SOEFA Sunday: Reliever Rankings Update (August 18, 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 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 0.94
2 Neal Cotts Rangers 0.93
3 Greg Holland Royals 0.92
4 Drew Smyly Tigers 0.92
5 Chris Withrow Dodgers 0.90
6 Carlos Torres Mets 0.87
7 Nick Vincent Padres 0.86
8 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 0.81
9 Mark Melancon Pirates 0.80
10 Jesse Crain White Sox 0.78
11 Koji Uehara Red Sox 0.77
12 Alex Torres Rays 0.74
13 Craig Kimbrel Braves 0.72
14 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 0.72
15 Jason Grilli Pirates 0.71
16 Jim Henderson Brewers 0.70
17 Edward Mujica Cardinals 0.68
18 Javier Lopez Giants 0.68
19 Shawn Kelley Yankees 0.67
20 Sergio Romo Giants 0.66
21 Sam LeCure Reds 0.65
22 Sean Doolittle Athletics 0.63
23 Jordan Walden Braves 0.63
24 Manny Parra Reds 0.62
25 Brandon Kintzler Brewers 0.62
26 Jose Veras – – – 0.59
27 Matt Belisle Rockies 0.58
28 Paco Rodriguez Dodgers 0.57
29 Glen Perkins Twins 0.57
30 Casey Fien Twins 0.55
31 Randy Choate Cardinals 0.54
32 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 0.54
33 Andrew Bailey Red Sox 0.52
34 Preston Claiborne Yankees 0.52
35 Luke Hochevar Royals 0.51
36 Joe Thatcher – – – 0.51
37 Dan Otero Athletics 0.51
38 Brian Matusz Orioles 0.51
39 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 0.50
40 Caleb Thielbar Twins 0.50
41 Juan Perez Blue Jays 0.50
42 Antonio Bastardo Phillies 0.49
43 Seth Maness Cardinals 0.49
44 J.P. Howell Dodgers 0.47
45 Andrew Miller Red Sox 0.47
46 David Carpenter Braves 0.46
47 Ryan Cook Athletics 0.46
48 David Robertson Yankees 0.45
49 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 0.45
50 Tommy Hunter Orioles 0.45
51 Scott Downs – – – 0.45
52 Bobby Parnell Mets 0.44
53 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 0.44
54 Joel Peralta Rays 0.44
55 Josh Collmenter Diamondbacks 0.43
56 Neil Wagner Blue Jays 0.43
57 Robbie Ross Rangers 0.42
58 Matt Reynolds Diamondbacks 0.42
59 Darren O’Day Orioles 0.42
60 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 0.40
61 Luis Avilan Braves 0.40
62 Chad Gaudin Giants 0.40
63 Aroldis Chapman Reds 0.39
64 Will Harris Diamondbacks 0.39
65 Addison Reed White Sox 0.39
66 Dale Thayer Padres 0.39
67 Jason Frasor Rangers 0.39
68 Jared Burton Twins 0.37
69 Vin Mazzaro Pirates 0.37
70 Josh Outman Rockies 0.36
71 J.J. Hoover Reds 0.35
72 Boone Logan Yankees 0.34
73 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 0.34
74 Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 0.34
75 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 0.32
76 Chad Qualls Marlins 0.32
77 Francisco Rodriguez – – – 0.31
78 Craig Breslow Red Sox 0.31
79 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 0.31
80 Tyler Clippard Nationals 0.30
81 Alfredo Figaro Brewers 0.30
82 Steve Cishek Marlins 0.30
83 Cody Allen Indians 0.30
84 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 0.29
85 Steve Delabar Blue Jays 0.28
86 Alfredo Simon Reds 0.28
87 Kevin Gregg Cubs 0.27
88 Tony Watson Pirates 0.27
89 James Russell Cubs 0.25
90 Jerome Williams Angels 0.24
91 Nate Jones White Sox 0.22
92 Tim Collins Royals 0.22
93 Anthony Varvaro Braves 0.21
94 Jamey Wright Rays 0.20
95 Joe Smith Indians 0.17
96 Santiago Casilla Giants 0.17
97 Ernesto Frieri Angels 0.16
98 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 0.16
99 Fernando Abad Nationals 0.16
100 J.C. Gutierrez – – – 0.16
101 Jake Diekman Phillies 0.15
102 Matt Thornton – – – 0.15
103 Danny Farquhar Mariners 0.14
104 Jim Johnson Orioles 0.14
105 Jean Machi Giants 0.13
106 Craig Stammen Nationals 0.12
107 Charlie Furbush Mariners 0.12
108 Justin Wilson Pirates 0.12
109 Ross Wolf Rangers 0.11
