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2012 Player Profile: Brett Myers, Houston Astros

2012 Player Profile: Brett Myers, Houston Astros

Yesterday the Houston Astros names now former starter Brett Myers to be their opening day closer.  At first glance I questioned the move, but that glance lasted only a second.  Brandon Lyon is a joke for a closer and there is little depth behind him other than Myers, so the decision seems reasonable.  Also, Myers has the mentality to close along with decent stuff to give it his all for one inning per game.   Myers brings … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers

2012 Player Profile: Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers

This profile can get a bit sensitive and touchy. Joe Nathan is hands down one of the greatest closers of all time in my wacky mind.  When healthy, he can be one of the most dominating closers with a lethal fastball that he locates well and a slider and curveball to compliment it.  The reason that this analysis can get sensitive is, even I’ve lost faith in him.  Nathan came back last year from Tommy John surgery for … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh Pirates

2012 Player Profile: Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh Pirates

Joel Hanrahan had an amazing break out season in 2011.  He became the closer I expected him to be years before when he was closing in Washington.  In 2011, he put up 40 saves on historically one of the worst teams in MLB.  He also put up a career low ERA of 1.83 and his WHIP was also a career low of 1.05.  Was this a lucky year for Hanrahan or is it a change that … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

2012 Player Profile: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer of all time.  Any analysis I do of Rivera will open with that statement.  However, he not the most dominating closer in MLB right now. Last season I projected Rivera to save 30 games and he pumped out 44.  This was due to unexpected success by the Yankees and the failure of the American League East to contain them.  Rivera was 16/20 in saves against his own division, which the Yankees weren’t … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: J.J. Putz, Arizona Diamondbacks

2012 Player Profile: J.J. Putz, Arizona Diamondbacks

Lets not joke about this guy.  J.J. Putz had an amazing comeback year in 2011, notching 45 saves for the well-built and oiled Arizona Diamondbacks team.  He even did that while missing most of July on the DL, which we have become accustomed to with J.J. Putz. Even more amazing, he put up 21 saves between August and September.  Everything about 2011 was amazing for Putz. His 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and a K/9 over … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: Javy Guerra, Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 Player Profile: Javy Guerra, Los Angeles Dodgers

Last year, among all the messes that the Dodgers organization was dealing with, one of them was their closer.  The Dodgers opened the season with Broxton who failed badly.  Then they tried several replacements like Kenley Jansen and others.  When Jansen hit the DL, they brought up Javy Guerra and the rest is history.  While I feel that Kenley Jansen is the future closer for the Dodgers, right now he is unreliable because of … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: Jordan Walden, Los Angeles Angels

2012 Player Profile: Jordan Walden, Los Angeles Angels

Jordan Walden slammed onto the scene last season and made waves as the new closer for the LA Angels.  While his start was strong and secured the job for himself, his overall performance wasn’t as sweet.  Walden finished with 32 saves in his rookie season, but 10 blown saves to shadow his otherwise solid numbers.  He notched 67 Ks in 60 innings and finished with a nice 2.98 ERA.  So what is wrong with … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians

2012 Player Profile: Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians

Chris Perez had a break out 2011.  After three season (two and half technically), Perez has established himself as the closer of the Cleveland Indians. Last season, Perez was 36/40 in save opportunities with a 3.32 ERA.  While on the surface, 2011 looks like a tremendously perfect year for Chris Perez, it was anything but that.  First, his ERA and WHIP jumped from his previous years success. What was also strange was Perez’s inability to record strikeouts.  … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers

2012 Player Profile: Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers

Jose Valverde had an amazing 2011 season.  Not only did he record 49 saves, but he didn’t blow a save all season.  That is the first time I’ve ever seen a perfect record with that many opportunities.  So while I can’t overlook it, I also can’t expect it again.  Jose Valverde is a bit of an unpredictable pitcher.  Only once in his nine years of MLB service has he ever put tow consecutive good … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: Matt Thornton, Chicago White Sox

2012 Player Profile: Matt Thornton, Chicago White Sox

Matt Thronton is a dicey closer right now.  Currently he is the White Sox closer, but it is not a lock.  Thornton entered the 2011 season as the White Sox closer and simply imploded.  Not only did Thornton implode, but so did the rest of the White Sox bullpen until Sergio Santos arrived and calmed everything down. Now it looks as though he will get a second chance under new manager Robin Ventura.  While Thornton … Read entire article »

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