There’s been a lot of things going right for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season thanks to their offense that’s only kept them shut out in two games this season and a solid starting rotation. One thing that’s kept them from running away from a competitive National League West is their closing position.
After the failures of rotating J.J. Putz and Heath Bell, Rotoworld reports the Diamondbacks will go with Brad Ziegler as the permanent closer for now.
It seemed evident that Ziegler was the favorite for saves in Arizona after he nailed down his third save in as many appearances on Monday. The side-armer boasts a 2.58 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 51 appearances this season, though he’s struck out just 24 over 45 1/3 frames. Ziegler has been vulnerable to left-handed bats in his career but has managed to hold them in check this season.
Putz was the closer throughout April, nabbing five saves, but hasn’t been able to record one since April 28th and never fully recovered from his elbow injury. Bell had a fantastic month in June until ending it with a 6.30 earned run average.