SOEFA Sunday: Reliever Rankings Update (August 4, 2013)

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You’ll recall earlier this year we introduced our very own reliever rankings called SOEFA, which you can read about in detail here. For a brief refresher, it combines inherited runner strand rate, expected OBP against, ERA-, and FIP- into a deviation from league average. This is a measure of performance, not necessarily ability, and seeks to provide a single number to judge relievers that balances context neutral and context dependent numbers. Certain pitchers, such as Craig Kimbrel, cannot be credited for stranding runners because they are never put into those situations. They are not penalized either, however. Zero is average, and will generally range between -2.5 to 2.5 with -1 to 1 being most common. This includes all pitchers who have thrown at least 20 IP in relief, so the average score on this list is 0.13. Should you wish to know the SOEFA for any other reliever, or on a day that isn’t Sunday, hit us on Twitter or in the comments section.

Rank Player Team SOEFA
1 Alex Torres Rays 1.06
2 Drew Smyly Tigers 1.00
3 Neal Cotts Rangers 0.99
4 Greg Holland Royals 0.87
5 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 0.86
6 Sergio Romo Giants 0.84
7 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 0.82
8 Javier Lopez Giants 0.80
9 Juan Perez Blue Jays 0.79
10 Mark Melancon Pirates 0.79
11 Jesse Crain White Sox 0.78
12 Casey Fien Twins 0.77
13 Carlos Torres Mets 0.76
14 Joe Thatcher – – – 0.73
15 Koji Uehara Red Sox 0.73
16 Jordan Walden Braves 0.72
17 Preston Claiborne Yankees 0.72
18 Jason Grilli Pirates 0.71
19 Nick Vincent Padres 0.71
20 Will Harris Diamondbacks 0.71
21 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 0.70
22 Craig Kimbrel Braves 0.70
23 Fernando Abad Nationals 0.69
24 Sean Doolittle Athletics 0.69
25 Jose Veras – – – 0.68
26 Edward Mujica Cardinals 0.67
27 Sam LeCure Reds 0.67
28 Shawn Kelley Yankees 0.66
29 David Robertson Yankees 0.64
30 Glen Perkins Twins 0.63
31 Brandon Kintzler Brewers 0.59
32 Manny Parra Reds 0.59
33 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 0.53
34 Andrew Bailey Red Sox 0.52
35 Brian Matusz Orioles 0.52
36 Joel Peralta Rays 0.51
37 Ryan Cook Athletics 0.50
38 Antonio Bastardo Phillies 0.49
39 Luke Hochevar Royals 0.49
40 Matt Belisle Rockies 0.49
41 Andrew Miller Red Sox 0.47
42 Jason Frasor Rangers 0.46
43 Josh Collmenter Diamondbacks 0.46
44 Juan Gutierrez – – – 0.46
45 Boone Logan Yankees 0.45
46 Tommy Hunter Orioles 0.45
47 Bobby Parnell Mets 0.44
48 Paco Rodriguez Dodgers 0.44
49 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 0.43
50 Chad Qualls Marlins 0.43
51 Darren O’Day Orioles 0.43
52 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 0.43
53 Jim Henderson Brewers 0.42
54 Matt Reynolds Diamondbacks 0.42
55 Robbie Ross Rangers 0.42
56 Seth Maness Cardinals 0.42
57 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 0.41
58 Chad Gaudin Giants 0.41
59 Dale Thayer Padres 0.41
60 Vin Mazzaro Pirates 0.40
61 Luis Avilan Braves 0.39
62 Randy Choate Cardinals 0.39
63 J.P. Howell Dodgers 0.38
64 Neil Wagner Blue Jays 0.38
65 Tyler Clippard Nationals 0.38
66 Aroldis Chapman Reds 0.37
67 Sandy Rosario Giants 0.37
68 Scott Downs – – – 0.37
69 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 0.36
70 Pat Neshek Athletics 0.36
71 David Carpenter Braves 0.35
72 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 0.34
73 Addison Reed White Sox 0.34
74 Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 0.34
75 Nate Jones White Sox 0.33
76 Santiago Casilla Giants 0.33
77 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 0.33
78 Alfredo Figaro Brewers 0.31
79 Oliver Perez Mariners 0.30
80 Cody Allen Indians 0.29
81 Josh Outman Rockies 0.29
82 Jared Burton Twins 0.28
83 Steve Delabar Blue Jays 0.28
84 Tony Watson Pirates 0.28
85 Alfredo Simon Reds 0.27
86 Kevin Gregg Cubs 0.27
87 Dan Jennings Marlins 0.25
88 Fernando Rodney Rays 0.25
