Bullpens duos that dominate
One closer that doesn’t get talked about often as one of the best in the National League is Corey Knebel. The Brewers closer was an All-Star this year and has been excellent this season. He is 29-for-34 in saves and has 104 strikeouts in 61.2 innings.
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Knebel has blown five saves this season, but he hasn’t blown more than two saves in any particular month. In fact, the 25-year-old right-hander has not blown a save since July 19 and has a miniscule 0.44 ERA over his last 20 appearances.
When you look at the Brewers bullpen as a whole, their relievers have 479 strikeouts (tied for fourth in the NL) and the fifth lowest ERA (4.03). Before the deadline, they traded for Anthony Swarzak from the White Sox and he has a 2.92 ERA over his 14 appearances.
On the Washington Nationals side, Brandon Kintzler has struggled in two of the last three games, so his progress will be something to keep an eye on. But, as a whole, the Nats bullpen has shown massive improvements especially with Matt Albers pitching well in the seventh inning.
For both of these teams, the bullpens will be under the microscope down the stretch, so getting the lead early is going to be critical this weekend.
So, which players are you keeping an eye on this weekend at Miller Park? Let us know in the comments section below.