SOEFA Sunday: Reliever Rankings Update (September 22, 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 0.09 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 Sergio Santos Blue Jays 1.03
2 Koji Uehara Red Sox 0.97
3 Greg Holland Royals 0.94
4 Neal Cotts Rangers 0.94
5 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 0.89
6 Louis Coleman Royals 0.89
7 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 0.80
8 Drew Smyly Tigers 0.79
9 Javier Lopez Giants 0.79
10 Will Smith Royals 0.78
11 Jesse Crain White Sox 0.78
12 Mark Melancon Pirates 0.78
13 Luke Hochevar Royals 0.72
14 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 0.72
15 Craig Kimbrel Braves 0.70
16 Nick Vincent Padres 0.68
17 Sean Doolittle Athletics 0.67
18 Chris Withrow Dodgers 0.66
19 Jose Veras – – – 0.62
20 Brian Matusz Orioles 0.59
21 Jason Grilli Pirates 0.59
22 Tommy Hunter Orioles 0.58
23 Tanner Roark Nationals 0.57
24 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 0.57
25 Jake Diekman Phillies 0.57
26 David Huff – – – 0.57
27 Glen Perkins Twins 0.56
28 Sam LeCure Reds 0.56
29 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 0.56
30 Carlos Torres Mets 0.56
31 Casey Fien Twins 0.55
32 Josh Collmenter Diamondbacks 0.54
33 Jim Henderson Brewers 0.53
34 Alex Torres Rays 0.52
35 Edward Mujica Cardinals 0.51
36 Randy Choate Cardinals 0.51
37 Antonio Bastardo Phillies 0.50
38 Paco Rodriguez Dodgers 0.49
39 Dan Otero Athletics 0.49
40 Juan Perez Blue Jays 0.49
41 Jordan Walden Braves 0.48
42 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 0.47
43 Andrew Miller Red Sox 0.47
44 Seth Maness Cardinals 0.47
45 Chad Qualls Marlins 0.45
46 Bobby Parnell Mets 0.44
47 Kevin Gausman Orioles 0.44
48 Shawn Kelley Yankees 0.43
49 Matt Reynolds Diamondbacks 0.42
50 Brandon Kintzler Brewers 0.41
51 Joe Thatcher – – – 0.41
52 J.P. Howell Dodgers 0.40
53 Vin Mazzaro Pirates 0.40
54 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 0.40
55 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 0.40
56 Carlos Villanueva Cubs 0.40
57 Jason Frasor Rangers 0.39
58 David Carpenter Braves 0.39
59 Tony Watson Pirates 0.39
60 Manny Parra Reds 0.39
61 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 0.39
62 Steve Cishek Marlins 0.38
63 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 0.38
64 Ernesto Frieri Angels 0.38
65 Darren O’Day Orioles 0.37
66 Donovan Hand Brewers 0.37
67 Luis Avilan Braves 0.37
68 Sergio Romo Giants 0.36
69 Aroldis Chapman Reds 0.35
70 Francisco Rodriguez – – – 0.35
71 Robbie Ross Rangers 0.33
72 Blake Parker Cubs 0.33
73 Ross Ohlendorf Nationals 0.32
74 Will Harris Diamondbacks 0.32
75 Josh Outman Rockies 0.32
76 Jean Machi Giants 0.32
77 Luke Gregerson Padres 0.32
78 David Robertson Yankees 0.32
79 Mariano Rivera Yankees 0.31
80 Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 0.31
81 Jerome Williams Angels 0.31
82 Joel Peralta Rays 0.31
83 Tim Collins Royals 0.30
84 Tyler Clippard Nationals 0.30
85 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 0.30
86 Joe Smith Indians 0.29
87 Dan Jennings Marlins 0.28
88 Craig Stammen Nationals 0.28
89 Anthony Varvaro Braves 0.27
90 Scott Downs – – – 0.27
91 Luis Ayala – – – 0.27
92 Craig Breslow Red Sox 0.26
93 Matt Belisle Rockies 0.26
94 Addison Reed White Sox 0.26
95 Nate Jones White Sox 0.26
96 Cody Allen Indians 0.26
97 Jamey Wright Rays 0.25
98 Luke Putkonen Tigers 0.25
99 Fernando Rodney Rays 0.24
100 Grant Balfour Athletics 0.24
101 Santiago Casilla Giants 0.23
102 Alfredo Simon Reds 0.23
103 Boone Logan Yankees 0.23
104 Jared Burton Twins 0.22
105 Chad Gaudin Giants 0.22
106 Mike Dunn Marlins 0.21
107 Neil Wagner Blue Jays 0.20
108 Joakim Soria Rangers 0.20
109 Charlie Furbush Mariners 0.20
110 Caleb Thielbar Twins 0.20
111 Rex Brothers Rockies 0.20
112 Rob Scahill Rockies 0.19
113 Danny Farquhar Mariners 0.19
114 Preston Claiborne Yankees 0.19
115 Bryan Shaw Indians 0.18
116 J.C. Gutierrez – – – 0.18
117 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 0.17
118 Dale Thayer Padres 0.16
119 Steve Delabar Blue Jays 0.16
120 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks 0.14
121 Rafael Soriano Nationals 0.13
122 Matt Lindstrom White Sox 0.13
123 Justin Wilson Pirates 0.13
124 LaTroy Hawkins Mets 0.12
125 Brandon Workman Red Sox 0.12
