Brasier struck out one in a perfect 11th inning to earn the save over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Brasier had quite the weekend in Florida, notching three saves during Boston's series sweep over the Rays. The 31-year-old looks to be running away with the closer job with a 1.59 ERA and 11:2 K:BB in 11.1 innings this season.
Brasier gave up two hits and struck out one in a scoreless inning to record his fifth save of the season in a 6-5 win over the Rays on Saturday. The right-hander continues to be effective in the ninth inning. Brasier has five saves in six chances to go along with a 1.74 ERA and 10:2 K:BB in 10.1 innings, and with Matt Barnes filling the fireman role, Brasier should continue to see plenty of save opportunities for the Red Sox.
Brasier was charged with a blown save in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees as he gave up a grand slam. He allowed one earned run on one hit with two strikeouts over two-thirds of an inning. Brasier entered in a tough spot during the seventh inning with the bases loaded and only one out, but looked to be in decent shape with an 0-2 count on Brett Gardner before giving up the grand slam. The right-hander was unlikely to complete the game Wednesday given how early he came in, but nonetheless gets charged with the blown save. Brasier still has a 2.16 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 8:2 K:BB and three converted saves over 8.1 innings.
Brasier entered Sunday's game in the eighth inning with Boston leading 1-0 and worked around a walk and a hit in scoreless inning. Brasier has closed out three games this season, but Matt Barnes was positioned to get the save in this one. The Red Sox scored three times in the bottom of the eighth, so no save was credited, but it does did shed some light on manager Alex Cora's planned usage. Starter David Price was allowed to pitch out of a minor jam in the seventh inning and got Boston into the eighth with the lead. That meant Cora did not have to burn Barnes early to squelch a budding threat, and the manager had Brasier enter to set up the potential save for Barnes. Both relievers are expected to get save chances going forward, with game circumstances dictating which one will be positioned for the save.
Brasier tossed a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a hit while striking out one batter and earning the save in Sunday's 1-0 victory against the Diamondbacks. Matt Barnes took the seventh- and eighth-inning duties Sunday while Brasier was relied on to shut things down. It's looking more like Barnes will be used in high-leverage situations rather than strictly closing games. This would give Brasier more opportunities in the ninth inning, and he should be worth a speculative add in all formats.