SOEFA Sunday: Reliever Rankings Update (September 8, 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. Additionally, SOEFA penalizes pitchers like Joe Nathan and Mariano Rivera who have done a very poor job when they have been asked to strand runners this season despite great numbers in other categories.

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 0.10 and the inherited runner threshold has been increased from 5 to 8. SOEFA is a rate stat not a counting stat. 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. Also, as we look to improve SOEFA for next season, let us know if you have any suggestions!

Rank Player Team SOEFA
1 Neal Cotts Rangers 1.01
2 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 0.93
3 Greg Holland Royals 0.92
4 Koji Uehara Red Sox 0.90
5 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 0.87
6 Mark Melancon Pirates 0.81
7 Craig Kimbrel Braves 0.79
8 Javier Lopez Giants 0.78
9 Jesse Crain White Sox 0.78
10 Drew Smyly Tigers 0.75
11 Will Smith Royals 0.71
12 Sergio Romo Giants 0.70
13 Jordan Walden Braves 0.70
14 Louis Coleman Royals 0.70
15 Chris Withrow Dodgers 0.69
16 Jason Grilli Pirates 0.67
17 Luke Hochevar Royals 0.67
18 Nick Vincent Padres 0.67
19 Edward Mujica Cardinals 0.66
20 Alex Torres Rays 0.65
21 Sam LeCure Reds 0.64
22 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 0.62
23 Sean Doolittle Athletics 0.59
24 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 0.58
25 Tanner Roark Nationals 0.57
26 Jim Henderson Brewers 0.56
27 Brandon Kintzler Brewers 0.54
28 Brian Matusz Orioles 0.54
29 Paco Rodriguez Dodgers 0.54
30 Josh Collmenter Diamondbacks 0.52
31 Jason Frasor Rangers 0.52
32 Glen Perkins Twins 0.52
33 Carlos Torres Mets 0.51
34 Juan Perez Blue Jays 0.50
35 Antonio Bastardo Phillies 0.50
36 Casey Fien Twins 0.48
37 Aroldis Chapman Reds 0.47
38 Dan Otero Athletics 0.47
39 Tommy Hunter Orioles 0.47
40 Shawn Kelley Yankees 0.47
41 Andrew Miller Red Sox 0.47
42 Joel Peralta Rays 0.46
43 Jake Diekman Phillies 0.45
44 Manny Parra Reds 0.45
45 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 0.45
46 Bobby Parnell Mets 0.44
47 Will Harris Diamondbacks 0.43
48 Randy Choate Cardinals 0.43
49 Seth Maness Cardinals 0.43
50 Matt Reynolds Diamondbacks 0.42
51 Vin Mazzaro Pirates 0.42
52 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 0.41
53 Joe Thatcher – – – 0.41
54 Donovan Hand Brewers 0.41
55 Francisco Rodriguez – – – 0.40
56 Chad Qualls Marlins 0.40
57 Luis Avilan Braves 0.40
58 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 0.40
59 Steve Delabar Blue Jays 0.39
60 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 0.38
61 Scott Downs – – – 0.37
62 Josh Outman Rockies 0.37
63 Addison Reed White Sox 0.36
64 Darren O’Day Orioles 0.36
65 David Carpenter Braves 0.36
66 Steve Cishek Marlins 0.35
67 Preston Claiborne Yankees 0.35
68 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 0.35
69 J.P. Howell Dodgers 0.35
70 Jean Machi Giants 0.34
71 Tony Watson Pirates 0.33
72 Ross Ohlendorf Nationals 0.33
73 Ernesto Frieri Angels 0.33
74 Robbie Ross Rangers 0.33
75 Santiago Casilla Giants 0.33
76 Ryan Cook Athletics 0.32
77 Jerome Williams Angels 0.31
78 Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 0.31
79 Tyler Clippard Nationals 0.31
80 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 0.31
81 David Robertson Yankees 0.30
82 Craig Breslow Red Sox 0.29
83 Nate Jones White Sox 0.28
84 Tim Collins Royals 0.27
85 Danny Farquhar Mariners 0.27
86 Grant Balfour Athletics 0.27
87 Mariano Rivera Yankees 0.27
88 Cody Allen Indians 0.27
89 Joe Smith Indians 0.26
90 Carlos Villanueva Cubs 0.26
91 Jeanmar Gomez Pirates 0.26
92 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 0.26
93 Matt Belisle Rockies 0.25
94 Anthony Varvaro Braves 0.25
95 Neil Wagner Blue Jays 0.25
96 Boone Logan Yankees 0.23
97 Jared Burton Twins 0.22
98 Craig Stammen Nationals 0.22
99 Chad Gaudin Giants 0.22
100 Jamey Wright Rays 0.22
101 Luke Gregerson Padres 0.21
102 Charlie Furbush Mariners 0.21
103 Luis Ayala – – – 0.20
104 Brian Duensing Twins 0.20
105 Jose Veras – – – 0.19
106 Blake Parker Cubs 0.18
107 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 0.17
108 Carter Capps Mariners 0.17
109 Caleb Thielbar Twins 0.17