126 Oliver Perez Mariners 0.12
127 Tim Stauffer Padres 0.12
128 Ryan Webb Marlins 0.11
129 Adam Ottavino Rockies 0.11
130 Scott Rice Mets 0.11
131 Anthony Swarzak Twins 0.11
132 Wilton Lopez Rockies 0.11
133 Jim Johnson Orioles 0.09
134 Darren Oliver Blue Jays 0.09
135 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 0.09
136 Brian Duensing Twins 0.09
137 Jesse Chavez Athletics 0.08
138 Joe Nathan Rangers 0.08
139 Gonzalez Germen Mets 0.08
140 Andrew Bailey Red Sox 0.08
141 Jeanmar Gomez Pirates 0.08
142 Sandy Rosario Giants 0.07
143 Bruce Rondon Tigers 0.06
144 Fernando Abad Nationals 0.06
145 Burke Badenhop Brewers 0.06
146 Joe Kelly Cardinals 0.06
147 Kevin Gregg Cubs 0.05
148 Yoervis Medina Mariners 0.05
149 Huston Street Padres 0.05
150 Tyson Ross Padres 0.04
151 Logan Ondrusek Reds 0.04
152 Matt Thornton – – – 0.03
153 Dustin McGowan Blue Jays 0.03
154 Kelvin Herrera Royals 0.02
155 Matt Guerrier – – – 0.01
156 Alfredo Figaro Brewers 0.01
157 Ryan Cook Athletics 0.01
158 Brad Boxberger Padres 0.01
159 David Aardsma Mets 0.01
160 Ross Wolf Rangers 0.00
161 J.J. Hoover Reds -0.01
162 Josh Edgin Mets -0.01
163 Dane de la Rosa Angels -0.01
164 Joe Ortiz Rangers -0.01
165 Jerry Blevins Athletics -0.01
166 Edgmer Escalona Rockies -0.02
167 Josh Zeid Astros -0.03
168 Marc Rzepczynski – – – -0.03
169 Kevin Jepsen Angels -0.03
170 Manuel Corpas Rockies -0.03
171 Tyler Thornburg Brewers -0.05
172 Evan Scribner Athletics -0.05
173 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners -0.05
174 Chris Perez Indians -0.05
175 Donnie Veal White Sox -0.05
176 Pat Neshek Athletics -0.06
177 Michael Kohn Angels -0.07
178 James Russell Cubs -0.07
179 Carter Capps Mariners -0.08
180 Carlos Martinez Cardinals -0.09
181 Jared Hughes Pirates -0.10
182 Fernando Salas Cardinals -0.10
183 Darin Downs Tigers -0.10
184 Aaron Crow Royals -0.11
185 Jake McGee Rays -0.11
186 Drake Britton Red Sox -0.12
187 Wesley Wright – – – -0.12
188 Cesar Ramos Rays -0.13
189 Matt Albers Indians -0.13
190 Troy Patton Orioles -0.14
191 Ryan Pressly Twins -0.14
192 Jake Dunning Giants -0.14
193 Pedro Strop – – – -0.15
194 Ronald Belisario Dodgers -0.15
195 A.J. Ramos Marlins -0.15
196 Brad Brach Padres -0.15
197 David Purcey White Sox -0.15
198 Drew Storen Nationals -0.17
199 Josh Fields Astros -0.17
200 Bryan Morris Pirates -0.17
201 David Hernandez Diamondbacks -0.17
202 Raul Valdes Phillies -0.19
203 Cory Gearrin Braves -0.19
204 Adam Warren Yankees -0.19
205 Scott Atchison Mets -0.20
206 Jose Mijares Giants -0.21
207 Lucas Luetge Mariners -0.21
208 Jonathan Broxton Reds -0.24
209 Rich Hill Indians -0.24
210 Justin De Fratus Phillies -0.24
211 Ramon Troncoso White Sox -0.25
212 Mike Adams Phillies -0.26
213 Tony Sipp Diamondbacks -0.26
214 Kyle Farnsworth – – – -0.26
215 Blake Beavan Mariners -0.27
216 Vinnie Pestano Indians -0.27
217 Al Alburquerque Tigers -0.28
218 Rob Wooten Brewers -0.28
219 Josh Roenicke Twins -0.30
220 Nick Hagadone Indians -0.30
221 Garrett Richards Angels -0.31
222 Brad Lincoln Blue Jays -0.31
223 Phil Coke Tigers -0.32
224 Michael Bowden Cubs -0.33
225 T.J. McFarland Orioles -0.33
226 Ryan Mattheus Nationals -0.33
227 Carlos Marmol – – – -0.34
228 George Kontos Giants -0.34
229 Zach Duke – – – -0.35
230 John Axford – – – -0.36
231 Paul Clemens Astros -0.37
232 Dylan Axelrod White Sox -0.38
233 Guillermo Moscoso Giants -0.38
234 Travis Blackley – – – -0.41
235 Clayton Mortensen Red Sox -0.42
236 Esmil Rogers Blue Jays -0.43
237 Alex Wilson Red Sox -0.45
238 Brandon Lyon Mets -0.49
239 Greg Burke Mets -0.49
240 Brandon Maurer Mariners -0.51
241 Michael Gonzalez Brewers -0.51
242 Joba Chamberlain Yankees -0.52
243 Lucas Harrell Astros -0.52
244 Josh Lueke Rays -0.53
245 Bruce Chen Royals -0.54
246 Jose Cisnero Astros -0.58
247 Jeremy Horst Phillies -0.59
248 Hector Ambriz Astros -0.63
249 Hector Rondon Cubs -0.63
250 Dallas Keuchel Astros -0.64
251 Luis Garcia Phillies -0.66
252 Jeremy Affeldt Giants -0.67
253 Ian Krol Nationals -0.69
254 Cory Rasmus – – – -0.69
255 Henry Rodriguez – – – -0.70
256 Michael Kirkman Rangers -0.75
257 Brandon League Dodgers -0.85
258 Anthony Bass Padres -0.93
259 Shawn Camp Cubs -1.03
260 Mitchell Boggs – – – -1.40
261 Curtis Partch Reds -1.42
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