Neshek allowed three runs on three hits in two thirds of an inning Thursday against the Cubs, striking out two and allowing two home runs. Neshek was brought in with a five-run lead in the bottom of the seventh but came close to blowing it, allowing a two-run homer to Kyle Schwarber and a solo shot to Anthony Rizzo. It's hardly a surprise that both homers were hit by lefties, as Neshek is something of a righty specialist, with lefties owning a career .741 OPS against him compared to righties' .551 mark. The 38-year-old hasn't performed up to his usual standards this season, as his 4.67 ERA would be his highest mark since 2010 and his 12.0 percent strikeout rate would be the lowest mark of his career.
Neshek allowed one hit in the ninth inning but held the Rockies scoreless to earn the save Sunday. Neshek was called upon in the ninth inning with Hector Neris having pitched both Friday and Saturday. He filled in well, allowing only a two-out single prior to closing out the game. While Neris appears to be the primary closer, Neshek now has three saves on the season, managing a 3.24 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with seven strikeouts across 16.2 innings.
Neshek picked up a save against the Brewers on Monday, working around one hit to throw a scoreless ninth inning and preserve a 7-4 victory. He didn't record a walk or a strikeout. It was the second save of the season for the right-hander, who lowered his ERA to 3.68 through 14.2 innings. This was Neshek's first save since April 9, so he doesn't figure to see much more than the occasional save opportunity, even with David Robertson (elbow) set to remain on the injured list for at least a few more weeks.
Neshek (0-1) was handed the loss after giving up an unearned run in the 11th inning Monday against the Mets. He struck out one, walked one and allowed one hit in his inning of work. Neshek allowed the first two batters to reach base but then did what he could to get out of the inning. He forced a pop out and a strikeout, but a two-out error by Rhys Hoskins allowed the winning run to score. Neshek still has strong numbers on the season, with a 1.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and one save in 7.2 innings.
Neshek picked up the save Monday against the Nationals despite a shaky ninth inning in which he allowed a run on two hits, including one homer. Seranthony Dominguez and David Robertson threw earlier in the game, and Hector Neris had thrown 17 pitches the night before, so manager Gabe Kapler turned to Neshek to face the toughest part of the Nationals' lineup with a two-run lead in the ninth inning. He made things interesting by starting the inning with a Brian Dozier homer and an Anthony Rendon double but eventually shut the door. His usage Tuesday doesn't suggest that he's moved ahead of Dominguez or Robertson in the pecking order, but it does serve as a welcome reminder that Kapler will be creative again this season, so the veteran could certainly stumble into save chances on a semi-regular basis going forward despite not being the team's top option.