Claudio threw a clean ninth inning in Milwaukee's 7-1 victory over Cleveland on Friday.
The Brewers were well ahead on the scoreboard heading into the final frames Friday, so the team's regular late-game relievers got the night off and Claudio got the chance to seal the deal. Claudio has finished six games this season and even has a save, but he generally works in middle relief.
Claudio allowed one run (none earned) but did not allow a hit or a walk while striking out one to earn the save Saturday against the Cubs.
Claudio got the save chance as Josh Hader was likely unavailable after tossing 1.1 innings and throwing 35 pitches Friday night. Claudio came in to pitch in the 10th inning and did not allow any baserunners, but the runner starting on second base scored to cut the lead to one. It was Claudio's first save of the season, and he isn't likely to see many more with Hader accounting for the vast majority of save chances for the Brewers.
Claudio recorded two outs out of the bullpen and allowed one earned run in Monday's extra-inning victory over the Pirates.
Claudio was not sharp Monday and allowed a one-run deficit to turn into a four-run margin, but he did limit the damage enough to allow the Brewers to come back and win Monday's contest. Claudio led all relievers in appearances last season with 83, and he is being used similarly thus far, being summoned from the bullpen in two of the Brewers' first four games.
Claudio has tossed a scoreless inning in three spring games and has allowed two hits while posting a 3:0 K:BB.
Claudio signed a major-league contract with the Brewers over the offseason, which all but assured him a spot in the team's bullpen barring an injury or a rough spring. He is healthy and has been effective up to this point, so he is on track to open the year in the same middle-relief role he occupied in 2019, when he appeared in a league-leading 83 games out of the Brewers' bullpen.
Claudio signed a one-year contract with the Brewers on Monday.
Claudio appeared in a career-high 83 games in his first season with the Brewers last season, recording a 4.06 ERA with a 44:24 K:BB. The southpaw should continue to see heavy usage out of the Brewers' bullpen in 2020, although his value could take a slight hit as a result of the reported new rule that requires pitchers to face a minimum of three batters or finish the inning.
Claudio was non-tendered by the Brewers on Monday.
Claudio was a workhorse for Milwaukee in 2019, appearing in 83 games out of the bullpen. He posted a 4.06 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with a 44:24 K:BB across 62 innings.
Claudio made his league-leading 76th appearance of the season in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins and recorded his 22nd hold.
Claudio has been a workhorse all season for the Brewers, and that has not been any different of late, as he has already appeared in five games in September. Claudio struggled a bit early in the year and owned a 6.33 ERA after a May 28 appearance, but he has been stellar over the three-plus months since, posting a 2.19 ERA and 1.24 WHIP while giving up only two home runs in 37 innings over 47 appearances.
Claudio recorded the first out of the ninth inning and picked up his 18th hold of the season in Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Twins.
With Josh Hader struggling to keep the ball in the park of late, manager Craig Counsell got creative in a save situation Wednesday, turning to Claudio to retire the first batter of the inning -- which he did -- before turning to Matt Albers to seal the deal. Claudio does not figure to see many ninth-inning opportunities the rest of the way, but he should continue seeing work in key spots, given that he has allowed zero earned runs in 23 of 26 appearances dating back to June 18.
Claudio threw a scoreless sixth inning in Sunday's victory over the Diamondbacks.
Claudio allowed three runners to reach base during his frame, but he was able to prevent any of them from crossing home plate and maintained a 4-4 tie. Claudio has been a workhorse in his first season with the Brewers and, despite it being a week since his previous outing, currently leads all pitchers with 53 appearances. He has been on a good run the last couple months, posting a 1.40 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 19.1 innings over his last 24 appearances dating back to May 31.
Claudio recorded his second win of the season in Monday's victory over the Reds.
Claudio retired all three batters he faced Monday, and he picked up the win when the Brewers scored five times their next time up and did not relinquish the lead. Claudio struggled a bit in the back half of May, allowing seven earned runs over a four-outing stretch, but he has turned things around, giving up just two earned runs in 14 innings (1.29 ERA) over 16 appearances dating back to May 31.
Claudio tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.
Claudio made his league-leading 39th appearance Tuesday and posted a zero in the run column for the eighth time in 10 outings. He has lowered his ERA from 6.33 to 4.99 in the process, but he has been a bit lucky over that span, as his WHIP on the season has actually risen from 1.36 to 1.40.
Claudio allowed two earned runs while recording just one out in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.
