Neris picked up the save after giving up two hits and one walk while striking out three in 1.2 scoreless innings Monday night against Milwaukee.
Neris was called upon with one out in the eighth, and while it wasn't a smooth ride, he was able to get the job done. He picked off a runner at first base to record the third out of the eighth, and he would strike out Lorenzo Cain with the bases loaded for the final out of the ballgame. Neris needed 40 pitches to slam the door, the most pitches he's thrown in a game since August of 2015, notes Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. It's reasonable to expect the Phillies' closer to be down for the next few days after exerting this much energy. Following the win, Neris has collected six saves in seven chances this season, working his way to a 1.88 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with an 18:4 K:BB across 14.1 innings.
Neris (1-3) took the loss Saturday as the Phillies fell 5-4 to the Mets, allowing one run on one hit and striking out one in an inning of relief.
Called on with the score tied 4-4 in the top of the ninth, the Phillies' closer served up a solo shot to Michael Conforto on the second pitch he threw. Neris has seen a heavy workload so far, appearing in 14 of the team's first 27 games, and he was pitching for the third time in four days Saturday. Despite the setback, he still carries a 2.13 ERA and 15:3 K:BB through 12.2 innings while converting five of six save chances to begin the year.
Neris did not allow a baserunner and struck out one to earn the save Wednesday.
Neris made quick work of the Cardinals, as he required only nine pitches to set down the side and record his fifth save. He's been excellent from both a results (1.69 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 10.2 innings) and skills perspective early on this season and is locked into save chances for the time being.
Neris allowed one hit and a run while earning a save over the Phillies on Monday.
Neris came into the game with a runner already on first so he wasn't charged with the run that scored on Dylan Carlson's groundout. He's now 4-for-5 in save chances with a 1.86 ERA over 9.2 innings this season.
Neris earned his third save of the season Saturday against the Rockies after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and fanning one.
Neris entered the game with a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth and didn't have major problems closing things out, tossing nine of his 11 pitches for strikes. Neris allowed a triple to Garrett Hampson with one out, but he struck out Dom Nunez and sealed the game with a Sam Hilliard pop out to end the threat. The 31-year-old right-hander has gone 3-for-4 in save opportunities this season.
Neris (1-2) took the loss Friday against the Rockies, surrendering a home run and registering a strikeout while only securing one out.
Neris entered a tie ballgame in the bottom of the ninth inning. He was able to retire the first batter, but promptly served up a walk-off home run to Raimel Tapia. Through the 2021 campaign, the 31-year-old owns a 2.35 ERA with 10 strikeouts across 7.2 innings. With Archie Bradley (oblique) on the 10-day injured list, Neris should continue to see plenty of late-inning work and save opportunities.
Neris (1-1) earned the win Wednesday versus the Giants after recording two strikeouts and not allowing a baserunner during the ninth inning.
The 31-year-old entered for the top of the ninth inning amid a 5-5 tie and retired the side in order, putting him on track for the victory when Andrew Knapp walked off the Giants during the bottom of the frame. Neris has converted two of three save chances and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with a 9:3 K:BB across 7.1 innings this season.
Neris (0-1) took the loss and blew his first save of the season in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while recording only one out.
The Phillies took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning, but the bad version of Neris showed up in the bottom half of the frame. The right-hander threw only 13 of 22 pitches for strikes, eventually serving up a bases-loaded walkoff single to Jonathan Villar. Neris hadn't allowed a run in five appearances coming into Tuesday, and on the season he still sports a 1.69 ERA and 5:3 K:BB through six innings.
Neris went 1-2-3 in the ninth to record his second save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Braves on Sunday.
Neris did not have an easy task to close out the game with Pablo Sandoval, Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies stepping up to the plate. The 31-year-old was able to retire all three hitters on just 10 pitches as he helped the Phillies avoid a sweep to the Braves. Neris has yet to allow a run in four appearances and has converted both of his save chances on the year so far.
Neris was credited with the save after tossing a scoreless inning Sunday against the Braves. He walked two and struck out one.
Neris has made three appearances already this season and has yet to allow a run while fanning five. His two walks created a stressful situation, as the Phillies were holding a one-run lead in the ninth, but the veteran right-hander eventually closed the door to earn his first save of the campaign.
Manager Joe Girardi said Neris would open the season as the Phillies' closer, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
After posting a 14:0 K:BB while allowing just five hits in 9.2 innings this spring, Neris was awarded the job over Archie Bradley and Jose Alvarado, who Girardi confirmed would be the Phillies' top right-handed and left-handed setup man, respectively. Though Neris has converted 70 of his 87 save chances (80.5 percent) over the past four seasons, an inability to consistently keep the ball in the yard has prevented him from building up much job security. With two high-quality options in Bradley and Alvarado waiting in the wings, Neris will likely need to avoid blowups early on in April and May to ensure he finishes the season as the Phillies' top option for saves.
Neris worked on a slider over the offseason and has been trying it out in spring games, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Neris threw a slider infrequently earlier in his career, last using it in in 2017. His profile is led by a splitter that can be a dominant pitch at times, but he may need something more after a disappointing season that saw him struggle to a 4.57 ERA and a career-worst 12.6 percent walk rate. There's no guarantee the reborn slider will have the desired effect, but there's at least a chance it helps him get back to being the guy who posted a 3.23 ERA from 2016 to 2019. He currently looks to be locked into a tight race with Archie Bradley for the Phillies' closer job, with the team yet to offer much clarity about the situation.
