Arizona Diamondbacks late inning reliever Brad Ziegler is one of if not the most underrated reliever in Major League Baseball, and the baseball world is finally taking notice of how consistent he has been throughout his whole career, especially with the Dbacks.
On Friday night against the divisional rival Padres Ziegler joined some elite company with his 500th appearance.
Despite not being the primary closer for the Snakes, he took over for Addison Reed who lost his job in mid May, and has converted 8 save opportunities in a row, and is ten for twelve overall with a 1.50 ERA.
The 35 year old sidearmer now ranks 8th all time in ERA among closers with at least five hundred appearances joining some dominant names in baseball’ history including Mariano Rivera (2.21), Billy Wagner (2.31), Jonathan Papelbon (2.32), Walter Johnson (2.16), and Christy Mathewson (2.13).
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Whats remarkable about this achievement is that Ziegler has thrown the majority of his innings in the late innings not as the closer.
With Addison Reed finally being sent down to Triple-A Reno today, Ziegler will get a chance to be the primary closer.
I’m not surprised at all that Ziegler has achieved this remarkable feat. He is one of the most consistent relievers in baseball, and he gets the ball on the ground more than most relievers.
It certainly helps to have a great infield defense behind you, something Ziegler has had throughout his career.
I always love when Ziegler comes into a close game with the Dbacks ahead, because I know that if he is on he will get the ground ball or the double play that his team needs.
Ziegler is one of my favorite players on the Diamondbacks, and I look for him to continue his success as the closer.