RP - Philadelphia Phillies
Height: 6' 2"
Date of Birth: June 14, 1989 (31 years old)
Phillies' Hector Neris: Locks up save No. 2
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.
Phillies' Hector Neris: Records first save of season
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 is yet to allow a run while fanning five. This was the first time he walked two and did it in a stressful situation, as the Braves 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.
Phillies' Hector Neris: Confirmed as closer
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.
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