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Felipe Rivero | Relief Pitcher | #73

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 209
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / TB
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Felipe Rivero allowed a pair of hits but closed out the Brewers on Tuesday to earn his eighth save.
Rivero yielded a pair of one-out singles to put the tying run in scoring position, but he buckled down to strike out dangerous hitters Domingo Santana and Eric Thames to end the threat. The southpaw got all three outs by way of the strikeout, in fact. He's good at that, amassing 60 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings this year while posting a microscopic, matching 0.71 ERA and WHIP. He still has yet to blow a save since taking over the closer role earlier this season. Jul 19 - 12:26 AM

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Felipe Rivero earned a four-out save Monday in the Pirates' victory over the Brewers.

Rivero pitched the Bucs out of a jam in the top of the eighth before registering a 1-2-3 ninth. He struck out Travis Shaw looking to end it. The hard-throwing lefty boasts a 0.72 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 57/12 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings this season for Pittsburgh.
Jul 17 - 10:44 PM

Felipe Rivero earned his fourth victory of the season on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals.

Rivero was called upon to work the ninth inning in a 2-2 game and retired all three hitters that he faced, including a strikeout. The southpaw has been unbelievable this season, compiling a 0.74 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 56/12 K/BB ratio across 48 1/3 innings.
Jul 14 - 10:32 PM

Felipe Rivero pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday against the Cubs to earn his sixth save.

With a runner on third and two outs in the eighth inning, Rivero was summoned to protect the Pirates' two-run lead. He proceeded to walk the dangerous Kris Bryant, bringing the winning run to the plate in the form of the equally dangerous Anthony Rizzo, but he got Rizzo to ground out to end the threat. He had even less trouble with the ninth, retiring Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras to end it. Rivero, whom the Bucs acquired from the Nationals in last year's Mark Melancon trade, has been as advertised for the club this year, posting a microscopic 0.76 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and strong 55/12 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings of work.
Jul 8 - 10:26 PM

Felipe Rivero allowed a hit in the ninth inning while striking out the side to earn a save against the Phillies on Wednesday.

He gave up a single to catcher Andrew Knapp, then wild-pitched him to second base but it didn't matter because he struck everyone else out. It was his fifth save since taking over the closer role from Tony Watson. Rivero has been phenomenal all year, posting a 0.78 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 46 innings.
Jul 5 - 10:42 PM

Felipe Rivero notched his fourth save of the season with a scoreless frame Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Rivero issued a one-out walk to Andrew Knapp and a single to Andres Blanco, but he was able to wiggle out of trouble with back-to-back strikeouts to finish things off. The hard-throwing left-hander is 4-for-4 in save opportunities since taking over as the Pirates' closer and now has a 0.80 ERA on the season.
Jul 4 - 7:54 PM

Felipe Rivero notched the win Friday against the Cardinals after tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Rivero was brought on in a tie game in the bottom of the eighth after Juan Nicasio walked Jedd Gyorko and gave up a single to Jose Martinez. The southpaw retired back-to-back batters to snuff out the threat before working around a walk in the ninth to finish off the victory. He’s the pitcher to own in this bullpen in fantasy leagues.
Jun 24 - 12:28 AM

Felipe Rivero worked around a walk in 1 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday against the Cubs for his third save of the season.

Rivero threw 11 of his 17 pitches for strikes while lowering his ERA to a microscopic 0.72. He and Juan Nicasio will split the closer duties going forward, at least for the time being. So far, so good for the left-handed Rivero.
Jun 18 - 3:56 AM

Felipe Rivero struck out three hitters to earn a four-out save against the Marlins on Saturday.

It was his first save of the season. Former closer Tony Watson was relieved of his duties on Friday, with Rivero and Juan Nicasio sharing the role moving forward. Rivero is the better of the two and got the nod today. He was called upon to put out a rally with two outs in the eighth inning and two runners on base. He struck out Dee Gordon to end the threat. He stayed in for the ninth and retired the side in order with two punchouts. Rivero does not fit the typical closer profile since he is left-handed and only 25 years old, but his stats are excellent. He has a 0.56 ERA with 37 strikeouts and six walks in 32 1/3 innings.
Jun 10 - 9:19 PM

Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio will share the Pirates' closer job for the time being.

Tony Watson will be used in lower leverage situations for now. Rivero has been one of the best relievers in baseball this season, posting a 0.58 ERA and 34/6 K/BB ratio over 31 innings. Nicasio has the advantage of being a righty and the Pirates also don't have to worry about his arbitration cost, but it's certainly possible that Rivero could still run away with the job.
Jun 9 - 3:53 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed late Tuesday that there have been internal discussions about making Felipe Rivero the team's closer.

"I think we’ve talked at length since Felipe got here, there’s one day he’ll close," Hurdle told reporters. That comment came after Tony Watson blew his fourth save of the season (and third save in two weeks) on Tuesday night against the Orioles. Rivero is clearly the better pitcher, but the Pirates will be trying to get something out of Watson at the trade deadline and probably aren't ready to demote him quite yet. That said, Rivero should be stashed in most standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 6 - 11:43 PM

Felipe Rivero (neck) threw a scoreless eighth inning in his return to action Wednesday.

Rivero worked a 1-2-3 frame on just eight pitches as the Pirates went on to beat the Nationals 6-1. Rivero had been unavailable for the last four days due to a minor neck issue. The 25-year-old left-hander has some of the best stuff in the majors and could work his way into the mix for saves in Pittsburgh at some point this season.
May 18 - 8:50 AM

Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle said Felipe Rivero was unavailable on Sunday due to a neck issue.

It doesn't sound like a major issue, but is something to monitor going forward. The 25-year-old southpaw has been outstanding this season, compiling a 0.87 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 22/4 K/BB ratio across 20 2/3 innings.
May 14 - 9:04 PM

Felipe Rivero walked a batter but turned in a scoreless inning in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

Rivero struck out Kyle Schwarber before issuing a walk to Kris Bryant. He then got a groundout and flyout to hold the Cubs at bay. Tony Watson has done a fine job as the Pirates' closer and Daniel Hudson might be next in line for saves, but Rivero has been the Pirates' best reliever. He's allowed one earned run with an 11/2 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings.
Apr 25 - 10:04 PM

Felipe Rivero struck out three in two perfect innings of relief Friday against the Orioles.

Rivero is a long shot for saves, but he could be one of the NL's best left-handed relievers this year. He had a 3.29 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh last year after coming over from the Nationals in the Mark Melancon trade. He's allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings this spring.
Mar 17 - 4:56 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Starling Marte
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Felipe Rivero
2Juan Nicasio
3Tony Watson
4Daniel Hudson
5Wade LeBlanc
6Jhan Marinez
7A.J. Schugel
8Steven Brault