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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
Contract: view contract details

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Felipe Rivero pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Nationals to earn his 21st save of the season.
Rivero struck out one and needed just nine pitches to finish off the Nats. The 26-year-old has been everything the Bucs had hoped he would be when they acquired him from said Nationals last season, owning a 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings this year. Sep 30 - 10:48 PM

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Felipe Rivero notched his 20th save of the season by firing a scoreless frame against the Orioles on Wednesday.

He made things interesting by surrendering a one-out double to Anthony Santander but was able to strike out the next batter and then end the game with a fly ball to center field. The former National has been one of the best closers in baseball since he took over the ninth inning from Tony Watson early in the summer. He now owns a 1.70 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings.
Sep 27 - 10:18 PM

Felipe Rivero earned his 19th save of the season Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Rivero retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, two via strikeout. The hard-throwing 26-year-old left-hander owns an excellent 1.72 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 86/20 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings this season with Pittsburgh and he should rank as a top-tier fantasy closer (or close to it) leading into 2018.
Sep 24 - 4:45 PM

Felipe Rivero worked a scoreless ninth inning Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Brewers.

It was a non-save situation with Pittsburgh leading 7-0. Rivero, who hadn't pitched in six days, now boasts a 1.56 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 83/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings this season out of the Pirates' bullpen.
Sep 11 - 11:17 PM

Felipe Rivero posted a dominant 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch his 18th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

The Cubs had no chance against "Nightmare," as Jason Heyward and Jon Jay went down swinging and Albert Almora grounded out. Rivero threw 10 of 11 pitches for strikes to seal the one-run victory. He and Wade LeBlanc combined to threw four perfect innings in relief of Steven Brault, who was shaky over five frames.
Sep 5 - 9:57 PM

Felipe Rivero will be unavailable Monday.

Rivero has pitched each of the last two games and threw 31 pitches on Sunday, so the Pirates will back off him. Daniel Hudson is likely to fill in if a save chance presents itself.
Sep 4 - 1:30 PM

Felipe Rivero earned his 17th save of the year Sunday against the Reds.

Rivero gave up an unearned run on two walks and a hit in a messy 31-pitch top of the ninth inning, but he was ultimately able to finish the job. The hard-throwing left-hander boasts a 1.47 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 80/19 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings this season for Pittsburgh.
Sep 3 - 4:37 PM

Felipe Rivero tallied his 16th save of the year on Sunday afternoon against the Reds.

Rivero gave up a one-out single to Patrick Kivlehan and a two-out walk to Joey Votto, but he induced a game-ending groundout from Adam Duvall to protect the Bucs' three-run lead. The hard-throwing left-hander boasts a 1.25 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 77/17 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings this season.
Aug 27 - 4:58 PM

Felipe Rivero struck out the side in order to earn a save against the Reds on Saturday.

Called upon to protect a one-run lead against the heart of the Reds' batting order, Rivero made it look easy by punching out Jose Peraza, Joey Votto and Adam Duvall to slam the door. Rivero has leap-frogged his way near the top of the list of the best closers in the game with his dominant performance this year. He has 15 saves in 16 chances since taking over the ninth inning from Tony Watson. He has a magnificent 1.27 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 16 walks in 63 2/3 innings.
Aug 26 - 9:39 PM

Felipe Rivero shut down the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, picking up his 14th save of the season.

Tasked with protecting a three-run lead, Rivero made things interesting by allowing a walk and a single, but was able to escape without any damage. He owns a spectacular 1.31 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 73/16 K/BB ratio across 61 2/3 innings on the season.
Aug 20 - 10:09 PM

Felipe Rivero allowed one hit but no runs in the ninth inning to earn a save against the Blue Jays on Friday.

He surrendered a two-out single to Kevin Pillar but was able to strike out Rob Refsnyder to end the game. He now has 12 saves in 13 chances since grabbing the closer role away from Tony Watson. The 26-year-old left-hander has a 1.21 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 15 walks in 59 1/3 innings.
Aug 11 - 10:30 PM

Felipe Rivero slammed the door on the Tigers on Tuesday, retiring all three hitters he faced in order to protect a three-run advantage.

Rivero struck out one in his perfect inning, earning his 10th save in the process. He has been brilliant throughout this season, compiling a 1.25 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 68/15 K/BB ratio across 57 2/3 innings.
Aug 8 - 10:05 PM

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

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

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