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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (38) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 231
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri State
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Marlins manager Don Mattingly confirmed that Brad Ziegler has been removed from the closer role.
This comes on the heels of a brutal outing Wednesday against the Padres. Ziegler has been dreadful this year, delivering a sluggish 7.83 ERA with five losses and a blown save. Mattingly declined to name a replacement for Ziegler in the ninth inning, though Kyle Barraclough should be the obvious choice. Barraclough needs to be added in all fantasy formats. May 31 - 7:47 PM

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Brad Ziegler allowed two runs -- one earned -- and two hits with two walks while retiring just one batter in a blown save and loss Wednesday in San Diego.

The blown save was Ziegler's first of the season, but he slipped to 0-5 with a dismal 7.83 ERA. While his ERA is pretty awful for a closer, he has converted nine of his 10 save chances. However, he could be skating on thin ice after allowing eight earned runs across his past 3 2/3 innings over the past five appearances. Right now he is only worth keeping on a roster in deeper NL-only fantasy leagues. Kyle Barraclough is the guy to own in the Miami bullpen.
May 31 - 12:45 AM

Brad Ziegler surrendered three runs on four hits over 2/3 of an innings in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

For the longest time, the Marlins were clinging to a 1-0 lead. That fell apart late, though, with Wilmer Difo smacking a game-tying solo home run off Wei-Yen Chen in the eighth inning and Ziegler proceeding to surrender three runs in the top of the ninth. Mark Reynolds got that collapse started for the closer, greeting him with a solo home run after he trotted out to start the frame. Matt Adams and Trea Turner would later each come up with RBI singles to finish off the miserable frame. When the dust settled, the Nats held a 4-1 lead. Despite the run-scoring machinations, here, Ziegler was not weighed down with a blown save, as the game was tied when he entered for his fateful frame of work. He remains a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities, but has now surrendered three-plus runs in two of his last four appearances this season.
May 26 - 8:04 PM

Brad Ziegler allowed a hit but no runs in the ninth inning to snare a save versus the Mets on Wednesday.

He surrendered a one-out single to Adrian Gonzalez but was able to slam the door from there to protect a 2-1 lead. Somehow Ziegler has yet to blow a save in nine chances despite an 0-3 record and 6.55 ERA. He's not your typical closer because of his low-80's fastball, low strikeout rate and extreme groundball profile. The Marlins will likely keep giving him save chances in the hope of building his trade value so they can flip him for a prospect this summer.
May 23 - 10:40 PM

Brad Ziegler retired all three hitters that he faced in the ninth inning on Tuesday, needing just six pitches to put away the Mets.

Unfortunately for Ziegler, and for his fantasy owners, the Marlins tacked on two runs in the eighth inning which made it a non-save situation. The 38-year-old is a perfect eight-for-eight in save situations this season, though he owns a cringe-inducing 6.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP.
May 22 - 10:39 PM

Brad Ziegler notched his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Braves on Friday.

Ziegler gave up a one-out single to Nick Markakis, but he induced a double-play grounder from Tyler Flowers to end it. The 38-year-old has an ugly 5.59 ERA in 19 appearances this season, but he’s 8-for-8 in save chances. There are multiple appealing alternatives at closer in this bullpen, but the Marlins are undoubtedly hoping that Ziegler pitches well enough in the role to net a decent prospect at the trade deadline.
May 18 - 11:07 PM

Brad Ziegler allowed one hit but no runs in a scoreless ninth inning and was rewarded with a save against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

He was called upon to protect a one-run lead and immediately put that in jeopardy by allowing a leadoff single to Chase Utley. After getting Joc Pederson to fly out to center, Ziegler induced a game-ending double-play ball from Justin Turner. Ziegler is far from the Marlins' best reliever but they let him close out their wins, most likely to pump up his trade value for a potential deadline deal this summer. He has seven saves and a 5.89 ERA in 18 games. He has 102 career saves, including a high of 30 back in 2015 with the Diamondbacks.
May 16 - 10:54 PM

Brad Ziegler notched his sixth save despite giving up a homer to Cody Bellinger in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Marlins.

