Jeffress worked around two walks to pitch a scoreless ninth inning and record the save in Friday's 1-0 win over the Twins. Jeffress walked speedy leadoff hitter Byron Buxton, but a double play quickly erased that threat. He then walked the dangerous Nelson Cruz but struck out Eddie Rosario to record his eighth save in 10 chances this season. Rowan Wick and Craig Kimbrel are also seeing some save opportunities in Chicago, but Jeffress has been effective with a 1.69 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, and the veteran reliever leads the team in saves with Wick behind him with four.
Jeffress (4-1) allowed two earned runs on two walks and one hit to blow the save Tuesday against Cleveland. However, he did earn the win. Jeffress entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a 5-3 lead. However, he walked the leadoff batter and then allowed a two-run home run to Francisco Lindor to blow the save. Jeffress has earned the majority of saves since the middle of August, though Craig Kimbrel did convert an opportunity on Saturday against Milwaukee. It remains to be seen how manager David Ross decides to divide the closer role to end the campaign, though Jeffress has maintained a very solid 1.86 ERA and 0.93 WHIP across 19.1 innings.
Jeffress earned the save against Cincinnati on Thursday, allowing one hit in a scoreless inning of work. The right-hander's successful run as closer continued against the Reds as he allowed only a harmless infield single in the nine-pitch outing. Since suffering his only blown save of the season Aug. 19, Jeffress has thrown seven scoreless innings across six appearances while picking up five saves and a win. His 3.8 BB/9 on the season is slightly concerning, but as long as Jeffress continues to get the job done he should continue to function as the primary closer for Chicago.
Jeffress earned the save Tuesday after throwing a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds. He struck out one batter. Brian Goodwin got aboard via a one-out single, but Jeffress easily worked around him to preserve the shutout for the Cubs. Jeffress has taken over as the No. 1 closing option for Chicago, earning each of the team's last four saves to bring his total to six, after Rowan Wick earned four saves from Aug. 1 to Aug. 18 following Craig Kimbrel's removal from the ninth-inning role.
Jeffress pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one walk and one strikeout to earn the save in Friday's 4-1 win over the Cardinals. Jeffress struck out Dylan Carlson to begin his appearance, but walked Kolten Wong. He then erased that mistake by getting Tommy Edman to ground into a double play. Jeffress now has five saves in 14 appearances this season, four of which have come in his last six outings. He appears to have taken over for Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning. Rowan Wick is also in the closer conversation, but he earned the hold Friday with a scoreless eighth inning. Jeffress has a 1.13 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 11 strikeouts across 16 innings this season.