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.
Neris allowed three runs (none earned) on one hit and one walk while striking out one across one-third of an inning to blow the save and take the loss in the second game of the Phillies' doubleheader Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Neris entered the game in the sixth inning of a seven-inning contest, after the Phillies' lead was trimmed to one. Subsequently, two batters reached base on errors, which then crossed the plate on a wild pitch and a single. Though Neris was a bit wild, he was let down by his defense for the second time in his past four appearances. He'll still need to improve some things that are within his control -- he has a 6.8 BB/9 -- but he should remain the Phillies' primary closing option for now.
Neris allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two to blow the save Tuesday against the Orioles.
Neris entered the game in the ninth inning with a 6-5 lead. He managed to retire one of the first two batters he faced, but then went on to allow two singles, a double and a walk while allowing three earned runs. Entering Tuesday's contest, Neris had not allowed a run in three appearances. Given that form and the struggles of Philadelphia's bullpen overall, Neris is likely to continue to see save chances moving forward despite this poor performance.
Neris was credited with the save in Thursday's win over the Yankees, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings and giving up two hits while striking out one.
Neris had pitched in only one game this season before Wednesday, but he was able to close out a pair of wins in the series against the Yankees to register his first two saves of the campaign. In Thursday's contest, he was brought in to face Aaron Judge with a runner on third base in the eighth inning and proceeded to strike the slugger out to preserve Philadelphia's lead. Though the Yankees managed a pair of two-out singles against Neris in the ninth, the closer induced a flyout to end the contest and clinch a series victory. After converting 28 of 34 save opportunities in 2019 and both of his chances so far this season, Neris ranks among the most stable closers in the league.
Neris retired the only batter he faced to earn the save in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
The Phillies appeared to have things locked up as they entered the final frame with an 11-3 lead, but the bullpen fell apart and Neris was forced warmup and enter for the one-out save. The 31-year-old threw only one pitch, but given the shortened preparations for the season, he was then unavailable to pitch the nightcap, which included more bullpen issues for Philadelphia.
Neris (illness) was activated from the injured list Wednesday.
The Phillies placed Neris on the injured list early in summer camp and it was later revealed that he was on the COVID-19 list, specifically. It was never revealed whether Neris contracted the virus himself, but Neris was cleared to join camp July 6 and faced hitters last week, so it seems he should be fine to return to the closer role for Philadelphia to begin the 2020 campaign.
Neris (illness) is scheduled to throw one inning during Wednesday's intrasquad scrimmage, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Neris spent time on the COVID-19 injured list earlier in the month but is back with the team and ready to make his first appearance of summer camp. Barring setbacks, the right-hander tentatively looks on track to be ready to handle closing duties for the Phillies when the abbreviated season begins next week.
Neris (illness) completed an abbreviated bullpen session at the Phillies' summer camp Wednesday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
The Phillies have yet to formally activate Neris from the COVID-19 injured list, but his ability to work out with the rest of his teammates suggests he's at least produced two negative test results while he was quarantined. Since Neris only missed a handful of training sessions, he tentatively looks on track to be ready to handle closing duties when the Phillies begin their season July 24 versus the Marlins.
Manager Joe Girardi said Neris (undisclosed) was in attendance Sunday for the Phillies' training session at summer camp, though he wasn't participating, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
The Phillies have yet to activate Neris from the COVID-19 injured list, but his presence at the team workout suggests he's at least passed some phases of the protocol to return to action. Assuming Neris remains asymptomatic and eventually tests negative twice for the coronavirus, he'll be eligible for activation, though it's uncertain if he'll be fully cleared in time for the start of the season. Neris is viewed as the Phillies' presumptive closer after he recorded 28 saves to go with a 2.93 ERA in 2019.
Neris was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Phillies initially didn't reveal the reason why Neris and three other players were placed on the injured list, but it's since been revealed that they're all on the COVID-19 injured list, rather than the regular 10-day injured list. That doesn't necessarily mean that any of them have caught the virus, however, as players can also be placed on the list simply for having had contact with someone who has since tested positive. With players' medical information being closely safeguarded in this area, it's not clear when Neris is expected to rejoin the team.
The Phillies placed Neris on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to an unspecified issue, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Neris was one of four Phillies placed on the IL on Wednesday, with no reason provided behind any of the transactions. More clarity on Neris' situation could be provided the next time manager Joe Girardi meets with the media, but for now, the 31-year-old's status for Opening Day in late July is muddled. Neris had been projected to serve as the Phillies' closer in 2020 after converting 28 of 34 save chances and posting a 2.93 ERA and 1.02 WHIP last season, but if he's forced to miss any time, Girardi could opt to take a committee approach to the ninth inning.
Neris threw four scoreless Grapefruit League innings before play was suspended.
Neris' spring tune-up wasn't perfect, however, as he struck out just one of the 16 batters he faced. The 30-year-old doesn't appear to have any serious threats to his closer role this season, with David Robertson set to miss most or all of the campaign due to Tommy John surgery and Seranthony Dominguez's elbow problems returning.
Neris and the Phillies settled their arbitration case Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $4.6 million deal, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Neris is set for a substantial raise after making $1.8 million last season. He saved a career-high 28 games with a 2.93 ERA last season and looks set to close again under new manager Joe Girardi, who has a reputation for preferring much more rigid bullpen roles than his predecessor, Gabe Kapler, did. The deal also includes a club option for the 2021 season which will pay Neris a base salary of $7 million with the potential to earn more in incentives, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Neris (illness) returned to the Phillies' spring-training complex Saturday after missing the last few days of workouts while recovering from the flu, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Neris' brief absence to begin camp shouldn't put him too far behind his fellow relievers this spring, when he'll be looking to secure his spot as the Phillies' closer. The 30-year-old turned in the best season of his career in 2019, posting a 2.93 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 89:24 K:BB across 67.2 innings while converting 28 of 34 save chances. Given that new manager Joe Girardi is believed to favor more defined roles for his relievers than predecessor Gabe Kapler, Neris -- who was often used in high-leverage spots outside of the ninth inning under Kapler's watch -- could be in line for more traditional closing duties in 2020. If that's the case, Neris would seemingly have a great chance at delivering his first 30-plus-save campaign, assuming health prevails.
Neris will be away from the team for a few days to start camp as he recovers from the flu, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Neris is expected to rejoin the team no later than this weekend, so his build-up for the upcoming season won't be significantly impacted. Neris is expected to enter the season as the dedicated closer under new manager Joe Girardi, who has a reputation for preferring much stricter bullpen roles than his predecessor, Gabe Kapler, did.
Neris struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his 28th save of the season in a 4-1 win over Atlanta.
The 30-year-old is putting together a strong finish to the campaign. Neris has converted five straight save chances, and he sports a 1.69 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 14:5 K:BB through 10.2 innings in September to help keep the Phillies' fading playoff hopes alive.
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