Feliz tossed two perfect innings of relief in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays. Tuesday's contest was only the third Feliz has appeared in since he ceded the closer's role May 12, but it represented a step in the right direction, as it was the first outing he did not allow a runner to reach base since April 26 -- a streak of 10 straight appearances. While Feliz has things turned back in the right direction, he was summoned with the Brewers behind on the scoreboard, so he figures to keep working in middle relief for the time being.
Feliz is no longer the closer for the Brewers, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Feliz's disastrous outing Thursday afternoon marked his fourth loss of the season and raised his ERA to 6.19, which apparently was the last straw for manager Craig Counsell. The Brewers' skipper reportedly plans to mix up who closes out games moving forward, but Corey Knebel and Jacob Barnes seem like logical choices given their strong showings thus far. Feliz may still be able to reclaim the role later in the season if he turns things around in a lower-leverage role, but for the time being, he'll work on improving his command in earlier innings.
Feliz got the final three outs of Wednesday's 7-4 victory over the Red Sox, but he was not pitching in a save situation and allowed an earned run. Feliz has not been particularly sharp of late, giving up eight earned runs over his last 10 outings while throwing just two clean frames over that span. However, he is 8-for-9 in save situations and owns a 1.15 WHIP this season, so he is not seemingly in any danger of losing the closer's job at the moment. If Feliz is forced to give up the ninth-inning duties for any reason, Corey Knebel would be the favorite to replace him.
Feliz allowed a solo home run while striking out one in the 10th inning for his seventh save of the year in Monday's 7-5 win over the Cardinals. Feliz allowed Jedd Gyorko's second home run of the night, but he was ultimately able to lock down the save. The hard-throwing right-hander's seven saves in eight tries are nice, but he's now allowed four home runs in 11.2 innings for an ugly 6.17 ERA. His job isn't in jeopardy for the time being, but Feliz remains one of the more volatile ninth-inning stoppers.
Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his sixth save of the season during Sunday's win over Atlanta. This was a solid bounce-back outing after Feliz took the loss in his last appearance. His scoreless outing Sunday chipped his ERA down to 5.91, so while his six saves and 9.3 K/9 are admirable marks, Feliz has had some struggles to start the season. It doesn't appear that his ninth-inning job is in any danger at this point, though.
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