Reliever Rankings, July 20

Reliever Rankings

Reliever Rankings, July 20

Welcome to the July 20 edition of (clutch) Reliever Rankings! There has been some shuffling in the team rankings since the last edition. Furthermore, some relievers who had tremendous starts have either come back to Earth or straight up slumped.

A reminder that these are clutch reliever rankings. Mop-up duty or pitching while behind, while important, is not what makes a bullpen earn its keep. Pitching scoreless innings in tie games or with a narrow lead is what does it. Another way to look at this is which back ends of bullpens are most trustworthy.

Reliever Rankings ranks teams by league in the following categories: Goose Egg percentage (GE%), Broken Egg percentage (BE%), and GE per BE (GE/BE). These ranks are averaged to get their overall ranking. The reason we are looking at Goose Eggs — a clutch relief stat invented by Nate Silver — and not saves is that Goose Eggs give a better indication of clutch performance. Plus, they go inning-by-inning instead of game-by-game. (The short version: A Goose Egg is a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh inning or later of either a tie game or one where his team holds a narrow lead. When the pitcher allows an earned run in that situation, it is a Broken Egg. If he allows an unearned run or an inherited run, it is a Meh. In chess terms, that’s akin to a stalemate.)

This week, we will look at the American League first. Statistics are up to and including July 18.

 

AL Reliever Rankings

1 Seattle Mariners
2 New York Yankees
3 Cleveland Indians
4 Los Angeles Angels
5 Chicago White Sox
6 (T) Boston Red Sox
6 (T) Tampa Bay Rays
8 Detroit Tigers
9 (T) Minnesota Twins
9 (T) Oakland Athletics
11 Houston Astros
12 Toronto Blue Jays
13 Kansas City Royals
14 (T) Baltimore Orioles
14 (T) Texas Rangers

 

AL Individual Leaders

Goose Eggs
1 Chad Green NYY 23
2 Raisel Iglesias LAA 22
3 (T) Matt Barnes BOS 20
James Karinchak CLE 20
Ryan Pressly HOU 20
Taylor Rogers MIN 20

 

Broken Eggs
1 Jake Diekman OAK 7
2 (T) Ryan Thompson TB 6
John King TEX 6
4 11 Tied 5

 

The 11 are Matt Barnes (BOS), Adam Ottavino (BOS), Liam Hendriks (CHW), Aaron Bummer (CHW), Emmanuel Clase (CLE), Bryan Shaw (CLE), Greg Holland (KCR), Hansel Robles (MIN), Jorge Alcala (MIN), Rafael Montero (SEA), and Diego Castillo (TB).

 

GE/BE Ratio (Min. 10 GE)
1 Ian Kennedy TEX INF
2 Ryan Pressly HOU 20.0
3 Kendall Graveman SEA 14.0
4 JP Feyereisen TB 12.0
5 (T) James Karinchak CLE 10.0
Tony Watson LAA 10.0

 

 

AL Notable Performers

Here are notable performers from each American League team.

 

Baltimore Orioles

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Paul Fry 11 2 4 64.7% 11.8% 5.5
Cesar Valdez 8 4 2 57.1% 28.6% 2.0
Tanner Scott 8 3 5 50.0% 18.8% 2.7
Adam Plutko 5 3 6 35.7% 21.4% 1.7
Travis Lakins 4 3 1 50.0% 37.5% 1.3

 

Boston Red Sox

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Matt Barnes 20 5 1 76.9% 19.2% 4.0
Adam Ottavino 17 5 2 70.8% 20.8% 3.4
Josh Taylor 8 0 1 88.9% 0.0% INF
Garrett Whitlock 7 3 0 70.0% 30.0% 2.3
Darwinzon Hernandez 6 2 5 46.2% 15.4% 3.0
Matt Andriese 4 4 1 44.4% 44.4% 1.0

 

Chicago White Sox

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Liam Hendriks 14 5 4 60.9% 21.7% 2.8
Codi Heuer 12 3 5 60.0% 15.0% 4.0
Garrett Crochet 9 2 3 64.3% 14.3% 4.5
Evan Marshall 8 1 3 66.7% 8.3% 8.0
Aaron Bummer 8 5 5 44.4% 27.8% 1.6
Michael Kopech 5 1 3 55.6% 11.1% 5.0

 