110 Luke Putkonen Tigers 0.17
111 Wilton Lopez Rockies 0.17
112 Alfredo Simon Reds 0.17
113 Dan Jennings Marlins 0.16
114 Oliver Perez Mariners 0.16
115 Fernando Rodney Rays 0.16
116 Rex Brothers Rockies 0.16
117 Mike Dunn Marlins 0.15
118 Tim Stauffer Padres 0.15
119 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks 0.15
120 Alfredo Figaro Brewers 0.14
121 Dale Thayer Padres 0.13
122 Anthony Swarzak Twins 0.13
123 Yoervis Medina Mariners 0.12
124 Scott Rice Mets 0.11
125 Jesse Chavez Athletics 0.11
126 Matt Lindstrom White Sox 0.11
127 Kevin Gregg Cubs 0.11
128 Bryan Shaw Indians 0.10
129 Rafael Soriano Nationals 0.10
130 J.J. Hoover Reds 0.10
131 Sandy Rosario Giants 0.09
132 Justin Wilson Pirates 0.08
133 Andrew Bailey Red Sox 0.08
134 Ross Wolf Rangers 0.07
135 Kelvin Herrera Royals 0.07
136 Bruce Rondon Tigers 0.07
137 J.C. Gutierrez – – – 0.07
138 Joe Nathan Rangers 0.07
139 Joe Kelly Cardinals 0.06
140 Adam Ottavino Rockies 0.06
141 James Russell Cubs 0.06
142 Ryan Webb Marlins 0.06
143 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 0.05
144 Michael Kohn Angels 0.05
145 Tyson Ross Padres 0.04
146 Jim Johnson Orioles 0.04
147 Matt Thornton – – – 0.04
148 Manuel Corpas Rockies 0.04
149 LaTroy Hawkins Mets 0.03
150 Darren Oliver Blue Jays 0.03
151 Fernando Abad Nationals 0.02
152 Matt Guerrier – – – 0.01
153 Josh Edgin Mets 0.00
154 Edgmer Escalona Rockies -0.01
155 Kevin Jepsen Angels -0.03
156 Joe Ortiz Rangers -0.03
157 Pat Neshek Athletics -0.03
158 Ryan Pressly Twins -0.03
159 Gonzalez Germen Mets -0.03
160 Dane de la Rosa Angels -0.04
161 Burke Badenhop Brewers -0.04
162 Ronald Belisario Dodgers -0.04
163 Chris Perez Indians -0.04
164 Rob Scahill Rockies -0.05
165 Tyler Thornburg Brewers -0.05
166 Tony Sipp Diamondbacks -0.05
167 Huston Street Padres -0.06
168 David Aardsma Mets -0.07
169 Jerry Blevins Athletics -0.09
170 Logan Ondrusek Reds -0.10
171 Darin Downs Tigers -0.11
172 Jared Hughes Pirates -0.12
173 Troy Patton Orioles -0.13
174 Phil Coke Tigers -0.14
175 Josh Fields Astros -0.14
176 Josh Roenicke Twins -0.14
177 Jake McGee Rays -0.14
178 Aaron Crow Royals -0.14
179 Fernando Salas Cardinals -0.16
180 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners -0.16
181 Cesar Ramos Rays -0.17
182 Rich Hill Indians -0.17
183 Drew Storen Nationals -0.18
184 Wesley Wright – – – -0.18
185 Jose Mijares Giants -0.18
186 Raul Valdes Phillies -0.19
187 Cory Gearrin Braves -0.19
188 Matt Albers Indians -0.19
189 Ramon Troncoso White Sox -0.19
190 Jake Dunning Giants -0.20
191 Brad Brach Padres -0.20
192 Nick Hagadone Indians -0.21
193 Jonathan Broxton Reds -0.23
194 Bryan Morris Pirates -0.24
195 Mike Adams Phillies -0.26
196 Blake Beavan Mariners -0.26
197 Kyle Farnsworth – – – -0.26
198 A.J. Ramos Marlins -0.26
199 Evan Scribner Athletics -0.27
200 Lucas Luetge Mariners -0.27
201 Pedro Strop – – – -0.27
202 David Hernandez Diamondbacks -0.29
203 Vinnie Pestano Indians -0.30
204 Greg Burke Mets -0.30
205 Brad Lincoln Blue Jays -0.30
206 Garrett Richards Angels -0.30
207 George Kontos Giants -0.31
208 Justin De Fratus Phillies -0.31
209 Marc Rzepczynski – – – -0.32
210 Donnie Veal White Sox -0.32
211 Michael Bowden Cubs -0.33
212 Zach Duke – – – -0.33
213 Paul Clemens Astros -0.36
214 T.J. McFarland Orioles -0.36
215 Michael Gonzalez Brewers -0.37
216 Adam Warren Yankees -0.38
217 Clayton Mortensen Red Sox -0.41
218 Esmil Rogers Blue Jays -0.42
219 John Axford – – – -0.42
220 Al Alburquerque Tigers -0.43
221 Travis Blackley Astros -0.44
222 Alex Wilson Red Sox -0.45
223 Scott Atchison Mets -0.46
224 Joba Chamberlain Yankees -0.48
225 Brandon Lyon Mets -0.48
226 Brandon Maurer Mariners -0.51
227 Ryan Mattheus Nationals -0.53
228 Bruce Chen Royals -0.54
229 Carlos Marmol – – – -0.58
230 Jose Cisnero Astros -0.58
231 Jeremy Horst Phillies -0.59
232 Hector Ambriz Astros -0.62
233 Ian Krol Nationals -0.63
234 Dallas Keuchel Astros -0.63
235 Jeremy Affeldt Giants -0.64
236 Henry Rodriguez – – – -0.70
237 Michael Kirkman Rangers -0.74
238 Hector Rondon Cubs -0.74
239 Lucas Harrell Astros -0.80
240 Luis Garcia Phillies -0.87
241 Brandon League Dodgers -0.88
242 Anthony Bass Padres -0.88
243 Shawn Camp Cubs -1.03
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