89 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 0.25
90 Luke Gregerson Padres 0.25
91 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 0.25
92 Jerome Williams Angels 0.24
93 Steve Cishek Marlins 0.24
94 Michael Kohn Angels 0.23
95 Caleb Thielbar Twins 0.22
96 Jim Johnson Orioles 0.22
97 Rafael Soriano Nationals 0.22
98 Francisco Rodriguez – – – 0.21
99 Jamey Wright Rays 0.21
100 J.J. Hoover Reds 0.20
101 Tim Collins Royals 0.20
102 Craig Breslow Red Sox 0.19
103 Ernesto Frieri Angels 0.19
104 Jose Mijares Giants 0.19
105 Mariano Rivera Yankees 0.18
106 Anthony Swarzak Twins 0.16
107 Aaron Crow Royals 0.15
108 Matt Thornton – – – 0.15
109 Rex Brothers Rockies 0.15
110 Justin Wilson Pirates 0.14
111 Jean Machi Giants 0.13
112 Anthony Varvaro Braves 0.12
113 David Aardsma Mets 0.12
114 James Russell Cubs 0.11
115 Logan Ondrusek Reds 0.11
116 Manuel Corpas Rockies 0.11
117 Matt Guerrier – – – 0.09
118 Bryan Morris Pirates 0.08
119 Chris Perez Indians 0.08
120 Dane de la Rosa Angels 0.07
121 Danny Farquhar Mariners 0.07
122 Ryan Pressly Twins 0.07
123 Joe Kelly Cardinals 0.06
124 Joe Nathan Rangers 0.06
125 Kevin Jepsen Angels 0.06
126 Mike Dunn Marlins 0.06
127 Ross Wolf Rangers 0.06
128 LaTroy Hawkins Mets 0.05
129 Tyson Ross Padres 0.04
130 Burke Badenhop Brewers 0.03
131 Wilton Lopez Rockies 0.03
132 Adam Ottavino Rockies 0.02
133 Bryan Shaw Indians 0.02
134 Charlie Furbush Mariners 0.02
135 Jeanmar Gomez Pirates 0.02
136 Craig Stammen Nationals 0.01
137 Joe Smith Indians 0.01
138 A.J. Ramos Marlins 0.00
139 Cesar Ramos Rays 0.00
140 Josh Edgin Mets 0.00
141 Yoervis Medina Mariners 0.00
142 Ryan Webb Marlins -0.02
143 Scott Rice Mets -0.02
144 Jesse Chavez Athletics -0.03
145 Joe Ortiz Rangers -0.04
146 Brad Lincoln Blue Jays -0.05
147 Darren Oliver Blue Jays -0.05
148 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks -0.05
149 Edgmer Escalona Rockies -0.06
150 Matt Lindstrom White Sox -0.06
151 Carter Capps Mariners -0.07
152 Greg Burke Mets -0.09
153 Troy Patton Orioles -0.09
154 Brad Brach Padres -0.1
155 Tony Sipp Diamondbacks -0.1
156 Darin Downs Tigers -0.11
157 Jake McGee Rays -0.11
158 Tim Stauffer Padres -0.11
159 Blake Parker Cubs -0.12
160 Rich Hill Indians -0.12
161 Ross Ohlendorf Nationals -0.14
162 Wesley Wright Astros -0.15
163 Luke Putkonen Tigers -0.17
164 Brian Duensing Twins -0.18
165 Josh Roenicke Twins -0.18
166 Michael Bowden Cubs -0.18
167 Cory Gearrin Braves -0.19
168 Phil Coke Tigers -0.19
169 Jerry Blevins Athletics -0.21
170 Joba Chamberlain Yankees -0.21
171 Nick Hagadone Indians -0.21
172 Ronald Belisario Dodgers -0.23
173 John Axford Brewers -0.24
174 Scott Atchison Mets -0.25
175 Jonathan Broxton Reds -0.26
176 Michael Gonzalez Brewers -0.27
177 Vinnie Pestano Indians -0.27
178 Blake Beavan Mariners -0.28
179 Kelvin Herrera Royals -0.28
180 Jose Cisnero Astros -0.29
181 David Hernandez Diamondbacks -0.30
182 Grant Balfour Athletics -0.30
183 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners -0.30
184 Garrett Richards Angels -0.31
185 Fernando Salas Cardinals -0.33
186 Huston Street Padres -0.33
187 T.J. McFarland Orioles -0.35
188 Drew Storen Nationals -0.36
189 George Kontos Giants -0.36
190 Kyle Farnsworth Rays -0.36
191 Paul Clemens Astros -0.37
192 Justin De Fratus Phillies -0.38
193 Mike Adams Phillies -0.40
194 Clayton Mortensen Red Sox -0.41
195 Dallas Keuchel Astros -0.41
196 Raul Valdes Phillies -0.41
197 Travis Blackley Astros -0.43
198 Alex Wilson Red Sox -0.44
199 Pedro Strop – – – -0.44
200 Al Alburquerque Tigers -0.45
201 Matt Albers Indians -0.46
202 Brandon Lyon Mets -0.48
203 Esmil Rogers Blue Jays -0.50
204 Bruce Chen Royals -0.54
205 Jeremy Horst Phillies -0.59
206 Hector Ambriz Astros -0.63
207 Jeremy Affeldt Giants -0.64
208 Henry Rodriguez – – – -0.70
209 Adam Warren Yankees -0.72
210 Michael Kirkman Rangers -0.73
211 Brandon League Dodgers -0.76
212 Carlos Marmol – – – -0.86
213 Anthony Bass Padres -0.91
214 Hector Rondon Cubs -1.02
215 Shawn Camp Cubs -1.03
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