Swarzak struck out one in a perfect eighth inning Tuesday to record his ninth hold of the season in a win over the Cubs. The right-hander has been as brilliant with Atlanta as he was a disaster in Seattle, posting a 0.54 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 20:6 K:BB through 16.2 innings since moving to the NL. Swarzak would likely be the next man up as closer if Atlanta decided to replace Luke Jackson, and Swarzak does have one save already to go along with his nine holds.
Swarzak struck out two in a perfect seventh inning during Wednesday's win over the Giants. Making his first appearance in an Atlanta uniform since the trade from the Mariners, Swarzak wasn't used in a particularly high-leverage spot -- he was protecting a 9-2 lead by the time he stepped on the mound -- but he still looked sharp. The right-hander did have three saves (but three blown saves) with Seattle, so if Luke Jackson continues to stumble, Swarzak could factor into the closer mix.
Swarzak and cash were traded from the Mariners to the Braves on Monday in exchange for Jesse Biddle and Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder), Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. The Braves' bullpen has been a mess this season, so they'll swap one injured reliever and another DFA'd one in exchange for Swarzak. It's not clear that Swarzak will necessarily fix their problems, however, as he owns a 5.97 ERA in 37.2 innings over the last two seasons, with his decent 26.3 percent strikeout rate failing to overcome a high 12.3 percent walk rate. Saves are very much up for grabs in Atlanta, and Swarzak does have three already this season for the Mariners, but it's unlikely that he'll walk straight into a ninth-inning role given his recent track record.
Swarzak (2-2) allowed three runs on three hits in one-third of an inning during a blown save against the Yankees on Tuesday. He was also charged with the loss. The right-hander induced a flyout to begin the frame, but then allowed a single and homer to let the Yankees tie it up. In a surprising move, Mariners manager Scott Servais elected to stick with Swarzak following the blown save and against the next batter, he allowed another single. Swarzak didn't face another hitter after that, but that run came around to score, so he was still saddled with the loss. Swarzak now has as many blown saves as saves (three) and owns a 6.10 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 10.1 innings this year.
Swarzak (2-0) allowed an earned run on a solo home run and also issued two walks and a wild pitch over an inning in a win over the Angels on Thursday. He struck out one. It was an eventful 29-pitch frame for Swarzak to say the least, and after some trouble, he still managed to walk away with an unlikely win courtesy of Jay Bruce's ninth-inning tie-breaking single. Swarzak has been been one of manager Scott Servais' most versatile options out of the bullpen in the wake of Hunter Strickland's placement on the injured list with a lat injury. Swarzak has locked down a pair of saves and now has two victories to go along with them, all while generating an impressive 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 10:3 K:BB across 6.1 innings. His considerable strikeout upside -- he's recorded at least one whiff in each of his seven appearances -- and a current role that figures to continue affording him steady save chances has his fantasy stock at solid levels for the time being.