It's the third homer that Ziegler has allowed and he's sporting a 6.23 ERA, but he still hasn't taken a blown save, going 6-for-6. He'll continue to close until the Marlins find a taker for his salary.
May 15 - 10:21 PM

Brad Ziegler notched his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Braves on Friday night.

It was also his 100th career save. Ziegler worked around a two-out single from Preston Tucker to finish off the victory. The 38-year-old holds an ugly 6.06 ERA for the year, but he’s allowed just one run in his last six appearances. Still, he’s perhaps the least-inspiring closer for fantasy purposes.
May 11 - 10:31 PM

Brad Ziegler got the final two outs in Sunday's win over the Reds, earning his fourth save in the process.

The Marlins entered the bottom of the ninth with a five-run lead, but Ziegler was called on after the Reds pushed across two runs to make it an 8-5 game. Ziegler induced a pair of ground balls that should have ended the game, but a fielding error brought the winning run to the plate with two outs. The right-hander then struck out Scott Schebler to end the game. Ziegler remains the closer despite a 6.28 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, and he'll continue to carry value as long as that's the case.
May 6 - 9:32 PM

Brad Ziegler struck out two in an inning of work on Sunday while picking up his third save of the year.

Ziegler gave up one hit to Nolan Arenado, but he kept him on the bases while striking out two in one of his better outings of 2018. Even with the clean inning Ziegler's ERA still sits at an ugly 7.71, and unless you are desperate for saves, you can do a lot better with other closing options.
Apr 29 - 3:52 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after Saturday's game that Brad Ziegler "was not 100 percent today."

"He could have went," Mattingly said. "I trust all those guys out there. It was just a night when he was not feeling 100 percent. I knew it was a situation where the other guys were. I just really want to go with the guys who are 100 percent." It's not clear from Mattingly's comments whether Ziegler -- who hasn't pitched since Wednesday -- was under the weather or dealing with some soreness. Kyle Barraclough received the save chance Saturday, hitting a batter but striking out the side in a win over the Rockies. Whether we've seen a changing of the guard here isn't clear, but Barraclough needs to be owned regardless.
Apr 29 - 9:54 AM

Brad Ziegler needed just eight pitches in a perfect ninth inning for his second save of the season Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Ziegler has had some trouble in non-save situations, and the struggling Marlins just haven't give him very many chances to nail down saves. He has converted each of his save chances this season, but this was his first since April 8. Ziegler is the team's closer, but he is nailing down saves for a bad team and his production will be sporadic at best.
Apr 25 - 2:13 AM

Brad Ziegler surrendered one run on three hits over one inning of work in Saturday's loss to the Marlins.

Tough moment for Ziegler, who came on to start the top of the ninth with the game knotted at 0-0. He couldn't keep it there. After putting runners on first and third with one out, an infield hit by Corey Dickerson finally broke the seal to score the first and ultimately only run of the game. While he wasn't exactly rocked on Saturday, Ziegler has now been touched up in back-to-back appearances. He's been burned for six runs in 6 2/3 innings for the season as a whole. Issues for relievers stand out very starkly early in the year simply due to their limited number of innings, but no matter how you slice it, it's been a disappointing start to the campaign for the veteran right-hander.
Apr 14 - 10:17 PM

Brad Ziegler took a loss after allowing two runs -- one earned -- in the ninth versus the Mets on Tuesday.

It was the second loss for Ziegler, who came into a tie game after Kyle Barraclough gave up two runs to take a blown save in the eighth. Ziegler has allowed five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, so his leash could be getting pretty short. Barraclough and Drew Steckenrider would vie for the ninth if Ziegler is replaced.
Apr 10 - 10:39 PM

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Relief Pitcher
R1Kyle Barraclough
2Brad Ziegler
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