Quick Hit: Continued Appreciation Of The Shreve/Wilson Lefty Tandem

Way back in the middle of June, I wrote a post about the changing of the bullpen hierarchy and heaped a bunch of praise onto Chasen Shreve and Justin Wilson for the work they had done up to that point.  They've been rewarded for those strong performances by having their spots in the Joe Girardi Circle of Trust solidified and continuing to get regular high-leverage work.  Shreve and Wilson are probably the 2 and 2A setup relievers behind Dellin Betances, and Shreve turned in a nice 8th inning yesterday in which he struck out Miguel Sano on a nasty changeup. Since July 1st, Shreve has a 2.65 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 17.0 innings pitched over 17 appearances.  He's been a tad more homer prone and has walked a few more batters in that timespan, but he's still got a 2.05/3.75 ERA/FIP split for the season with a 28.8% BB rate.  In 8.2 innings of high leverage work, batters are hitting .111/.207/.115 against him.

Wilson has been even better since 7/1, with a 2.16 ERA, 1.49 FIP, and 23 strikeouts to just 2 walks in 16.2 IP.  He continues to be effective as a lefty specialist - lefties are hitting .222/.311/.259 against him this year - and also as a 3+ out reliever when called upon.  In 13.0 high leverage innings, opposing batters are hitting .146/.195/.154 against Wilson.

There were people that questioned the trades that brought Wilson and Shreve to the team this offseason, but I'd like to think the performance of these 2 has changed all those people's opinions.  Wilson and Shreve have been consistently excellent in a variety of different middle relief scenarios, they've been almost equally effective against both right and left-handed hitters, and they've been the backbone of the middle relief corps charged with getting the game to Betances and Miller.