Going into Monday night’s game against the Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks‘ closer Addison Reed had an ERA of 4.34. Reed has struggled throughout the year, but his ERA didn’t seem to be a big deal, as he had 11 saves to just one blown save. Last night however, his struggles directly led to a loss. Giving up a pair of solo home runs, Reed blew a one-run lead in the top of the ninth.
Yesterday’s game marks the third in a row in which the Diamondbacks closer has given up at least one run, even though he held on for the save in the first two. Reed, who started off the season fairly well posting an ERA of 3.00 in April, has just a 7.94 ERA in the month of May. Reed also has an awful WHIP of 1.59 this month as opposed to 1.08 in April. With Brad Ziegler pitching extremely well, there is a chance Reed could lose the closer’s job.
Ziegler has posted an ERA of 0.86 on the season, and hasn’t allowed a run in his last 19 appearances. In fact, Ziegler has pitched in 23 games on the season, and has given up a run in just one of those games. The Diamondbacks reliever is first in the MLB in appearances, and is also third in ERA among pitchers with at least 20 innings on the season.
If Addison Reed wants to keep his job as closer, as well as show that trading for him was a good idea, he really needs to step it up.