Oh allowed a run on two hits while striking out one in the 10th inning Wednesday to record his 16th save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Phillies.
He's been scored upon in three of his last five appearances, but Oh has still managed to convert six straight save chances dating back to the end of May. The 34-year-old hasn't been as sharp in his second MLB season, but as yet the Cards don't seem inclined to remove him from the closer role.
Oh (1-3) allowed a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to Milwaukee.
Oh has allowed four runs through three innings over his past three appearances. Before the recent poor stretch, he hadn't allowed an earned run in 18 of 19 appearances for a 0.84 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, and he's still collected 15 saves with an 8.7 K/9 this season. However, his 3.48 ERA and 1.42 WHIP are low-end marks for a reliever. The Cards have been loyal to Oh as their closer, but Trevor Rosenthal also has ninth-inning experience, so Oh's leash might be shorter than it was entering the campaign.
Oh notched his 15th save in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Phillies despite surrendering two earned runs on four hits in the ninth inning. He struck out two.
Oh certainly made it interesting, allowing RBI singles to Odubel Herrera and Howie Kendrick before inducing a game-ending flyball from Tommy Joseph. A bit of fatigue may have been at play, considering it was the 34-year-old's third appearance over the last four days, with each of those outings having gone an inning. The closer saw a six-appearance scoreless streak snapped, but he's now notched saves in each of his last five opportunities.
Oh picked up his 14th save of the season Friday against Philadelphia, allowing one hit and striking out one in one inning of work.
Oh has now converted his last four save opportunities, as he worked a quick ninth Friday in his second appearance in two days after a six-game break. He currently ranks tied for seventh in saves this season.
Oh struck out two batters during a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 13th save of the season during Thursday's win over the Dodgers.
After a rough start to the season, Oh has worked his way down to a 2.77 ERA and 1.38 WHIP to go along with his impressive 13 saves and 9.0 K/9. Additionally, Oh has turned in a scoreless appearance in 17 of his past 18 outings. The Final Boss is locked in again.
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