Cleveland Indians

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
James Karinchak 20 2 2 83.3% 8.3% 10.0
Emmanuel Clase 16 5 3 66.7% 20.8% 3.2
Bryan Shaw 11 5 0 68.8% 31.3% 2.2
Nick Wittgren 8 2 0 80.0% 20.0% 4.0
Cal Quantrill 3 1 0 75.0% 25.0% 3.0

 

Detroit Tigers

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Jose Cisnero 16 3 5 66.7% 12.5% 5.3
Gregory Soto 15 3 2 75.0% 15.0% 5.0
Michael Fulmer 9 3 2 64.3% 21.4% 3.0
Kyle Funkhouser 8 0 2 80.0% 0.0% INF

 

Houston Astros

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Ryan Pressly 20 1 4 80.0% 4.0% 20.0
Ryne Stanek 11 3 4 61.1% 16.7% 3.7
Brooks Raley 6 2 3 54.5% 18.2% 3.0
Bryan Abreu 5 2 0 71.4% 28.6% 2.5
Cristian Javier 3 1 0 75.0% 25.0% 3.0
Blake Taylor 2 3 1 33.3% 50.0% 0.7

 

Kansas City Royals

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Scott Barlow 15 4 3 68.2% 18.2% 3.8
Greg Holland 11 5 0 68.8% 31.3% 2.2
Jake Brentz 8 4 2 57.1% 28.6% 2.0
Josh Staumont 7 1 1 77.8% 11.1% 7.0

 

Los Angeles Angels

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Raisel Iglesias 22 4 2 78.6% 14.3% 5.5
Mike Mayers 14 4 7 56.0% 16.0% 3.5
Tony Watson 10 1 2 76.9% 7.7% 10.0
Steve Cishek 6 0 5 54.5% 0.0% INF

 

Minnesota Twins

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Taylor Rogers 20 4 3 74.1% 14.8% 5.0
Hansel Robles 14 5 4 60.9% 21.7% 2.8
Tyler Duffey 12 4 3 63.2% 21.1% 3.0
Alex Colome 9 4 2 60.0% 26.7% 2.3

 

New York Yankees

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Chad Green 23 3 4 76.7% 10.0% 7.7
Aroldis Chapman 19 4 2 76.0% 16.0% 4.8
Jonathan Loaisiga 17 3 4 70.8% 12.5% 5.7
Darren O’Day 4 1 1 66.7% 16.7% 4.0
Justin Wilson 4 1 1 66.7% 16.7% 4.0
Wandy Peralta 4 1 1 66.7% 16.7% 4.0
Lucas Luetge 3 2 1 50.0% 33.3% 1.5

 

Oakland Athletics

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Lou Trivino 17 3 2 77.3% 13.6% 5.7
Yusmeiro Petit 14 2 5 66.7% 9.5% 7.0
Jake Diekman 12 7 0 63.2% 36.8% 1.7
Sergio Romo 4 1 2 57.1% 14.3% 4.0

 

Seattle Mariners

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Kendall Graveman 14 1 1 87.5% 6.3% 14.0
Rafael Montero 12 5 1 66.7% 27.8% 2.4
Anthony Misiewicz 11 4 2 64.7% 23.5% 2.8
Paul Sewald 8 1 1 80.0% 10.0% 8.0
Drew Steckenrider 6 1 0 85.7% 14.3% 6.0
Keynan Middleton 5 0 2 71.4% 0.0% INF
Erik Swanson 4 0 0 100.0% 0.0% INF
JT Chargois 4 0 3 57.1% 0.0% INF

 

Tampa Bay Rays

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Diego Castillo 17 5 1 73.9% 21.7% 3.4
Ryan Thompson 14 6 5 56.0% 24.0% 2.3
Andrew Kittredge 13 2 1 81.3% 12.5% 6.5
JP Feyereisen 12 1 2 80.0% 6.7% 12.0
Pete Fairbanks 12 3 2 70.6% 17.6% 4.0
Matt Wisler 8 1 1 80.0% 10.0% 8.0
Jeffrey Springs 7 4 6 41.2% 23.5% 1.8

 

Texas Rangers

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Ian Kennedy 14 0 1 93.3% 0.0% INF
Joely Rodriguez 10 4 2 62.5% 25.0% 2.5
Josh Sborz 6 3 2 54.5% 27.3% 2.0
Taylor Hearn 4 2 2 50.0% 25.0% 2.0
Brett Martin 4 0 6 40.0% 0.0% INF
John King 4 6 0 40.0% 60.0% 0.7

 

