Hirano struggled on July 4th (one run, three hits, and one home run over two-thirds innings) ending his 22.2 shutout streak.
Zach Britton pitched well over his last eight innings (2.25 ERA and 0.88 WHIP with six Ks) leading to a pair of saves in three chances. The rumor on the street is that Britton will be traded to a contender, which points to him losing his closing opportunity. Brad Brach pitched poorly over his last three games (five runs and eight baserunners over 2.2 innings with three Ks). Mychal Givens threw three shutout innings over his last three games with no walks and three Ks).
The Phillies turned to Victor Arano in their last three save chances. Over his last eight games, Arano has a 1.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with eight Ks over 8.1 innings. Seranthony Dominguez pitched eight scoreless innings with three hits, ten Ks, and four saves over his last six games. The closer job remains fluid in Philly. After missing 11 days with a shoulder issue, Edubray Ramos tossed 2.2 shutout innings in his last three games with no walks and one K.
San Diego Padres
Over his last two games, Brad Hand threw three shutout innings with six Ks, one win, and one save. His improvement is much higher than failure over his last five games (12.60 ERA and 2.20 WHIP). Kirby Yates blew up on July 7th (three runs and four baserunners over one-third inning) ending his scoreless run at 14 innings with 15 Ks. Craig Stammen struggled over his last six games (7.11 ERA and 1.89 WHIP).
San Francisco Giants
The best option for saves in San Fran remains Will Smith who’s been electric over his last six games (no runs over 5.2 innings with no walks, nine Ks, and three saves. Smith has an exception ERA (1.03) and WHIP (0.68) on the year. Mark Melancon allowed two runs and 12 baserunners over his last eight innings with four Ks. Tony Watson improved his shutout streak to 18 innings with five hits, three walks, and 17 Ks.
The Nationals placed Sean Doolittle on the DL over the last week with a left toe issue. He’s expected to return after the All-Star break. Doolittle is 22-for-23 in save conversions with strength in his ERA (1.45), WHIP (0.54), and Ks (49) over 37.1 innings. Kelvin Herrera will take over the ninth inning. Herrera struggled over his last ten games (five runs, 15 baserunners, and three home runs over 9.2 innings with nine Ks). Kelvin has 14 saves in 16 chances with the Royals. Ryan Madsen pitched poorly as well over his last ten games (9.35 ERA and 1.85 WHIP).