SOEFA Sunday: Reliever Rankings Update (August 25, 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 0.12 and the inherited runner threshold has been increased from 5 to 8. 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 Name Team SOEFA
1 Neal Cotts Rangers 0.99
2 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 0.95
3 Greg Holland Royals 0.93
4 Drew Smyly Tigers 0.88
5 Koji Uehara Red Sox 0.85
6 Chris Withrow Dodgers 0.84
7 Mark Melancon Pirates 0.80
8 Jesse Crain White Sox 0.78
9 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 0.78
10 Nick Vincent Padres 0.78
11 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 0.77
12 Craig Kimbrel Braves 0.76
13 Javier Lopez Giants 0.72
14 Jason Grilli Pirates 0.71
15 Jim Henderson Brewers 0.71
16 Alex Torres Rays 0.70
17 Jordan Walden Braves 0.70
18 Edward Mujica Cardinals 0.69
19 Sergio Romo Giants 0.68
20 Sam LeCure Reds 0.63
21 Paco Rodriguez Dodgers 0.62
22 Louis Coleman Royals 0.61
23 Shawn Kelley Yankees 0.59
24 Manny Parra Reds 0.58
25 Casey Fien Twins 0.57
26 Gonzalez Germen Mets 0.57
27 Glen Perkins Twins 0.56
28 Brandon Kintzler Brewers 0.55
29 Sean Doolittle Athletics 0.55
30 Luke Hochevar Royals 0.54
31 Preston Claiborne Yankees 0.54
32 Brian Matusz Orioles 0.51
33 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 0.51
34 Dan Otero Athletics 0.50
35 David Robertson Yankees 0.50
36 Juan Perez Blue Jays 0.50
37 Tommy Hunter Orioles 0.50
38 Will Harris Diamondbacks 0.50
39 Antonio Bastardo Phillies 0.49
40 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 0.48
41 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 0.48
42 Matt Belisle Rockies 0.48
43 Andrew Miller Red Sox 0.47
44 Grant Balfour Athletics 0.47
45 Jason Frasor Rangers 0.47
46 Josh Collmenter Diamondbacks 0.47
47 Randy Choate Cardinals 0.47
48 Seth Maness Cardinals 0.47
49 Carlos Torres Mets 0.45
50 Bobby Parnell Mets 0.44
51 J.P. Howell Dodgers 0.44
52 Caleb Thielbar Twins 0.43
53 Joel Peralta Rays 0.43
54 Joe Thatcher – – – 0.42
55 Matt Reynolds Diamondbacks 0.42
56 Addison Reed White Sox 0.41
57 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 0.41
58 Darren O’Day Orioles 0.41
59 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 0.41
60 Aroldis Chapman Reds 0.40
61 Luis Avilan Braves 0.40
62 Robbie Ross Rangers 0.39
63 Tony Watson Pirates 0.39
64 Boone Logan Yankees 0.38
65 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 0.38
66 Jared Burton Twins 0.38
67 Ross Ohlendorf Nationals 0.38
68 Chad Qualls Marlins 0.36
69 Vin Mazzaro Pirates 0.36
70 Francisco Rodriguez – – – 0.35
71 Jake Diekman Phillies 0.35
72 Tyler Clippard Nationals 0.35
73 Donovan Hand Brewers 0.34
74 Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 0.34
75 David Carpenter Braves 0.33
76 Scott Downs – – – 0.33
77 Josh Outman Rockies 0.32
78 Steve Cishek Marlins 0.32
79 Dale Thayer Padres 0.31
80 Alfredo Figaro Brewers 0.30
81 Cody Allen Indians 0.29
82 Neil Wagner Blue Jays 0.29
83 Ryan Cook Athletics 0.28
84 Steve Delabar Blue Jays 0.28
85 Bruce Rondon Tigers 0.27
86 Nate Jones White Sox 0.27
87 Craig Breslow Red Sox 0.26
88 Jean Machi Giants 0.26
89 Rex Brothers Rockies 0.25
90 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 0.24
91 Jerome Williams Angels 0.24
92 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 0.24
93 Danny Farquhar Mariners 0.23
94 Joe Smith Indians 0.23
95 Santiago Casilla Giants 0.23
96 Chad Gaudin Giants 0.22
97 Alfredo Simon Reds 0.21
98 Anthony Varvaro Braves 0.21
99 Jamey Wright Rays 0.21
100 Jose Veras – – – 0.20
101 Tim Collins Royals 0.20
102 Ernesto Frieri Angels 0.19
103 Wilton Lopez Rockies 0.19
104 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 0.17
105 J.J. Hoover Reds 0.17
106 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 0.17
107 Charlie Furbush Mariners 0.16
108 J.C. Gutierrez – – – 0.16
109 Jeanmar Gomez Pirates 0.16
110 Blake Parker Cubs 0.15
