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NL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
50-31 5-5 L1
48-34 7-3 W2
43-38 6-4 W2
39-40 7-3 W6
29-54 3-7 L6

2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 2 1 2.16 25 13 1.24

Top Brad Hand News

  • Phillies' Brad Hand: Nails down third save

    Hand struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his third save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Cardinals.

    Seranthony Dominguez worked the eighth inning against the heart of the St. Louis order, while Hand got the ninth against the Cards' 7-8-9 hitters. Since Corey Knebel was removed from the closer role in mid-June, Hand and Dominguez have two saves each, and they'll likely continue to share the job as long as both of them remain effective.

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  • Phillies' Brad Hand: Secures second save

    Hand picked up his second save of the year in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Nationals, striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit and one walk.

    The Phillies announced their intention to drop Corey Knebel from the closer role in favor of a committee Wednesday, and it's Hand who got the first opportunity in the new arrangement. Despite his 1.86 ERA, he's been outpitched by Seranthony Dominguez this year judging by the pair's underlying numbers, but Hand nevertheless got the ninth inning here while Dominguez got the eighth. It's worth noting that Dominguez faced the heart of the order while Hand came in to handle the Nats' 7-8-9 hitters, so their respective usage in this game doesn't guarantee that it will be Hand who gets the next save chance. The veteran lefty was also somewhat shaky Friday, allowing the tying run to reach base with one out before shutting the door on the 5-3 win.

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  • Phillies' Brad Hand: Part of closer committee

    Hand is expected to be part of a closer committee for the foreseeable future after interim manager Rob Thomson said Wednesday that Corey Knebel has been removed from the ninth-inning role, Todd Zolecki of reports.

    The closing change comes after Knebel blew his fourth save of the season in Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Marlins while walking two batters and allowing three unearned runs. Thomson didn't explicitly say which relievers would be part of the closing committee while Knebel is used in lower-leverage spots, but Hand and Seranthony Dominguez look to be the top two candidates to pick up saves. Hand, who has nabbed only one save in 2022 but recorded no fewer than 16 saves in any of the past five seasons, has been dependable in a setup role thus far for Philadelphia, accruing a 1.96 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 20:10 K:BB in 18.1 innings.

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  • Phillies' Brad Hand: Notches save against Mets

    Hand picked up his first save of the season in Monday's 5-4 win over the Mets, striking out two batters in a perfect ninth inning.

    The veteran southpaw was called in to face the team he ended his 2021 campaign with after a five-run rally by the Phillies in the bottom of the eighth, and Hand got the job done in style. Corey Knebel (illness) wasn't available Monday, but he isn't expected to be sidelined for long, so Hand's window for save chances is likely a short one. He appears to Joe Girardi's top option behind Knebel, however, not a surprising development considering Hand's 127 career saves.

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  • Phillies' Brad Hand: Velocity down in spring games

    Hand has sat around 90 to 91 mph with his fastball this spring, below his average of 93 mph last season, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

    It's possible this is nothing to worry about, as pitchers are frequently below their usual velocity numbers in spring, due either to their lack of adrenaline in exhibition contests or to the fact that they're still building up to full strength. This year's shortened spring training could make that an even more common problem. Still, the Phillies would certainly prefer to see Hand at his usual velocity as soon as possible. His chances of overtaking Corey Knebel on the closer depth chart would take a hit if he's unable to get back to the 93 mph range.

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  • Phillies' Brad Hand: Reaches deal with Phils

    Hand agreed Monday with the Phillies on a one-year, $6 million contract, Jeff Passan of reports.

    One of the top lefty relievers who was available on the open market, Hand ultimately landed with the fourth different NL East team of his career after stops with the Marlins, Mets and Nationals. With 121 career saves on his ledger, Hand immediately becomes the most accomplished reliever in the bullpen, but because he'll be making $4 million less than fellow free-agent pickup Corey Knebel, the former could be second in line for saves. Phillies manager Joe Girardi could also choose to use the two relievers as part of a loose closer committee, with the southpaw Hand and right-handed Knebel both representing appealing options against opposite-handed hitters. While the transaction makes handicapping the Phillies' closer situation a more difficult endeavor, the offseason additions of Hand and Knebel (and longtime Mets setup man Jeurys Familia) undoubtedly strengthen the bullpen, which has been a major trouble spot for the team in recent years.

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  • Mets' Brad Hand: Picks up hold in Mets debut

    Hand gave up two hits in a scoreless two-thirds of an inning to record his first hold of the season during an 11-9 win over the Nationals in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

    Facing the team he started the year with, Hand wasn't exactly effective when he relieved Miguel Castro in the sixth inning and allowed two inherited runners to score, but he was able to coax an inning-ending double play out of Ryan Zimmerman before he took any damage to his own ERA. Including his brief stint with the Blue Jays between his Nats and Mets tenures, Hand has an 8.40 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and 11:9 K:BB through 15 innings since the All-Star break, and he's unlikely to see much high-leverage work with New York.

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  • Mets' Brad Hand: Claimed by Mets

    Hand was claimed off waivers by the Mets on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Hand was acquired by the Blue Jays in a trade with the Nationals at the deadline but spent barely over a month with the team before being designated for assignment. The veteran lefty owns a mediocre 4.21 ERA on the season, including a 7.27 mark across 11 appearances after moving to Toronto, but he was very effective over the previous five seasons, posting a 2.70 ERA over that stretch. The current version of Hand shouldn't be pitching in high-leverage situations, but there's still potential here for him to serve as one of Edwin Diaz's top deputies if the Mets can get him back on track.

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  • Blue Jays' Brad Hand: Designated for assignment

    Hand was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Mitch Bannon of reports.

    Hand was eligible to return from the bereavement list, but the Blue Jays elected not to clear a spot for him on the active roster. It's quite the fall from grace for the veteran lefty, who has 126 saves to his name, including 21 this season. All of his saves this year came prior to being traded from Washington to Toronto. Following the move to the Blue Jays, Hand allowed 10 runs (seven earned) in 8.2 innings while striking out just five batters, though his past success would suggest he still has a good chance of being claimed off waivers.

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  • Blue Jays' Brad Hand: Headed to bereavement list

    Hand will placed on the bereavement list Friday, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.

    Hand's grandfather passed away, so he will be away from the team for between three and seven days. He's struggled to a 5.63 ERA and 1.63 WHIP across eight innings since being acquired by the Blue Jays.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN
Age: 32
Experience: 8
Bats/Throws: L, L