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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

Debunking Jonathan Papelbon’s non-save thing

Debunking Jonathan Papelbon’s non-save thing

By Matt Gelb, Philly.com When Dexter Fowler bounced one through the right side, Jonathan Papelbon  could only look skyward. He had allowed another run in a non-save situation and  probably a few watching in the Delaware Valley groaned, “See?” Papelbon’s usage is a topic that has incited debate, but the richest reliever  in baseball history was pitching Wednesday in a tie game at home and that was  expected. He has allowed seven runs in 10 1/3 innings … Read entire article »

Filed under: In-Season Analysis, Jonathan Papelbon

2012 Player Profile: Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies

2012 Player Profile: Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies

  Jonathan Papelbon has spent the last six years doing one thing and doing it well.  Closing games.  For the Red Sox, Papelbon saved 219 games in 247 chances.  Consider it even more remarkable that he did it in the American League East (44 saves against Yankees and Rays).  However, I and many others feel that the closer needed a change of scenery and in 2012 he will open the season closing for the Philadelphia … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2012 Player Profiles, Jonathan Papelbon

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Philadelphia Phillies

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies made one of the biggest off-season acquisitions, signing Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year deal worth $50 million.  That shored up their bullpen, which is facing the losses of Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson.  While Lidge can use a change of scenery, losing Madson will be felt at some point in the season.  Going forward, Papelbon will be the closer for the Phillies with setup man Antonio Bastardo backing him up.  Papelbon was one of the most effective closers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia, Pre-season Analysis