SOEFA Sunday: Reliever Rankings Update (September 15, 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 Koji Uehara Red Sox 0.95
2 Greg Holland Royals 0.94
3 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 0.91
4 Neal Cotts Rangers 0.89
5 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 0.80
6 Mark Melancon Pirates 0.80
7 Drew Smyly Tigers 0.78
8 Jesse Crain White Sox 0.78
9 Craig Kimbrel Braves 0.77
10 Javier Lopez Giants 0.77
11 Will Smith Royals 0.76
12 Louis Coleman Royals 0.73
13 Luke Hochevar Royals 0.73
14 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 0.70
15 Sergio Romo Giants 0.70
16 Chris Withrow Dodgers 0.66
17 Alex Torres Rays 0.65
18 Nick Vincent Padres 0.64
19 Sean Doolittle Athletics 0.63
20 Sam LeCure Reds 0.62
21 Edward Mujica Cardinals 0.61
22 Jose Veras – – – 0.61
23 Jordan Walden Braves 0.59
24 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 0.59
25 Tanner Roark Nationals 0.57
26 Jason Grilli Pirates 0.56
27 David Huff – – – 0.54
28 Glen Perkins Twins 0.54
29 Jim Henderson Brewers 0.54
30 Paco Rodriguez Dodgers 0.54
31 Brian Matusz Orioles 0.53
32 Casey Fien Twins 0.52
33 Carlos Torres Mets 0.51
34 Jake Diekman Phillies 0.51
35 Tommy Hunter Orioles 0.51
36 Antonio Bastardo Phillies 0.50
37 Dan Otero Athletics 0.50
38 Juan Perez Blue Jays 0.50
39 Josh Collmenter Diamondbacks 0.48
40 Shawn Kelley Yankees 0.48
41 Andrew Miller Red Sox 0.47
42 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 0.47
43 Jason Frasor Rangers 0.47
44 Manny Parra Reds 0.47
45 Randy Choate Cardinals 0.46
46 Brandon Kintzler Brewers 0.45
47 Bobby Parnell Mets 0.44
48 Seth Maness Cardinals 0.43
49 Chad Qualls Marlins 0.42
50 J.P. Howell Dodgers 0.42
51 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 0.42
52 Matt Reynolds Diamondbacks 0.42
53 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 0.41
54 Luis Avilan Braves 0.41
55 Francisco Rodriguez – – – 0.40
56 Joel Peralta Rays 0.40
57 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 0.39
58 Steve Cishek Marlins 0.39
59 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 0.39
60 Aroldis Chapman Reds 0.38
61 Donovan Hand Brewers 0.38
62 Joe Thatcher – – – 0.38
63 Vin Mazzaro Pirates 0.38
64 David Carpenter Braves 0.37
65 Rob Scahill Rockies 0.37
66 Tony Watson Pirates 0.37
67 Tyler Clippard Nationals 0.37
68 Darren O’Day Orioles 0.36
69 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 0.35
70 Will Harris Diamondbacks 0.35
71 Ernesto Frieri Angels 0.34
72 Joe Smith Indians 0.34
73 Scott Downs – – – 0.34
74 Addison Reed White Sox 0.32
75 Carlos Villanueva Cubs 0.32
76 Jean Machi Giants 0.32
77 Josh Outman Rockies 0.32
78 Nate Jones White Sox 0.32
79 Ross Ohlendorf Nationals 0.32
80 Jerome Williams Angels 0.31
81 Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 0.31
82 Luke Gregerson Padres 0.30
83 Neil Wagner Blue Jays 0.30
84 Santiago Casilla Giants 0.30
85 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 0.29
86 Robbie Ross Rangers 0.29
87 Grant Balfour Athletics 0.27
88 Jamey Wright Rays 0.27
89 Luke Putkonen Tigers 0.27
90 Steve Delabar Blue Jays 0.27
91 Tim Collins Royals 0.27
92 Anthony Varvaro Braves 0.26
93 Caleb Thielbar Twins 0.26
94 Craig Stammen Nationals 0.26
95 Jared Burton Twins 0.25
96 David Robertson Yankees 0.24
97 Luis Ayala – – – 0.24
98 Mariano Rivera Yankees 0.24
99 Boone Logan Yankees 0.23
100 Matt Belisle Rockies 0.23
101 Chad Gaudin Giants 0.22
102 Charlie Furbush Mariners 0.22
103 Craig Breslow Red Sox 0.22
104 Dan Jennings Marlins 0.22
105 Alfredo Simon Reds 0.20
106 Blake Parker Cubs 0.20
107 Fernando Rodney Rays 0.20
108 Mike Dunn Marlins 0.20
109 Cody Allen Indians 0.19
110 Danny Farquhar Mariners 0.19
111 David Purcey White Sox 0.19
112 Preston Claiborne Yankees 0.19
113 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 0.17
114 Anthony Swarzak Twins 0.16
115 Dale Thayer Padres 0.16
116 J.C. Gutierrez – – – 0.16
117 Rex Brothers Rockies 0.16
118 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks 0.15
119 Tim Stauffer Padres 0.15
120 Rafael Soriano Nationals 0.14
121 Carter Capps Mariners 0.13