Toronto Blue Jays

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Jordan Romano 13 3 1 76.5% 17.6% 4.3
Tyler Chatwood 9 3 0 75.0% 25.0% 3.0
Rafael Dolis 7 3 2 58.3% 25.0% 2.3
Tim Mayza 6 2 1 66.7% 22.2% 3.0
David Phelps 5 0 2 71.4% 0.0% INF
Julian Merryweather 4 0 0 100.0% 0.0% INF
Anthony Castro 4 3 1 50.0% 37.5% 1.3

 

Top Three

Ryan Pressly (HOU), James Karinchak (CLE), Ian Kennedy (TEX)

 

NL Reliever Rankings

1 St. Louis Cardinals
2 Chicago Cubs
3 Pittsburgh Pirates
4 San Diego Padres
5 San Francisco Giants
6 Milwaukee Brewers
7 Los Angeles Dodgers
8 New York Mets
9 Cincinnati Reds
10 Miami Marlins
11 Philadelphia Phillies
12 Washington Nationals
13 Atlanta Braves
14 Colorado Rockies
15 Arizona Diamondbacks

 

NL Individual Leaders

Goose Eggs
1 (T) Josh Hader MIL 24
Mark Melancon SD 24
3 (T) Tyler Rogers SF 23
Giovanny Gallegos STL 23
5 Three Tied 21

The three are Will Smith (ATL), Craig Kimbrel (CHC), and Jake McGee (SF).

Broken Eggs
1 AJ Minter ATL 10
2 Daniel Bard COL 8
3 Yimi Garcia MIA 7
4 (T) Will Smith ATL 6
Hector Neris PHL 6

 

GE/BE Ratio (Min. 10 GE)
1 Andrew Chafin CHC 16.0
2 Tejay Antone CIN 14.0
3 Craig Kimbrel CHC 10.5
4 Josh Hader MIL 8.0
5 Tyler Rogers SF 7.7

 

NL Notable Performers

Here are notable performers from each National League team.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Noe Ramirez 6 0 0 100.0% 0.0% INF
Kevin Ginkel 5 2 1 62.5% 25.0% 2.5
Taylor Clarke 5 3 0 62.5% 37.5% 1.7
Stefan Crichton 5 3 2 50.0% 30.0% 1.7
Joakim Soria 4 3 1 50.0% 37.5% 1.3
Caleb Smith 2 1 0 66.7% 33.3% 2.0
Alex Young 2 5 3 20.0% 50.0% 0.4

 

Atlanta Braves

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Will Smith 21 6 2 72.4% 20.7% 3.5
AJ Minter 14 10 2 53.8% 38.5% 1.4
Chris Martin 12 4 0 75.0% 25.0% 3.0
Luke Jackson 8 4 2 57.1% 28.6% 2.0
Tyler Matzek 6 2 2 60.0% 20.0% 3.0

 

Chicago Cubs

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Craig Kimbrel 21 2 2 84.0% 8.0% 10.5
Ryan Tepera 19 3 2 79.2% 12.5% 6.3
Andrew Chafin 16 1 3 80.0% 5.0% 16.0
Dan Winkler 5 1 1 71.4% 14.3% 5.0

 

Cincinnati Reds

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Tejay Antone 14 1 2 82.4% 5.9% 14.0
Lucas Sims 13 3 4 65.0% 15.0% 4.3
Heath Hembree 9 4 3 56.3% 25.0% 2.3
Brad Brach 7 2 3 58.3% 16.7% 3.5
Ryan Hendrix 6 1 2 66.7% 11.1% 6.0
Amir Garrett 5 3 3 45.5% 27.3% 1.7
Sean Doolittle 4 3 3 40.0% 30.0% 1.3
Josh Osich 2 0 4 33.3% 0.0% INF

 

Colorado Rockies

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Daniel Bard 13 8 3 54.2% 33.3% 1.6
Mychal Givens 10 3 3 62.5% 18.8% 3.3
Carlos Estevez 9 4 1 64.3% 28.6% 2.3
Jhoulys Chacin 7 1 0 87.5% 12.5% 7.0
Tyler Kinley 5 2 1 62.5% 25.0% 2.5

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Kenley Jansen 20 5 3 71.4% 17.9% 4.0
Blake Treinen 20 4 7 64.5% 12.9% 5.0
Victor Gonzalez 8 5 1 57.1% 35.7% 1.6
Jimmy Nelson 5 2 1 62.5% 25.0% 2.5
Dennis Santana 4 0 1 80.0% 0.0% INF
Corey Knebel 4 1 1 66.7% 16.7% 4.0
Phil Bickford 4 1 2 57.1% 14.3% 4.0

