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Several Closers Remain Smoking Hot or Entering the June Swoon!

Several Closers Remain Smoking Hot or Entering the June Swoon!

It’s been a great month of June for several red-hot closers, but with the start of summer could spell trouble for many of those closers.  Let’s start in Texas, where the summer heat effects the ball more so than any other stadium in baseball. Joe Nathan has been on fire over the past five weeks.  He hasn’t surrendered a run since May 13th, and during that run he has notched eight saves and lowered his … Read entire article »

Filed under: In-Season Analysis, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, Jonathan Papelbon, Uncategorized

Top 5 Most Underrated Closers of the 2012 Season… So Far

Top 5 Most Underrated Closers of the 2012 Season… So Far

1. Aroldis Chapman, CIN – Chapman took over the closer role for the Reds on May 20th and hasn’t looked back.  Before the move, we weren’t sure of Dusty Baker planned on making Chapman a starter or closer, but eventually made the right move.  The man with the 105.1 MPH fastball is an near perfect fit as a closer.  SO far this season, Chapman has struck out 56 of the 122 batters he has faced.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addison Reed, Aroldis Chapman, In-Season Analysis, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, Santiago Casilla, SF Giants

Closer Daily Dish: Johnson, League, Marmol, Nathan, Guerra

Closer Daily Dish: Johnson, League, Marmol, Nathan, Guerra

There was plenty of action for closers last night.  Saving are beginning to rack up. Looking at the top ten closers in saves and it’s a list most of us wouldn’t recognize before this year.  Some of these guys are here to stay and others are a few bad outing from long relief.  Here is the daily dish for Wednesday. Last night  in LA,  Craig Kimbrel and Javy Guerra squared off, well sorta.  Kimbrel saved his sixth … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brandon League, Carlos Marmol, Craig Kimbrel, Javy Guerra, Jim Johnson, Joe Nathan

Closer Daily Dish: Nathan, Capps, Cruz, Rodriguez

Closer Daily Dish: Nathan, Capps, Cruz, Rodriguez

Yesterday had some interesting developments that went down in MLB that concerned closers.  Let’s start in Boston where Rangers manager Ron Washington used Alexi Ogando to setup closer Joe Nathan in the 6-3 win over the Red Sox.  Mike Adams was not used in the eighth inning, but was warming up when Nathan was having problems closing out the game in a non-save situation. Nathan was roughed up for a run on one hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brad Lidge, Daily Dish, Henry Rodriguez, Joe Nathan, Matt Capps, Mike Adams

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 »

Filed under: 2012 Player Profiles, Joe Nathan

Off-Season Closer Analysis: Texas Rangers

Off-Season Closer Analysis: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers made a move we expected them to make last season.  Ron Washington decided to move closer Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation and then they signed veteran closer Joe Nathan.  Nathan is 37 as he enters the 2012 season and enters the 12th season of his career.  He came on strong for Minnesota last season after regaining his closer role and finished with 14 saves and a terrible 4.84 ERA.  The Rangers inked him for two … Read entire article »

Filed under: Joe Nathan, Pre-season Analysis, Texas Rangers

Struggling Closers Leading Into The All-Star Break

Struggling Closers Leading Into The All-Star Break

It’s been a trying year for the closer role. While we have watched several great performances from new and old closers like Craig Kimbrel , Joel Hanrahan, Kyle Farnsworth, and Francisco Cordero. There has also been its share of terrible and down right ugly performances by closers. Many of the closers on this list could be in danger of losing their job, especially around the trade deadline. Here are some closers who have already … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brian Fuentes, Frank Francisco, J.J. Putz, Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Capps, Matt Thornton, Neftali Feliz, Ryan Franklin

The Closer Report: Closer Injury Updates 6.15.2011

The Closer Report: Closer Injury Updates 6.15.2011

By Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com Here is the latest 411 on injured closers. David Aardsma, SEA Aardsma has been moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL by the Mariners to make room on the 40-man roster.  This won’t effect his return date, but Aardsma has not begun throwing and no timetable has been set.  I doubt that Aardsma will return to the Mariners this year.  If he does, it will be in more of a reserve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brad Lidge, David Aardsma, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, Weekly Injury Updates

Top Ten Active Major League Baseball Closers

Top Ten Active Major League Baseball Closers

By Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com This list is based on closers how have either closed at some point this season or who are actively closing.  The ranking does take into account career numbers primarily, but also considers where they are at in their career at this point. 1. Mariano Rivera, NYY (Closer 1997-2011) The greatest closer of all time.  Arguably? No.  FACT?  Yes.  Rivera’s flawless mechanics and consistent success has produced stats any closer would dream to have.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brian Wilson, Francisco Cordero, Francisco Rodriguez, Heath Bell, Huston Street, J.J. Putz, Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Jose Valverde, Mariano Rivera, Power Rankings

The Closer Report: Closer Injury Updates 6.1.2011

The Closer Report: Closer Injury Updates 6.1.2011

Here is the latest 411 on injured closers. David Aardsma, SEA Aardsma is still rehabbing is his sprained ligament in his right elbow.  He has not begun a throwing program and isn’t due back till early August. Brad Lidge, PHI Lidge threw a scoreless inning in extended spring training on Saturday and didn’t feel any pain according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He is set to start his rehab assignment later this month and could be back with the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brad Lidge, Brandon Lyon, David Aardsma, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton