FantasySP / MLB / Brad Boxberger FantasySP / MLB / Brad Boxberger Copyright 2018 5298305 <![CDATA[NL West Notes: Boxberger, D-backs, Padres, Giants]]> Brad Boxberger from the closer’s role but also to do away with set bullpen roles entirely for the remainder of the season, manager Torey Lovullo explained to reporters this week (link via Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic). Rather than deploy a set closer (Boxberger) and setup…]]> 5298305 Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:14:01 EDT MLBTradeRumors <![CDATA[Boxberger takes closer shakeup in stride]]> Brad Boxberger was not caught off guard by manager Torey Lovullo's decision to remove him from the closer's role on Monday.]]> 5297250 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 20:49:01 EDT Official Arizona Diamondbacks <![CDATA[Bullpen Report: September 11, 2018]]> Brad Boxberger’s recent struggles, the Diamondbacks are going to the most hated word in fantasy baseball – a committee, with Boxberger out. While it’s possible that Boxberger can string together a solid run and get back into the mix, we are going to take him off of the grid for now. In […]]]> 5296773 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:00:02 EDT <![CDATA[Brad Boxberger out as D-Backs’ closer]]> Brad Boxberger from the closer's role after he gave up runs in three of his four appearances to start the month of September.]]> 5296358 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 21:56:01 EDT <![CDATA[Brad Boxberger replaced as Arizona closer by committee approach]]> Brad Boxberger is out as the Diamondbacks closer and Torey Lovullo is planning to play matchups. We like Jake Diekman, Brad Ziegler, and Yoshihisa Hirano in that order to get the first shot, but it’s anyone’s guess at this point, and it may be that no one really “wins” the job for the next few weeks.

Updated hierarchy: *Diekman | Ziegler | Hirano.* = closer-by-committe]]> 5296254 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:00:02 EDT Closer Monkey
<![CDATA[Boxberger removed as D-backs' closer]]> Brad Boxberger from the closer's role and will instead play matchups in the late innings.]]> 5296243 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:49:01 EDT <![CDATA[Set to share closing duties moving forward]]> Manager Torey Lovullo said Boxberger will share the ninth inning based on matchups moving forward, Steve Gilbert of reports.

Boxberger has allowed at least one in three of his previous four appearances, taking the loss in all three while raising his ERA from 3.45 to 4.40 in the process. His recent struggles have prompted Lovullo to turn to a committee in the ninth inning for now, with Yoshihisa Hirano and Archie Bradley as the top candidates to share closing duties with Boxberger.

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<![CDATA[Bullpen Report: September 10, 2018]]> Bud Norris has been ousted from the closer's role. Is Brad Boxberger next?]]> 5295781 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:00:02 EDT <![CDATA[Braves rally past D-backs with 3 HRs in ninth]]> Ender Inciarte added to closer Brad Boxberger's recent struggles with a go-ahead, three-run shot that was the first of the three ninth-inning home runs the Braves hit during Sunday afternoon's 9-4 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.]]> 5295295 Sun, 09 Sep 2018 20:49:01 EDT <![CDATA[Brad Boxberger imploded in the ninth inning on Sunday, allowing]]> Brad Boxberger imploded in the ninth inning on Sunday, allowing three runs on three hits without recording an out. Boxberger was tasked with protecting a 4-3 lead in this one, but surrendered back-to-back singles to Tyler Flowers and Ozzie Albies to begin the inning before Ender Inciarte clubbed a go-ahead three-run homer off of him. [...]]]> 5295203 Sun, 09 Sep 2018 20:07:15 EDT <![CDATA[Brad Boxberger retired both batters he faced to earn a save]]> Brad Boxberger retired both batters he faced to earn a save Friday against the Braves. Boxberger's hold on the closer's role in Arizona has slipped some; manager Torey Lovullo doesn't seem to desire a full-time change, but he definitely doesn't have as much faith in Boxberger as he did a couple of months ago. [...]]]> 5293243 Sat, 08 Sep 2018 2:14:14 EDT <![CDATA[Torey Lovullo&rsquo;s faith in Arizona Diamondbacks closer Brad Boxberger looks to be waning]]> Brad Boxberger’s hold on the role seems tenuous.        ]]> 5292515 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 12:07:02 EDT Arizona Republic <![CDATA[Bullpen Report: September 7, 2018]]> Brad Boxberger's struggles are not the only notable development in the Diamondbacks' bullpen.]]> 5292508 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 12:00:01 EDT <![CDATA[Gets vote of confidence from skipper]]> Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reiterated after Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Braves in 10 innings that Boxberger would remain the team's closer despite turning in another shaky outing, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. "He is still our closer. He's going to get save opportunities," Lovullo said of Boxberger. "He's going to be the main guy that I'm looking at to get that [saves] column filled up, all right?"

Though Lovullo pledged his commitment to Boxberger, the skipper's usage of the 30-year-old Thursday seemingly didn't support his statement. With game tied at 6-6, Boxberger was summoned from the bullpen to begin the 10th inning and retired the first two batters, then allowed a base hit, infield single and walk to load the bases. Rather than allowing his closer to work out of the jam, Lovullo pulled Boxberger from the contest and turned to Yoshihisa Hirano, whose wild pitch allowed the Braves to take the lead. Though Boxberger has taken the loss in both of his past two appearances, it's worth noting that he's exited both times with the score unchanged from when he entered the game, as the reliever pitching after him has given up the go-ahead run. Lovullo's reluctance to let Boxberger clean up his messes suggests a lack of faith in the closer, who hasn't performed well enough in the second half to enjoy a long leash. Over his 15 appearances since the All-Star break, Boxberger has converted seven of nine save chances and has turned in a 6.39 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 6.4 BB/9. Hirano and Archie Bradley would be the most likely candidates to pick up saves in the event Lovullo eventually opts to make a change at the back of the bullpen.

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<![CDATA[Brad Boxberger discusses his enigmatic role in 9th inning]]> Brad Boxberger discusses his enigmatic role in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Braves.        ]]> 5292461 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 10:49:01 EDT Arizona Republic