110 Rex Brothers Rockies 0.11
111 Jeanmar Gomez Pirates 0.11
112 Luke Gregerson Padres 0.10
113 Mike Dunn Marlins 0.10
114 Sandy Rosario Giants 0.10
115 Pat Neshek Athletics 0.09
116 Anthony Swarzak Twins 0.09
117 Wilton Lopez Rockies 0.09
118 Yoervis Medina Mariners 0.08
119 Brad Lincoln Blue Jays 0.08
120 Jesse Chavez Athletics 0.08
121 Bruce Rondon Tigers 0.07
122 Aaron Crow Royals 0.07
123 Kevin Jepsen Angels 0.07
124 Bryan Shaw Indians 0.06
125 LaTroy Hawkins Mets 0.06
126 Fernando Rodney Rays 0.06
127 Luis Ayala – – – 0.06
128 Joe Kelly Cardinals 0.06
129 Dan Jennings Marlins 0.05
130 Scott Rice Mets 0.05
131 Oliver Perez Mariners 0.05
132 Cesar Ramos Rays 0.05
133 Burke Badenhop Brewers 0.04
134 Tyson Ross Padres 0.04
135 Darren Oliver Blue Jays 0.04
136 Rafael Soriano Nationals 0.04
137 Joe Nathan Rangers 0.04
138 Jared Hughes Pirates 0.03
139 Edgmer Escalona Rockies 0.03
140 Brian Duensing Twins 0.02
141 Ryan Webb Marlins 0.02
142 Jose Mijares Giants 0.01
143 Troy Patton Orioles 0.01
144 Matt Guerrier – – – 0.00
145 Carter Capps Mariners 0.00
146 Dane de la Rosa Angels 0.00
147 Josh Edgin Mets -0.01
148 Kelvin Herrera Royals -0.01
149 Ryan Pressly Twins -0.02
150 Jerry Blevins Athletics -0.02
151 Adam Ottavino Rockies -0.02
152 Chris Perez Indians -0.03
153 Blake Parker Cubs -0.04
154 Michael Kohn Angels -0.04
155 Joe Ortiz Rangers -0.04
156 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks -0.05
157 Mariano Rivera Yankees -0.05
158 Josh Roenicke Twins -0.05
159 Matt Lindstrom White Sox -0.05
160 Ronald Belisario Dodgers -0.06
161 David Aardsma Mets -0.07
162 Phil Coke Tigers -0.08
163 Bryan Morris Pirates -0.09
164 Greg Burke Mets -0.09
165 Brad Brach Padres -0.10
166 Tony Sipp Diamondbacks -0.10
167 Darin Downs Tigers -0.12
168 Logan Ondrusek Reds -0.12
169 Jake McGee Rays -0.13
170 Rich Hill Indians -0.14
171 Ross Ohlendorf Nationals -0.14
172 Wesley Wright – – – -0.16
173 Luke Putkonen Tigers -0.17
174 Huston Street Padres -0.18
175 Tim Stauffer Padres -0.18
176 Ramon Troncoso White Sox -0.19
177 Cory Gearrin Braves -0.19
178 Nick Hagadone Indians -0.21
179 A.J. Ramos Marlins -0.23
180 Raul Valdes Phillies -0.23
181 Manuel Corpas Rockies -0.25
182 Jonathan Broxton Reds -0.25
183 Drew Storen Nationals -0.26
184 Matt Albers Indians -0.27
185 Vinnie Pestano Indians -0.27
186 Blake Beavan Mariners -0.28
187 Joba Chamberlain Yankees -0.29
188 Al Alburquerque Tigers -0.29
189 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners -0.30
190 Garrett Richards Angels -0.30
191 Justin De Fratus Phillies -0.31
192 Scott Atchison Mets -0.31
193 John Axford Brewers -0.32
194 Fernando Salas Cardinals -0.33
195 Pedro Strop – – – -0.34
196 Grant Balfour Athletics -0.34
197 David Hernandez Diamondbacks -0.35
198 Paul Clemens Astros -0.36
199 George Kontos Giants -0.36
200 Michael Gonzalez Brewers -0.37
201 Michael Bowden Cubs -0.37
202 Kyle Farnsworth Rays -0.39
203 Mike Adams Phillies -0.40
204 T.J. McFarland Orioles -0.41
205 Clayton Mortensen Red Sox -0.41
206 Travis Blackley Astros -0.44
207 Ian Krol Nationals -0.44
208 Alex Wilson Red Sox -0.45
209 Josh Fields Astros -0.46
210 Dallas Keuchel Astros -0.48
211 Brandon Lyon Mets -0.49
212 Esmil Rogers Blue Jays -0.50
213 Ryan Mattheus Nationals -0.51
214 Bruce Chen Royals -0.54
215 Adam Warren Yankees -0.55
216 Jose Cisnero Astros -0.57
217 Jeremy Horst Phillies -0.60
218 Hector Ambriz Astros -0.62
219 Jeremy Affeldt Giants -0.65
220 Carlos Marmol – – – -0.66
221 Lucas Luetge Mariners -0.71
222 Henry Rodriguez – – – -0.71
223 Michael Kirkman Rangers -0.73
224 Hector Rondon Cubs -0.78
225 Brandon League Dodgers -0.84
226 Anthony Bass Padres -0.91
227 Shawn Camp Cubs -1.05
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