Rzepczynski posted a 2-2 record, 4.02 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 20 holds and one save in 31.1 innings across 64 appearances in 2017. Rzepczynski was a dependable option for manager Scott Servais out of the bullpen for the majority of the season, although a couple of outings in which he gave up multiple earned runs conspired to sully his final numbers to a degree. The veteran right-hander posted a solid 3.31 ERA and .217 BAA in 16.1 first-half frames, but those numbers bumped up to 4.80 and .291, respectively, following the All-Star break. However, Rzepczynski also posted a career-best 20 holds and should have a secure role once again headed into spring training in 2018.
Rzepczynski notched his 19th hold in Friday's 3-2 win over the Athletics by pitching a clean one-third of an inning. Rzepczynski just keeps rolling along as one of manager Scott Servais' most consistent sixth-and-seventh-inning options. He's rattled off scoreless efforts in 15 of his last 16 appearances and has now set a new career high in holds. Given his secure role in the bullpen, he remains an option for those in deep AL-only formats.
Rzepczynski struck out Chris Davis with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Wednesday to record his first save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Orioles. After Edwin Diaz melted down once again trying to protect a three-run lead, Rzepczynski came in to face a dangerous left-handed hitter and close things out. The veteran isn't likely to get another save chance this season, but if Diaz's struggles continue and the Mariners resort to a committee approach at closer, he could suddenly find himself with a share of the job.
Rzepczynski notched his 14th hold in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Orioles, getting one out on three pitches. The veteran right-hander's ERA is now back under 3.00 for the first time since June 8, and he's posted three holds and a win over five August appearances. Rzepczynski has rattled off eight straight scoreless efforts as well and is just five holds away from eclipsing the career-best 18 he tallied in both 2011 and 2012 with the Blue Jays and Cardinals.
Rzepczynski retired the only batter he faced in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Angels, earning his ninth hold. Rzepczynski needed seven pitches to induce a pop-up from Kole Calhoun with Ben Revere on second, serving as an effective bridge to closer Edwin Diaz, who subsequently came on for a four-out save opportunity. The 29-year-old has had one major stumble this season -- a June 13 appearance against the Twins in which he gave up four runs (three earned) over a third of an inning. Otherwise, Rzepczynski has only been scored upon in three of his other 28 outings, rendering him one of manager Scott Servais' most trusted options out of the bullpen.
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