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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joakim Soria earned his 15th save of the season Wednesday in the Tigers' defeat of the A's.
Soria gave up a leadoff single to Stephen Vogt and a one-out walk to Mark Canha, but he ended the threat by striking out Brett Lawrie and Marcus Semien in order. Soria boasts a 1.27 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 17/4 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings this season and should remain a highly valuable fantasy closer all year on another good Tigers team. May 27 - 6:53 PM

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Joakim Soria held the Athletics scoreless in the ninth inning, earning his 14th save as the Tigers held on to win 1-0 on Tuesday.

Soria allowed a two-out double to Sam Fuld, but got Billy Burns to fly out to left field to end the game. It was the first time Soria had pitched since blowing the save against the Astros on May 21. He's 14-for-15 in save chances thus far with a 1.33 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
May 27 - 1:13 AM

Joakim Soria allowed a solo home run to Preston Tucker in the top of the ninth inning to blow his first save of the season during Thursday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Astros.

Well that was unexpected. Soria came into the contest a perfect 13-for-13 on save chances and the pinch-hitting Preston Tucker stepped up with just 28 at-bats and zero home runs. One pitch changed all of that. It marked the end of a slow bleed for the Tigers, who entered the seventh inning with a 5-0 lead and saw the Astros score three in that frame, one in the eighth and the game-tying run in the ninth. Despite the blown save, Soria remains a top-tier fantasy closer and currently boasts a 1.42 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
May 21 - 4:57 PM

Joakim Soria notched his 12th save of the season Saturday in the Tigers' 4-3 extra-innings win over the Cardinals.

Matt Holliday led off the bottom of the 10th with a drive into the right-center field gap, but he got thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double. Matt Adams then laced a one-out single, but Soria battled back to whiff Mark Reynolds and Yadier Molina in order. Soria owns a stellar 1.06 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season and he has not blown a save opportunity. He should remain a top-tier closer all year.
May 16 - 7:47 PM

Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure his 10th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Soria entered with the Tigers up 6-4. The Royals battled him tough and forced him to throw 15 pitches, but 13 of those went for strikes and Soria never caved. With the clean inning, he picked up his 10th save and lowered his ERA to 1.54. He currently holds a 7/2 K/BB in 11 2/3 innings. He's looked great since taking over as closer for the ailing Joe Nathan (elbow).
May 3 - 6:54 PM

Joakim Soria notched his ninth save of the season Wednesday in the Tigers' defeat of the Twins.

Soria issued a leadoff walk to Shane Robinson and a two-out single to Joe Mauer that put runners on the corners and brought the tying run to the plate, but he struck out Trevor Plouffe to end it on a questionable outside pitch. Soria has been terrific since taking over for Joe Nathan (elbow) as the Tigers' ninth-inning man. And he should maintain high-level fantasy value all year.
Apr 29 - 4:59 PM

Joakim Soria worked around a leadoff single to earn his eighth save of the season, helping the Tigers take down the Twins 5-4 on Monday.

Jordan Schafer led off with a single to left-center, then moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Soria, however, bounced back to strike out Brian Dozier and induce a game-ending 5-3 ground out from Torii Hunter to end the contest. Soria is 8-for-8 in save chances with a 1.86 ERA and a 6/1 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.
Apr 27 - 11:45 PM

Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth inning on Saturday, preserving a one-run advantage to earn his sixth save of the season.

Soria struck out one in his inning of work. He has been mighty impressive thus far for the Tigers, posting a 1.17 ERA, 0.26 WHIP and 5/0 K/BB mark through his first 7 2/3 innings of work. Locked into his role for the remainder of the season, Soria should remain among the elite ranks at closer so long as he remains healthy.
Apr 25 - 4:17 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Monday's game that he would worry about the closer situation when Joe Nathan (elbow) returns from the disabled list.

He has previously stated that Nathan would get his job back when he returned, but the skipper appears to be backpedaling a bit here. Perhaps he might finally be willing to face reality and admit that Joakim Soria, who is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA, is a better choice for the ninth inning. As for Nathan, he could throw a simulated game soon, which might be the last step before he's activated.
Apr 20 - 10:15 PM

Joakim Soria retired the Yankees in order in the ninth inning, recording his fifth save on Monday.

Soria got Brett Gardner to ground out, followed by fly outs from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The right-hander, filling in for Joe Nathan in the closer's role, is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA and a 4/0 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.
Apr 20 - 9:33 PM

Joakim Soria had a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his fourth save as the Tigers won against the Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday.

Soria got Corey Hart to ground out, Josh Harrison to fly out, and Gregory Polanco to strike out to end the ballgame. The Tigers haven't missed Joe Nathan much, as Soria is now 4-for-4 in save chances. If Soria continues to pitch well, he could make a case for continuing to close even after Nathan is healthy enough to return.
Apr 15 - 10:19 PM

Joakim Soria recorded his third save of the season after setting the Pirates down in order in the ninth inning on Tuesday.

Soria induced two ground outs from Andrew Lambo and Josh Harrison, then got Gregory Polanco to fly out to end the contest. Filling in for the injured Joe Nathan, Soria is 3-for-3 so far in save situations and is likely the better candidate for the role anyway. The Tigers should be just fine with Soria in the ninth inning.
Apr 14 - 10:18 PM

Joakim Soria earned his second save of the season Sunday in the Tigers' win over the Indians.

Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning, fanning one of the three batters he faced with nine of his 12 pitches going for strikes. The right-hander is technically being considered the Tigers' fill-in closer, but he's good enough to run away with the job while Joe Nathan is sidelined. Nathan is suffering from a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow and will probably be out for at least another month.
Apr 12 - 4:39 PM

Joakim Soria locked down his first save of the season on Friday, cleaning up a jam that he inherited from Joba Chamberlain.

The Tigers entered the ninth inning with a four-run advantage, but Chamberlain allowed a pair of runs putting the tying run on-deck with manager Brad Ausmus opted to go to Soria to clean things up. It sounds as though Joe Nathan will require an extended absence, so this job should belong to Soria for as long as he continues to pitch well.
Apr 10 - 8:14 PM

Joakim Soria will serve as the Tigers' closer while Joe Nathan (elbow) is sidelined.

Nathan was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a flexor strain in his right elbow. Soria seemed like a better fantasy option than Nathan in drafts this spring, and owners who used that strategy are now getting an early payday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Nathan will get the ninth-inning job back when he is healthy, but Soria could be good enough to make Ausmus reconsider.
Apr 8 - 4:52 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
2Tyler Collins
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Kyle Ryan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Joba Chamberlain
3Bruce Rondon
4Angel Nesbitt
5Blaine Hardy
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Alex Wilson
8Joe Nathan