111 Craig Stammen Nationals 0.15
112 Justin Wilson Pirates 0.15
113 Matt Thornton – – – 0.15
114 Brian Duensing Twins 0.14
115 Carlos Villanueva Cubs 0.14
116 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks 0.14
117 Kevin Gregg Cubs 0.14
118 Fernando Rodney Rays 0.13
119 Jesse Chavez Athletics 0.13
120 Bryan Shaw Indians 0.12
121 Luke Gregerson Padres 0.12
122 Sandy Rosario Giants 0.12
123 Anthony Swarzak Twins 0.11
124 Luis Ayala – – – 0.11
125 Ross Wolf Rangers 0.10
126 Scott Rice Mets 0.10
127 Andrew Bailey Red Sox 0.09
128 LaTroy Hawkins Mets 0.09
129 Pat Neshek Athletics 0.09
130 Aaron Crow Royals 0.08
131 Cesar Ramos Rays 0.08
132 Mike Dunn Marlins 0.08
133 Oliver Perez Mariners 0.08
134 Mariano Rivera Yankees 0.07
135 Joe Kelly Cardinals 0.06
136 Matt Lindstrom White Sox 0.06
137 Yoervis Medina Mariners 0.05
138 Joe Nathan Rangers 0.04
139 Ryan Webb Marlins 0.04
140 Tim Stauffer Padres 0.04
141 Tyson Ross Padres 0.04
142 Michael Kohn Angels 0.03
143 Rafael Soriano Nationals 0.03
144 Carter Capps Mariners 0.02
145 Dan Jennings Marlins 0.02
146 Burke Badenhop Brewers 0.01
147 Matt Guerrier – – – 0.01
148 Adam Ottavino Rockies 0.00
149 Ryan Pressly Twins 0.00
150 Chris Perez Indians -0.01
151 Dane de la Rosa Angels -0.01
152 Fernando Abad Nationals -0.01
153 Josh Edgin Mets -0.01
154 David Aardsma Mets -0.02
155 Edgmer Escalona Rockies -0.02
156 Jake McGee Rays -0.02
157 Jerry Blevins Athletics -0.02
158 Troy Patton Orioles -0.02
159 Adam Warren Yankees -0.03
160 Kevin Jepsen Angels -0.03
161 Ronald Belisario Dodgers -0.03
162 Bryan Morris Pirates -0.04
163 James Russell Cubs -0.04
164 Jim Johnson Orioles -0.04
165 Joe Ortiz Rangers -0.05
166 Darren Oliver Blue Jays -0.06
167 Logan Ondrusek Reds -0.08
168 Brad Brach Padres -0.10
169 Huston Street Padres -0.10
170 Manuel Corpas Rockies -0.10
171 Tony Sipp Diamondbacks -0.10
172 Jared Hughes Pirates -0.11
173 Rob Scahill Rockies -0.11
174 Darin Downs Tigers -0.12
175 Esmil Rogers Blue Jays -0.12
176 Tyler Thornburg Brewers -0.12
177 Rich Hill Indians -0.13
178 Phil Coke Tigers -0.16
179 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners -0.16
180 Luke Putkonen Tigers -0.17
181 Josh Roenicke Twins -0.18
182 Cory Gearrin Braves -0.19
183 Raul Valdes Phillies -0.19
184 Al Alburquerque Tigers -0.20
185 Jose Mijares Giants -0.20
186 Kelvin Herrera Royals -0.20
187 Ramon Troncoso White Sox -0.20
188 Justin De Fratus Phillies -0.21
189 Nick Hagadone Indians -0.21
190 Jonathan Broxton Reds -0.23
191 Scott Atchison Mets -0.24
192 Joba Chamberlain Yankees -0.25
193 Mike Adams Phillies -0.26
194 Drew Storen Nationals -0.27
195 Matt Albers Indians -0.27
196 Vinnie Pestano Indians -0.27
197 A.J. Ramos Marlins -0.28
198 Blake Beavan Mariners -0.28
199 Wesley Wright – – – -0.28
200 Michael Bowden Cubs -0.29
201 Brad Lincoln Blue Jays -0.30
202 Greg Burke Mets -0.30
203 Garrett Richards Angels -0.31
204 Josh Fields Astros -0.31
205 Pedro Strop – – – -0.31
206 Fernando Salas Cardinals -0.33
207 David Hernandez Diamondbacks -0.35
208 George Kontos Giants -0.36
209 Paul Clemens Astros -0.37
210 Kyle Farnsworth Rays -0.39
211 Michael Gonzalez Brewers -0.40
212 T.J. McFarland Orioles -0.40
213 Clayton Mortensen Red Sox -0.41
214 Donnie Veal White Sox -0.41
215 John Axford Brewers -0.42
216 Alex Wilson Red Sox -0.44
217 Travis Blackley Astros -0.45
218 Brandon Lyon Mets -0.48
219 Ian Krol Nationals -0.50
220 Ryan Mattheus Nationals -0.51
221 Bruce Chen Royals -0.54
222 Jose Cisnero Astros -0.58
223 Carlos Marmol – – – -0.59
224 Lucas Luetge Mariners -0.59
225 Jeremy Horst Phillies -0.60
226 Hector Ambriz Astros -0.62
227 Dallas Keuchel Astros -0.63
228 Jeremy Affeldt Giants -0.65
229 Henry Rodriguez – – – -0.71
230 Michael Kirkman Rangers -0.74
231 Hector Rondon Cubs -0.78
232 Brandon League Dodgers -0.88
233 Anthony Bass Padres -0.92
234 Shawn Camp Cubs -1.04
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