 

Miami Marlins

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Dylan Floro 18 5 0 78.3% 21.7% 3.6
Yimi Garcia 18 7 2 66.7% 25.9% 2.6
Anthony Bass 10 5 2 58.8% 29.4% 2.0
Richard Bleier 8 4 2 57.1% 28.6% 2.0
Anthony Bender 4 1 1 66.7% 16.7% 4.0
John Curtiss 3 1 0 75.0% 25.0% 3.0

 

Milwaukee Brewers

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Josh Hader 24 3 2 82.8% 10.3% 8.0
Devin Williams 19 5 2 73.1% 19.2% 3.8
Brad Boxberger 15 5 1 71.4% 23.8% 3.0
Brent Suter 9 3 2 64.3% 21.4% 3.0
JP Feyereisen 7 2 1 70.0% 20.0% 3.5

 

New York Mets

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Edwin Diaz 20 5 2 74.1% 18.5% 4.0
Miguel Castro 10 4 1 66.7% 26.7% 2.5
Seth Lugo 9 2 0 81.8% 18.2% 4.5
Aaron Loup 8 2 7 47.1% 11.8% 4.0
Trevor May 7 2 2 63.6% 18.2% 3.5
Jeurys Familia 5 1 2 62.5% 12.5% 5.0

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Jose Alvarado 16 3 3 72.7% 13.6% 5.3
Hector Neris 15 6 2 65.2% 26.1% 2.5
Connor Brogdon 7 2 3 58.3% 16.7% 3.5
Archie Bradley 5 1 1 71.4% 14.3% 5.0
Ranger Suarez 5 3 3 45.5% 27.3% 1.7
Sam Coonrod 5 4 3 41.7% 33.3% 1.3
Bailey Falter 3 1 0 75.0% 25.0% 3.0

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Richard Rodriguez 19 3 0 86.4% 13.6% 6.3
David Bednar 5 1 0 83.3% 16.7% 5.0
Kyle Crick 5 1 1 71.4% 14.3% 5.0
Chris Stratton 4 1 0 80.0% 20.0% 4.0

 

San Diego Padres

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Mark Melancon 24 4 5 72.7% 12.1% 6.0
Emilio Pagan 16 4 1 76.2% 19.0% 4.0
Tim Hill 11 3 1 73.3% 20.0% 3.7
Pierce Johnson 5 0 0 100.0% 0.0% INF
Drew Pomeranz 5 2 0 71.4% 28.6% 2.5
Austin Adams 5 1 3 55.6% 11.1% 5.0

 

San Francisco Giants

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Tyler Rogers 23 3 4 76.7% 10.0% 7.7
Jake McGee 21 4 2 77.8% 14.8% 5.3
Zack Littell 4 0 0 100.0% 0.0% INF
Camilo Doval 4 2 2 50.0% 25.0% 2.0
Dominic Leone 3 0 2 60.0% 0.0% INF
Matt Wisler 3 2 0 60.0% 40.0% 1.5

 

St. Louis Cardinals

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Giovanny Gallegos 23 5 1 79.3% 17.2% 4.6
Alex Reyes 20 3 1 83.3% 12.5% 6.7
Genesis Cabrera 10 2 4 62.5% 12.5% 5.0
Ryan Helsley 5 2 0 71.4% 28.6% 2.5

 

Washington Nationals

Name GE BE M GE% BE% GE/BE
Brad Hand 16 5 4 64.0% 20.0% 3.2
Daniel Hudson 13 2 2 76.5% 11.8% 6.5
Kyle Finnegan 7 4 1 58.3% 33.3% 1.8
Austin Voth 6 2 0 75.0% 25.0% 3.0
Tanner Rainey 6 4 2 50.0% 33.3% 1.5

Top Three

Craig Kimbrel (CHC), Josh Hader (MIL), Tyler Rogers (SF)

 

Glossary

A Goose Egg is a scoreless inning of clutch relief (seventh inning or later; tie game, a lead of no more than two runs, or entering the game with the tying run on base or at bat). A Broken Egg is a failed Goose Egg situation — one where the pitcher allows an earned run. A Meh is a Goose Egg situation that did not result in a GE or BE. GE/BE is the ratio of GE to BE; the historical average is around 3-to-1. For a full explanation of the statistic, see this article by its inventor, Nate Silver.

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