SOEFA Sunday: Reliever Rankings Update (August 11, 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 as of this morning, so the average score on this list is closer to 0.11. 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 Carlos Torres Mets 1.14
2 Neal Cotts Rangers 0.99
3 Drew Smyly Tigers 0.97
4 Alex Torres Rays 0.95
5 Greg Holland Royals 0.91
6 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 0.90
7 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 0.82
8 Mark Melancon Pirates 0.81
9 Nick Vincent Padres 0.79
10 Casey Fien Twins 0.78
11 Jesse Crain White Sox 0.78
12 Koji Uehara Red Sox 0.76
13 Jordan Walden Braves 0.72
14 Craig Kimbrel Braves 0.71
15 Jose Veras – – – 0.71
16 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 0.71
17 Jason Grilli Pirates 0.71
18 Edward Mujica Cardinals 0.68
19 Joe Thatcher – – – 0.67
20 Sean Doolittle Athletics 0.67
21 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 0.66
22 David Robertson Yankees 0.65
23 Javier Lopez Giants 0.64
24 Will Harris Diamondbacks 0.64
25 Sergio Romo Giants 0.63
26 Shawn Kelley Yankees 0.62
27 Glen Perkins Twins 0.59
28 Sam LeCure Reds 0.58
29 Jim Henderson Brewers 0.56
30 Brandon Kintzler Brewers 0.56
31 Manny Parra Reds 0.54
32 Brian Matusz Orioles 0.54
33 Dan Otero Athletics 0.52
34 Andrew Bailey Red Sox 0.52
35 Matt Belisle Rockies 0.52
36 Luke Hochevar Royals 0.51
37 Darren O’Day Orioles 0.51
38 Juan Perez Blue Jays 0.51
39 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 0.50
40 Boone Logan Yankees 0.50
41 Paco Rodriguez Dodgers 0.49
42 Preston Claiborne Yankees 0.49
43 Antonio Bastardo Phillies 0.49
44 Seth Maness Cardinals 0.49
45 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 0.48
46 Tommy Hunter Orioles 0.48
47 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 0.47
48 David Carpenter Braves 0.47
49 Andrew Miller Red Sox 0.47
50 Ryan Cook Athletics 0.45
51 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 0.44
52 Bobby Parnell Mets 0.44
53 Joel Peralta Rays 0.44
54 J.P. Howell Dodgers 0.44
55 Matt Reynolds Diamondbacks 0.42
56 Scott Downs – – – 0.41
57 Chad Gaudin Giants 0.41
58 Robbie Ross Rangers 0.41
59 Randy Choate Cardinals 0.40
60 Caleb Thielbar Twins 0.39
61 Luis Avilan Braves 0.38
62 Jason Frasor Rangers 0.38
63 Aroldis Chapman Reds 0.36
64 Vin Mazzaro Pirates 0.36
65 Addison Reed White Sox 0.36
66 Dale Thayer Padres 0.35
67 Josh Collmenter Diamondbacks 0.35
68 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 0.34
69 Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 0.34
70 Sandy Rosario Giants 0.34
71 Josh Outman Rockies 0.32
72 Oliver Perez Mariners 0.32
73 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 0.32
74 Fernando Abad Nationals 0.32
75 Jared Burton Twins 0.31
76 Nate Jones White Sox 0.31
77 Chad Qualls Marlins 0.31
78 Dan Jennings Marlins 0.30
79 Alfredo Figaro Brewers 0.30
80 Francisco Rodriguez – – – 0.30
81 J.C. Gutierrez – – – 0.30
82 Tyler Clippard Nationals 0.29
83 Alfredo Simon Reds 0.29
84 Steve Delabar Blue Jays 0.28
85 Steve Cishek Marlins 0.27
86 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 0.27
87 Tony Watson Pirates 0.26
88 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 0.25
89 Santiago Casilla Giants 0.25
90 Jerome Williams Angels 0.25
91 J.J. Hoover Reds 0.24
92 Rafael Soriano Nationals 0.24
93 Kevin Gregg Cubs 0.24
94 Neil Wagner Blue Jays 0.24
95 Craig Breslow Red Sox 0.23
96 Cody Allen Indians 0.22
97 Jim Johnson Orioles 0.21
98 Jose Mijares Giants 0.20
99 Tim Collins Royals 0.20
100 Luke Gregerson Padres 0.19
101 James Russell Cubs 0.19
102 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 0.18
103 Pat Neshek Athletics 0.16
104 Aaron Crow Royals 0.15
105 Matt Thornton – – – 0.15
106 Jamey Wright Rays 0.15
