SP,RP - PHI
Corey Knebel pitched a perfect ninth inning on Wednesday against the Padres to earn his eighth save of the season.
Knebel needed just four pitches to retire the side in the ninth inning, bouncing back nicely from his blown save on Sunday. His 7.88 K/9 rate is noticeably down from his career mark of 12.35, but his expected stats suggest that Knebel is pitching to his numbers thus far. More importantly, Joe Girardi hasn't hesitated to go back to Knebel after a few hiccups, so he should continue to be the stopper in Philadelphia going forward.
Corey Knebel allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over 2/3 of an inning on Sunday against the Dodgers to blow his second save of the season.
Knebel came in with a one-run lead and recorded the first two outs before allowing a triple to Cody Bellinger, a walk to Chris Taylor, and a double to Gavin Lux. This is his second blown save in his last five opportunities, but if there's an upside, it's that the entire Phillies bullpen is struggling so there isn't an obvious replacement. Indeed, the likely next man up, Jeurys Familia, blew the save when he filled in for Knebel over the weekend and gave up a run himself on Sunday. Knebel still has a decent 3.60 ERA and 1.27 WHIP and should continue to serve as the Philadelphia closer. But his job security is starting to wane a bit.
Philadephia Phillies RP Corey Knebel pitched the ninth inning on Thursday, giving up two walks, and allowing one hit in the Phillies' 9-7 win over the Dodgers.
Knebel got himself out of a jam on Thursday as he loaded the bases before getting the next three batters to either fly out or foul out to win the game. The relief pitcher has been terrific for the Phillies as he ranks 10th in the league for saves and boasts an ERA of 2.51 with a WHIP of 1.12 making him a set and forget reliever.
Corey Knebel pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings on Wednesday against the Mariners with two strikeouts to earn his sixth save of the year.
Knebel has been mostly lights out this year, and he's struck out at least one batter in all but two of his appearances thus far. He has a strong grip on the Phillies' closer job, and with his above-average control and strikeout rate, he should have no trouble holding the role all year.
Corey Knebel pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts on Sunday against the Mets to earn his fifth save of the season.
Saving a one-run game against a team that just tagged you for a horrendous blown save is about the best thing that Knebel could have done, both for the Phillies and his fantasy managers. As expected, Joe Girardi did not hesitate to go back to Knebel in the next save opportunity, and his clean outing only further reinforces his job security. He now has a 3.00 ERA and 1.08 WHIP and should see nearly every save opportunity for Philadelphia going forward.