122 Kevin Gregg Cubs 0.12
123 Sandy Rosario Giants 0.12
124 Alfredo Figaro Brewers 0.11
125 Matt Lindstrom White Sox 0.11
126 Scott Rice Mets 0.11
127 Bryan Shaw Indians 0.10
128 Justin Wilson Pirates 0.10
129 LaTroy Hawkins Mets 0.10
130 Oliver Perez Mariners 0.10
131 Adam Ottavino Rockies 0.09
132 Ryan Cook Athletics 0.09
133 Andrew Bailey Red Sox 0.08
134 Brian Duensing Twins 0.08
135 Brandon Workman Red Sox 0.07
136 Bruce Rondon Tigers 0.07
137 Joe Nathan Rangers 0.07
138 Matt Thornton – – – 0.07
139 Ryan Webb Marlins 0.07
140 Wilton Lopez Rockies 0.07
141 Fernando Abad Nationals 0.06
142 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 0.06
143 J.J. Hoover Reds 0.06
144 Jesse Chavez Athletics 0.06
145 Joe Kelly Cardinals 0.06
146 Kelvin Herrera Royals 0.06
147 Burke Badenhop Brewers 0.05
148 Gonzalez Germen Mets 0.05
149 Jim Johnson Orioles 0.05
150 Yoervis Medina Mariners 0.05
151 Darren Oliver Blue Jays 0.04
152 Jeanmar Gomez Pirates 0.04
153 Tyson Ross Padres 0.04
154 Dane de la Rosa Angels 0.02
155 Matt Guerrier – – – 0.01
156 Michael Kohn Angels 0.01
157 Ross Wolf Rangers 0.00
158 Josh Edgin Mets -0.01
159 Ronald Belisario Dodgers -0.01
160 Edgmer Escalona Rockies -0.02
161 Huston Street Padres -0.02
162 Manuel Corpas Rockies -0.02
163 Kevin Jepsen Angels -0.03
164 Jerry Blevins Athletics -0.04
165 Pat Neshek Athletics -0.04
166 Ryan Pressly Twins -0.04
167 Jake McGee Rays -0.05
168 Tyler Thornburg Brewers -0.05
169 Dustin McGowan Blue Jays -0.06
170 Logan Ondrusek Reds -0.06
171 James Russell Cubs -0.07
172 Chris Perez Indians -0.08
173 David Aardsma Mets -0.08
174 Rob Wooten Brewers -0.09
175 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners -0.10
176 Darin Downs Tigers -0.12
177 Joe Ortiz Rangers -0.12
178 Marc Rzepczynski – – – -0.12
179 Matt Albers Indians -0.12
180 Jared Hughes Pirates -0.13
181 Josh Fields Astros -0.13
182 Tony Sipp Diamondbacks -0.13
183 Troy Patton Orioles -0.13
184 Aaron Crow Royals -0.14
185 Cesar Ramos Rays -0.14
186 Wesley Wright – – – -0.14
187 Drew Storen Nationals -0.15
188 Josh Zeid Astros -0.15
189 Kyle Farnsworth – – – -0.15
190 Nick Hagadone Indians -0.16
191 Phil Coke Tigers -0.16
192 Brad Brach Padres -0.18
193 Fernando Salas Cardinals -0.18
194 Zach Duke – – – -0.18
195 Cory Gearrin Braves -0.19
196 Donnie Veal White Sox -0.19
197 Raul Valdes Phillies -0.19
198 A.J. Ramos Marlins -0.20
199 Jake Dunning Giants -0.20
200 Ramon Troncoso White Sox -0.20
201 Evan Scribner Athletics -0.21
202 George Kontos Giants -0.21
203 Jose Mijares Giants -0.21
204 Bryan Morris Pirates -0.22
205 David Hernandez Diamondbacks -0.22
206 Pedro Strop – – – -0.23
207 Rich Hill Indians -0.23
208 Jonathan Broxton Reds -0.24
209 Blake Beavan Mariners -0.26
210 Mike Adams Phillies -0.26
211 Josh Roenicke Twins -0.27
212 Vinnie Pestano Indians -0.27
213 Brad Lincoln Blue Jays -0.30
214 Justin De Fratus Phillies -0.30
215 Lucas Luetge Mariners -0.30
216 Garrett Richards Angels -0.31
217 Michael Bowden Cubs -0.33
218 T.J. McFarland Orioles -0.33
219 Al Alburquerque Tigers -0.35
220 John Axford – – – -0.35
221 Scott Atchison Mets -0.36
222 Adam Warren Yankees -0.37
223 Dylan Axelrod White Sox -0.37
224 Paul Clemens Astros -0.37
225 Ryan Mattheus Nationals -0.39
226 Travis Blackley – – – -0.40
227 Clayton Mortensen Red Sox -0.41
228 Esmil Rogers Blue Jays -0.42
229 Alex Wilson Red Sox -0.45
230 Brandon Lyon Mets -0.48
231 Carlos Marmol – – – -0.49
232 Greg Burke Mets -0.49
233 Joba Chamberlain Yankees -0.49
234 Michael Gonzalez Brewers -0.49
235 Brandon Maurer Mariners -0.50
236 Bruce Chen Royals -0.54
237 Jose Cisnero Astros -0.58
238 Jeremy Horst Phillies -0.59
239 Dallas Keuchel Astros -0.63
240 Hector Ambriz Astros -0.63
241 Ian Krol Nationals -0.67
242 Jeremy Affeldt Giants -0.67
243 Hector Rondon Cubs -0.71
244 Henry Rodriguez – – – -0.71
245 Michael Kirkman Rangers -0.74
246 Lucas Harrell Astros -0.81
247 Luis Garcia Phillies -0.83
248 Anthony Bass Padres -0.87
249 Brandon League Dodgers -0.93
250 Shawn Camp Cubs -1.03
251 Curtis Partch Reds -1.42
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