More of the same for Barrett, who has a horrendous 12.38 ERA and 2.88 WHIP in August. He looked OK on Monday, when he recorded the hold by pitching a scoreless inning (despite two walks and two wild pitches) against the Braves. But Tuesday's results and his other recent struggles suggest he's not up for a high-leverage role right now. Enrique Burgos is the other pitcher in the
Barrett struggled again on Thursday, as he allowed three runs (all earned) in just 0.2 innings against the Padres. He was tagged with the loss.
Barrett came on in the eighth with Arizona up a run and quickly recorded two outs. But he then allowed two hits and a walk to load the bases, and was yanked for Enrique Burgos, who proceeded to give up a three-run double. Barrett has allowed nine earned runs in his last six innings and his ERA is up to 4.23. Given Barret's eighth inning usage (and his recent struggles), it appears Arizona's closer situation is very fluid at the moment.
Barrett got another save opportunity Wednesday, but allowed a two-run homer before being pulled after just 0.1 innings.
Barrett walked Alejando De Aza to start the ninth, and then served up a two-run home run to pinch hitter Kelly Johnson for the blown save. Barrett wasn't even afforded the opportunity to finish the inning, and got pulled right after the homer. The D-Backs eventually came back to win the game in extra innings, but the poor outing doesn't bode well for Barrett, who has now blown four saves in just seven save opportunities. Barrett was recently named the full-time closer, but Wednesday marked his second rough outing in the past week. If Barrett retains the closer job after this recent implosion, he'll certainly be on thin ice moving forward. His ERA climbed to 3.80.
Tuesday marked the first save opportunity since Barrett officially took over the closer role on July 31st. While he did have a four-run meltdown against the Nationals in a non-save situation on August 3rd, he has since thrown three consecutive scoreless outings and lowered his ERA to 3.40. Barrett did blow three of the five save chances he was given before July 31st, and Tyler Clippard does have experience closing games, so Barrett probably doesn't have as long a leash as some other closers. Still, at the moment Barrett seems to be the man for Arizona.
Barrett got the final four outs Saturday versus Dodgers for his third save of the season. He gave up a solo homer and notched one strikeout.
It was Barrett's second save of the month, both of which follow late-inning reliever Brad Ziegler's departure to Boston, and closer Tyler Clippard's recent struggles. The 25-year-old rookie is looking to steal the ninth-inning job from Clippard and his 2.79 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 39 K's over 38.2 innings suggest that he's more than capable of closing the door for Arizona.
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