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The Latest On The Closer Carousel/Circus: 5.12.2012

The Latest On The Closer Carousel/Circus: 5.12.2012

This has been without a doubt the worse year on record for major league closers. The amount of closers lost to injury times the number of closer with terrible starts, divided by the number of closers who have just lost the job is a formula even a Sabermetrics wannabee with a degree from MIT couldn’t compute.  Since spring training has wrapped up, at least 17 closer jobs have changed hands due to any of … Read entire article »

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What Is Wrong With Heath Bell?

What Is Wrong With Heath Bell?

In a season chock full of the unexpected for closers, this is icing on the cake.  Heath Bell has been one of the most reliable and consistent closers over the past three seasons in MLB baseball. After changing teams and venues, it has been a totally different set of results for the ace closer.  In 2012 Heath Bell is 3/7 in save opportunities and in 11 appearances has an ERA over 11.00.  He has been anything … Read entire article »

Filed under: Danger Zone, Heath Bell, Miami Marlins

The Closer Report: Closer’s Rise and Fall, April 30, 2012

The Closer Report: Closer’s Rise and Fall, April 30, 2012

Closers on The RISE Santiago Casilla, SF – After getting pulled in the ninth and losing a save chance, Casilla has bounced back.  He saved three games last week and has his season ERA down to 1.04 and a WHIP of 0.92. Chris Perez, CLE – You have to give it to Chris Perez.  As bad as he has been in some appearances this season and with the fact he was injured in spring training, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addison Reed, Alfredo Aceves, Brandon League, Chris Perez, Closers Rise and Fall, Francisco Cordero, Heath Bell, Hector Santiago, Jason Motte, Javy Guerra, Jim Johnson, John Axford, Jonathan Broxton, Jordan Walden, Kenley Jansen, Matt Capps, Matt Thornton, Santiago Casilla, Sean Marshall, Uncategorized

Closer Daily Dish: Casilla, Bell, Guerra, Johnson

Closer Daily Dish: Casilla, Bell, Guerra, Johnson

  In tonight’s action I got to watch to of the hotter closers in baseball, Javy Guerra and Jim Johnson.  Both have been a welcome surprise to fantasy bullpens, especially with all the injury losses this season.  Javy Guerra was even doubted by many as to whether or not he would even be the closer for the Dodgers with Kenley Jansen wanting a crack at the job.  After five consecutive saves to open the season, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chris Perez, Daily Dish, Heath Bell, Javy Guerra, Jim Johnson, Santiago Casilla

Hammerin’ Heath Bell: Slow Start For Marlins Closer

Hammerin’ Heath Bell: Slow Start For Marlins Closer

Well, it wasn’t the start we all thought we’d see with Heath Bell.  The Marlins closer has had a rough start to the 2012 season.  I four appearances, Bell has two blown saves (none yet recorded), a 12.00 ERA and a chart topping 3.67 WHIP.  Before I get fully into the “oh no!” or “Don’t cry for me Argentina” just yet, let’s cover a bit of history.  For the Padres, Heath Bell saved 132 games over … Read entire article »

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2012 Player Profile: Heath Bell, Miami Marlins

2012 Player Profile: Heath Bell, Miami Marlins

Heath Bell has been one of the more dominating closers over the past three years.  He has a combined 132 saves and a career ERA 3.06, but in the past three years his ERA never went over 2.71.  Bell is a fastball/curveball closer who relies strikeouts to get his saves.  He constantly will challenge hitters because of the safety net he had at PETCO Park.  PETCO is infamously known as a pitcher’s park, so Bell had relative … Read entire article »

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2012 Closer Draft Kit Released!

2012 Closer Draft Kit Released!

Wow, the funny thing about making my closer draft kit is by the time I’m finished compiling the numbers, mixing in the 11 herbs and spices and adding a touch of magic, even I don’t know who will turn up #1 or #30.  This year after all the numbers were crunched, Heath Bell turned up number one, followed by one of The Closer Report’s favorites from last season Craig Kimbrel.  This list will be … Read entire article »

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MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Miami Marlins

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins have changed a lot more than just their name.  The revamped Marlins have added a slew of big name players to debut in their new ballpark this spring.  One of those players is ACE closer Heath Bell.  Bell spent the last three years closing for the Padres and doing it in absolutely dominating fashion. While his WHIP wasn’t the lowest amongst top closers, his 132/144 in save chances and 216 strikeouts over … Read entire article »

Filed under: Heath Bell, Juan Oviedo, Miami Marlins, Pre-season Analysis

Closer Danger Zone

Closer Danger Zone

With the trade deadline just a few days away, lets take a look at some of the current danger zone’s in the world of the ninth inning. Level 3 Danger (You need a space suit to work with these health damaging closers) San Diego Padres: Heath Bell has only a few days left in San Diego and that means Mike Adams will find himself in the ninth inning shortly. Bell is being courted heavily by the Rangers … Read entire article »

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Closer Trade Deadline Rumors: Los Angeles Angels

Closer Trade Deadline Rumors: Los Angeles Angels

By Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com For those of you who think the Angels are out of it or for some reason are selling and not buying this trade deadline, think again.  The Angels are only 2 games out of first place and by adding 2 or three players they can make a run not only for the division, but even the wild card ( 5 games back of New York).  The Angels always need a bat … Read entire article »

Filed under: Heath Bell, Juan Oviedo, LAA Angels