By Sam Bush
Hector Neris has blown two saves in the past week, including Friday night, but Phila manager Gabe Kapler is standing by his man.
Neris has pitched three times in the past four days, including Thursday and Friday.
“Even if he is the best guy for the situation, we might not use him [on Saturday],” Kapler said. “But it’s not going to be because we think he’s not going to be effective. At any point, if he’s the best guy to get three outs in the ninth inning in our estimation, he’ll have that opportunity to do so.”
Neris has blown three saves in 11 chances this season, and his season ERA hit 5.17 after allowing the three runs to the Mets. The 28-year-old also had some struggles in the early months of the 2017 season before becoming a reliable closer.Neris converted his final 20 save opportunities last year and posted a 2.49 ERA in 42 games after June 21.
“It’s nice to have that history to lean on,” Kapler said. “The one thing we have seen from Hector are the flashes of the split being really nasty and him getting really big outs, big important outs. So that confidence never wavers, in part because we’ve seen it before.”