Neris' role in Philadelphia's bullpen is uncertain heading into the 2021 season, Kerry Kauffman of Fansided reports.
Neris was brought back by the Phillies on a one-year deal following a disappointing 2020 campaign, accruing a 4.57 ERA and 1.71 WHIP with a 27:13 K:BB across 21.2 frames. He secured five saves and finished with three blown saves. While Neris appears to be firmly in the mix for save chances to open the year, Philadelphia's signing of Archie Bradley gives the team more options at the back end of the bullpen, as Bradley has collected 24 total saves over the last two seasons. The closer's role in Philly will be something to keep a close eye on as spring training continues.
Neris signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Phillies on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The team declined the right-hander's $7 million option for next season in late October, but he'll remain in the organization after agreeing to the new deal. Neris had 28 saves with a 2.93 ERA during 2019, but he struggled during the shortened season with a 4.57 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 27:13 K:BB over 21.2 innings.
Neris' option was declined by the Phillies on Friday, though he remains with the team as he's still arbitration eligible, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
The Phillies evidently were uninterested in bringing Neris back for $7 million. Whether they attempt to bring him back at a lower salary or not remains to be seen. Neris has saved 72 games with a 3.38 ERA and a 30.1 percent strikeout rate over parts of seven seasons with the Phillies, though he (along with the rest of the Philadelphia bullpen) struggled last season, posting a 4.57 ERA.
Neris walked two batters in a scoreless seventh inning to record his fifth save of the season in an 8-7 win over the Blue Jays in the second game of Friday's doubleheader.
The right-hander continues to walk a tightrope with his control, but Neris has mostly been able to avoid any serious damage, posting a 1.93 ERA through 9.1 innings in September and converting all three of his save chances this month despite an 11:7 K:BB. He should be the top closing option for the Phillies over the final days of the regular season.
Neris (2-2) allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two in the ninth as he took the loss Wednesday against the Mets.
Neris came in to begin the ninth with the score knotted at 4-4 and was unable to withhold the Mets from taking the lead. He was a double play away from getting out of the inning with two men on and one out but surrendered a line-drive single to center field by Andres Gimenez, bringing around Ahmed Rosario to score to eventually win the game for the Mets. Neris has had a down year in comparison to recent seasons with a 4.86 ERA and a career-worst 1.86 WHIP across 16.2 innings.
Neris gave up a hit and a walk while striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his fourth save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Mets.
Brandon Workman has been scored upon in each of his last two appearances, while Neris has a 0.90 ERA over his last 10 innings, so the pendulum may be swinging back his way in the Phillies' closer battle. That strong stretch hasn't erased his poor start, however -- on the season, Neris is still saddled with a 4.60 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and career-worst 11.6 percent walk rate.
Neris allowed one hit and one run (none earned) but recorded the save Monday against the Mets.
Brandon Workman pitched in the ninth inning in a tied game, opening up the save opportunity for Neris in the 10th. Neris allowed the runner starting on second base to score on a single, but otherwise held the Mets in check to earn his third save. Workman has emerged as the team's primary closer since being acquired at the trade deadline, but Neris may still see occasional save chances.
Neris got credit for his first hold of the season in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Atlanta. He was charged with three runs on two hits and a walk over one-third of an inning.
With Brandon Workman now on the roster, Neris entered the game in the eighth inning to protect a 4-2 lead, but he was no more effective in a setup role than he'd been as closer, coughing up a run on two hits and a walk before he managed to record his only out. Workman then came into the game and allowed both inherited runners to score when Matt Adams laced his first pitch for a double. Neris now has a ghastly 11.12 ERA, 2.65 WHIP and 7:5 K:BB through 5.2 innings and has blown three of his five save chances to begin the season, but Workman's disastrous first outing as a Phillie doesn't guarantee that he'll immediately displace the team's incumbent in the closer role. It wouldn't be surprising if the duo split save opportunities until one of them proves to manager Joe Girardi that they can be reliable in the ninth.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/08||@ ATL||L 7-8||1.0||1||2||2||1|
|05/03||vs MIL||W 4-3||1||1.2||2||0||1||3|
|05/01||vs NYM||L 4-5||1||1.0||1||1||0||1|
|04/29||@ STL||L 3-4||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|04/28||@ STL||W 5-3||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/26||@ STL||W 2-1||1||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|04/24||@ COL||W 7-5||1||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||97.0||46||8||0||6||4||0||93||39||89||4.55||1.320|
|2014||AAA-Lehigh Valley Ironpi||58.0||37||1||0||4||3||2||58||19||50||4.19||1.190|
|2014||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||19.1||11||0||0||2||0||0||12||10||12||1.89||1.152|
|2015||AAA-Lehigh Valley Ironpi||37.1||27||0||0||1||3||1||35||24||38||3.64||1.671|
|2018||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||18.2||19||0||0||2||0||1||31||7||9||1.48||0.879|