Claudio owned a 3.72 ERA as recently as May 17, but he has allowed at least one earned run in four straight outings -- seven total earned runs over two innings -- and now sits with a 6.33 mark in the ERA department. Claudio is getting the job done against left-handed hitters, who have posted just a .552 OPS against him, but he has taken some lumps against righties, who have posted a 1.089 OPS against him to date. While Claudio is going through a rough stretch, he leads the league with 29 appearances, and manager Craig Counsell will continue to use him frequently, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Claudio tossed two scoreless innings and recorded his seventh hold of the season in Monday's victory over the Rockies.
Claudio made his league-leading 17th appearance Monday and allowed zero earned runs for the 13th time, lowering his ERA to 4.11 and WHIP to 1.11 in the process. His lack of strikeouts (11 in 15.1 innings) and saves (none in 2019) limits his fantasy value, but his durability and success to date should allow him to remain busy out of the Brewers' bullpen.
Claudio tossed a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's 8-4 victory over the Brewers.
Manager Craig Counsell summoned Claudio for the final inning of Tuesday's contest in a non-save situation, and he was able to lock up another victory for the Brewers. Claudio owns a 5.40 ERA on the season, but most of the damage came when he allowed three earned runs while picking up just one out Monday. He bounced back quickly, though, and has allowed just two earned runs over 8.0 innings in his 10 other appearances.
Claudio tossed 1.1 innings and allowed an earned run in Monday's victory over the Reds.
Claudio pitched for the third time this season Monday and allowed a run to score for the first time. He has entered games in all of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings thus far, which indicates he is not in the mix for saves for the Brewers at the moment.
Claudio tossed a scoreless inning of relief and struck out two batters in Saturday's split-squad game against the Royals.
Claudio has allowed three earned runs over six innings (4.50 ERA) this spring, but he has allowed just six hits and has posted a 7:1 K:BB ratio. Claudio was acquired during the offseason to give the Brewers' a second quality lefty alongside Josh Hader and figured to be used mainly in specific situations. However, he could find himself pitching in a more prominent role out of the gate, as the Brewers will be looking for late-inning options with Corey Knebel (elbow) and Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) injured, and Claudio picked up 11 saves for the Rangers just two seasons ago and 14 holds for the club last year.
Claudio tossed a perfect inning of relief in Sunday's spring game against the Cubs.
Claudio has thrown the ball well with his new club this spring, keeping the opposition off the scoreboard four times in five appearances and allowing just two hits and one earned run while posting a 4:1 K:BB. Claudio will be the Brewers' No. 2 left-hander out of the bullpen behind Josh Hader, and figures to be used mainly in the middle-to-late innings as the matchups dictate.
Claudio and the Brewers reached agreement on a one-year, $1.275 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Claudio posted a career-worst 4.48 ERA in 68.1 innings with the Rangers last season, his first year with an ERA north of 3.00. Acquired by the Brewers in exchange for a draft pick in December, he'll likely fill a lefty specialist or middle relief role.
The Rangers traded Claudio to the Brewers in exchange for a 2019 Competitive Balance Round A draft pick, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Claudio will provide Milwaukee with another southpaw out of the bullpen after the team declined to tender contracts to left-handers Dan Jennings and Xavier Cedeno for the upcoming season. Though Claudio took a noticeable step back this past year (4.48 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 5.4 K/9), his previous two seasons in the Rangers' bullpen gave the Brewers enough belief that he'll be able to bounce back in 2019. In addition, Claudio is under team control for the next three seasons and still has minor-league options remaining should Milwaukee elect to send him down to Triple-A Colorado Springs at any point in the year.
Claudio will open Saturday against the Padres and will be followed by primary pitcher Ariel Jurado, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
This will be the third time the Rangers go with an opener and the second time Jurado has been paired with one. The Rangers used an opener Friday, and the plan worked perfectly when Connor Sadzeck opened with a scoreless inning in a 4-0 win. Claudio has some length to him, so he could throw more than just one inning as the Rangers continue to experiment with the concept for the rest of the season.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/25||@ STL||W 3-0||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/23||@ CIN||L 1-6||0||0||0||0.2||1||2||1||0|
|09/21||@ CIN||L 3-6||0||0||0||1.1||0||0||0||1|
|09/18||vs KC||W 9-5||0||0||0||0.2||2||0||0||1|
|09/14||vs STL||L 2-3||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||1||1|
|09/12||vs CHC||L 2-4||0||0||0||0.2||1||0||0||1|
|09/06||@ CLE||L 1-4||0||0||0||0.1||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||49.1||17||2||0||4||0||4||56||9||38||1.10||0.957|
|2014||AAA-Round Rock Express||5.1||2||1||0||0||1||0||6||2||6||3.53||1.569|
|2015||AAA-Round Rock Express||40.0||29||0||0||3||1||0||35||7||43||2.92||1.250|
|2016||AAA-Round Rock Express||16.1||6||0||0||0||0||1||8||4||7||0.56||0.683|