107 Michael Kohn Angels 0.15
108 Danny Farquhar Mariners 0.15
109 David Aardsma Mets 0.14
110 Jean Machi Giants 0.14
111 Rex Brothers Rockies 0.13
112 Kevin Jepsen Angels 0.12
113 Jeanmar Gomez Pirates 0.12
114 Anthony Varvaro Braves 0.12
115 Mike Dunn Marlins 0.12
116 Bryan Morris Pirates 0.11
117 LaTroy Hawkins Mets 0.11
118 Darren Oliver Blue Jays 0.10
119 Justin Wilson Pirates 0.10
120 Ross Wolf Rangers 0.10
121 Charlie Furbush Mariners 0.10
122 Yoervis Medina Mariners 0.08
123 Anthony Swarzak Twins 0.08
124 Joe Smith Indians 0.08
125 Mariano Rivera Yankees 0.07
126 Ernesto Frieri Angels 0.06
127 Adam Ottavino Rockies 0.06
128 Joe Kelly Cardinals 0.06
129 Wilton Lopez Rockies 0.05
130 Craig Stammen Nationals 0.04
131 Tyson Ross Padres 0.04
132 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks 0.04
133 Burke Badenhop Brewers 0.04
134 Bryan Shaw Indians 0.04
135 A.J. Ramos Marlins 0.04
136 Jesse Chavez Athletics 0.04
137 Carter Capps Mariners 0.02
138 Fernando Rodney Rays 0.02
139 Joe Nathan Rangers 0.01
140 Dane de la Rosa Angels 0.01
141 Matt Guerrier – – – 0.00
142 Scott Rice Mets 0.00
143 Cesar Ramos Rays 0.00
144 Ryan Webb Marlins 0.00
145 Josh Edgin Mets -0.01
146 Jared Hughes Pirates -0.02
147 Ryan Pressly Twins -0.03
148 Joe Ortiz Rangers -0.04
149 Brian Duensing Twins -0.06
150 Troy Patton Orioles -0.06
151 Edgmer Escalona Rockies -0.06
152 Blake Parker Cubs -0.06
153 Matt Lindstrom White Sox -0.06
154 Chris Perez Indians -0.07
155 Jerry Blevins Athletics -0.07
156 Rich Hill Indians -0.08
157 Greg Burke Mets -0.09
158 Jake Diekman Phillies -0.09
159 Brad Lincoln Blue Jays -0.09
160 Brad Brach Padres -0.10
161 Tony Sipp Diamondbacks -0.10
162 Darin Downs Tigers -0.11
163 Josh Roenicke Twins -0.12
164 Logan Ondrusek Reds -0.13
165 Ross Ohlendorf Nationals -0.14
166 Phil Coke Tigers -0.15
167 Luke Putkonen Tigers -0.17
168 Tim Stauffer Padres -0.18
169 Jake McGee Rays -0.18
170 Wesley Wright Astros -0.19
171 Cory Gearrin Braves -0.19
172 Ronald Belisario Dodgers -0.20
173 Nick Hagadone Indians -0.21
174 Jonathan Broxton Reds -0.21
175 Ian Krol Nationals -0.21
176 Ramon Troncoso White Sox -0.21
177 Huston Street Padres -0.22
178 Manuel Corpas Rockies -0.24
179 Ryan Mattheus Nationals -0.25
180 Kelvin Herrera Royals -0.25
181 Vinnie Pestano Indians -0.26
182 Blake Beavan Mariners -0.27
183 Grant Balfour Athletics -0.27
184 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners -0.29
185 Michael Gonzalez Brewers -0.29
186 John Axford Brewers -0.30
187 Raul Valdes Phillies -0.30
188 Garrett Richards Angels -0.30
189 Fernando Salas Cardinals -0.33
190 Scott Atchison Mets -0.34
191 T.J. McFarland Orioles -0.35
192 David Hernandez Diamondbacks -0.35
193 Pedro Strop – – – -0.36
194 Drew Storen Nationals -0.36
195 Paul Clemens Astros -0.36
196 George Kontos Giants -0.36
197 Michael Bowden Cubs -0.37
198 Kyle Farnsworth Rays -0.38
199 Matt Albers Indians -0.38
200 Joba Chamberlain Yankees -0.38
201 Al Alburquerque Tigers -0.39
202 Mike Adams Phillies -0.40
203 Clayton Mortensen Red Sox -0.41
204 Justin De Fratus Phillies -0.43
205 Travis Blackley Astros -0.44
206 Alex Wilson Red Sox -0.45
207 Dallas Keuchel Astros -0.48
208 Brandon Lyon Mets -0.49
209 Esmil Rogers Blue Jays -0.49
210 Bruce Chen Royals -0.54
211 Jose Cisnero Astros -0.57
212 Jeremy Horst Phillies -0.60
213 Hector Ambriz Astros -0.62
214 Jeremy Affeldt Giants -0.65
215 Josh Fields Astros -0.66
216 Lucas Luetge Mariners -0.66
217 Adam Warren Yankees -0.68
218 Henry Rodriguez – – – -0.71
219 Michael Kirkman Rangers -0.73
220 Carlos Marmol – – – -0.81
221 Hector Rondon Cubs -0.82
222 Brandon League Dodgers -0.88
223 Anthony Bass Padres -0.91
224 Shawn Camp Cubs -1.04
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