Iglesias pitched in only four games this spring, giving up six runs (two earned) over 3.2 innings. He struck out four while allowing six hits and a walk. Iglesias remains the closer and probably will get used more traditionally this season, but he has less job security this season than last. The Reds spent heavily on improving the lineup this offseason and expect to win, so if he falters early like he did last season, it's reasonable to expect a change to occur. Moreover, the alternatives behind him are stronger, with Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett and Robert Stephenson coming off good seasons and Pedro Strop joining the team.
Iglesias started throwing sooner this offseason in order to be ready sooner in spring training, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I just wanted to get my arm better in form," Iglesias said through interpreter Jorge Merlos. "Really, just want to get here ready to go and in better form." Iglesias also said that he's better prepared to pitch in non-save situations than he was last year, when he compiled a 5.18 ERA and 1.52 WHIP and complained about his usage early in the season. "I felt a little bit awkward last year coming in early because I have a routine every time," he said. "I prepare myself in the sixth and seventh inning to come into the ninth. It was all a learning experience. I'm comfortable in whatever inning I come in. Just like any other closer, you have to be prepared for any time you can come in. I'm comfortable anywhere."
Iglesias allowed two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning in a blown save against the Pirates on Friday. This outing ruins Iglesias' perfect September. Prior to Friday, he had pitched nine scoreless frames this month, where he had allowed only two hits and one walk with 15 strikeouts. Barring another setback this weekend, Iglesias will still have a great September, but he won't finish with an ERA under 4.00, and he is 3-12 with six blown saves this year. Iglesias also has 34 saves, a 4.23 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 89 strikeouts in 66 innings.
Iglesias struck out the side and didn't allow a baserunner during the ninth inning to earn a save in a 3-2 victory against the Mets on Saturday. His 3-11 record and 3.99 ERA are flat-out ugly for a closer, but Iglesias has been helpful in the saves and strikeouts categories. He's been particularly great lately, posting seven saves and 15 strikeouts in his last nine innings, all of which have been scoreless. Overall, he's recorded 34 saves, five blown saves, a 1.22 WHIP and 89 strikeouts in 65.1 innings this season.
Iglesias gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless 10th inning Wednesday to record his 33rd save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Cubs. The Reds closer remains perfect in September, converting all six of his save chances without allowing a run over eight appearances. Iglesias sports a 4.06 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 86:21 K:BB through 64.1 innings on the season.
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