Knebel walked one and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his 23rd save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Pirates. He extended his shutout streak to 10 games and 11 innings, and Knebel has converted all seven of his save chances with an 18:5 K:BB over that stretch. The fireballing righty continues to emerge as an elite closer for the Brewers.
Knebel allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning for his 22nd save Sunday against the Reds. A two-out single from Jesse Winker didn't trouble Knebel, who was easily able to protect his team's 7-4 lead. The closer has now allowed exactly one hit in each of his six August appearances, but he's yet to surrender a run this month. Knebel's ERA is a sparkling 1.46, and he's 22-for-26 in save opportunities since assuming the ninth-inning role.
Knebel gave up a hit and struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to pick up his 21st save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Rays. In nine appearances and nine innings since the All-Star break, Knebel has a dominant 16:4 K:BB that reflects significant improvement in his control. If he continues to minimize his walks, the 24-year-old could well end up being one of the most valuable closers in baseball over the final two months.
Knebel struck out two batters during a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 20th save of the season during Thursday's win over St. Louis. Knebel has converted 20 of 24 saves since taking over the closer role and boasts an elite 1.61 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 15.7 K/9 for the year. It's encouraging that he's bounced back from poor outings without falling into a funk, and as a result, he should continue to have a long leash on ninth-inning duties for the Brewers.
Knebel allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to notch his 19th save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals. The 24-year-old has found a modicum of control since the All-Star break, posting an 11:3 K:BB in seven innings over seven appearances with a 1.29 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Knebel's been impressive since taking over as the Brewers' closer, but if he can continue to shave down his 5.3 BB/9 on the year, he has the dominant raw stuff to join the ranks of the league's elite ninth-inning men.
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