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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 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

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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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
4Jacob Stallings
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Sean Rodriguez
3Max Moroff
4Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
4Jordan Luplow
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
6Steven Brault
7Tyler Glasnow
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Felipe Rivero
2Joaquin Benoit
3Daniel Hudson
4Wade LeBlanc
5A.J. Schugel
6George Kontos
7Dovydas Neverauskas
8Angel Sanchez
9Johnny Barbato
10Edgar Santana
11Jack Leathersich
12Dan Runzler