Bradley blew his eighth save of the season in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Padres in 10 innings after yielding the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth. He retired three of the six batters he faced and allowed three base hits. Bradley closed out the 2018 campaign by surrendering leads in both of his last two appearances, bringing his total of blown saves to four just in September alone. While Bradley still turned in useful ratios (3.64 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 9.4 K/9) this season, all amounted to dramatic downturns from 2017, when he emerged as one of the majors' top middle-relief arms. The Diamondbacks are expected to address the back end of the bullpen through free agency or the trade market this winter, but that won't necessarily preclude Bradley from receiving an opportunity to close next season.
Bradley retired all three of the hitters he faced Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 2-0 loss to the Rockies, striking out two in an 11-pitch sixth inning. Though he's sitting on a 6.95 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in the second half, Bradley has looked sharper in his recent appearances. He has kept the opposition off the board in his last four outings, with Sunday's outing representing the first time that he struck out multiple hitters during that stretch. While Bradley's recent form is encouraging, the Diamondbacks could limit his usage over the season's final week with the playoffs now out of reach.
Bradley tossed 1.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Friday's 4-2 win over the Astros, yielding a double and a walk and striking out a batter in the 25-pitch outing. Bradley has served as the Diamondbacks' top setup man for most of the season, but manager Torey Lovullo opted to bring in the right-hander with one out and a runner on first base in the sixth inning during the series opener. While Bradley retired the final two batters of the inning without much stress, things weren't as smooth in the bottom of the seventh, when he put runners on the corners with two outs before departing. Brad Ziegler was able to record the final out of the frame to preserve the tie game and spare any damage to Bradley's ERA, but it still wasn't quite the dominant showing the 26-year-old needed to convince the Diamondbacks he could be trusted in big spots again. Though Lovullo has said that the Diamondbacks will take a committee approach at closer after Brad Boxberger was recently removed from the role, it appears Yoshihisa Hirano will be the team's preferred option for saves with Bradley having shown limited dependability in the second half.
Bradley was handed the loss in relief Saturday against the Dodgers after retiring just one hitter and giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. Bradley entered the contest in the bottom of the eighth and the Diamondbacks possessing a two-run lead, but he was unable to add to his majors-leading hold total. After striking out Max Muncy to begin the frame, Bradley allowed a single to Justin Turner and walked Manny Machado before serving up a three-run blast to Matt Kemp, which held up as the difference in the game. The blowup ended a streak of seven straight scoreless appearances for Bradley, who now owns a 3.57 ERA across 63 innings.
Bradley was credited with the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Though he lowered his season ERA to 3.39 in addition to evening his record at 4-4, Bradley was far from sharp in his appearance. After retiring the first two hitters via strikeout and lineout, Bradley conceded back-to-back singles and then loaded the bases when he hit Hunter Renfroe. Bradley escaped the 25-pitch frame unscathed, however, when he whiffed Cory Spangenberg to keep the game tied at three runs. The right-hander remains the Diamondbacks' go-to setup option, but his elevated workload seems to be taking a toll in the second half, as he's given up 12 earned runs on 11 hits and five walks over 12.2 innings since the All-Star break.