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June 30, 2014

Closer to Me

Week 14: Closer Swap

by Mauricio Rubio


Two Closer Candidates Change Leagues
Ernesto Frieri and Jason Grilli switched teams, as the LA Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates swapped relievers whose seasons had been subpar. We know the story with both of these guys at this point: Frieri has severe issues with the long ball when he’s missing with his fastball, and Grilli has been inconsistent with his command, as he’s been the unfortunate combination of walk-happy and hittable. In terms of proximity to saves, Grilli is the better bet, as there aren’t many good options in Anaheim, and Frieri will have Mark Melancon in front of him. I might be out on both at this point.

The White Sox Mess
Ahhh, White Sox bullpen. I’ve forgotten your scent. The Ronald Belisario show has come to its final and unfortunate end, as the big-faced righty gave up two runs (one earned) and recorded one out against the Blue Jays en route to recording that all-important hold. There was a time where Belisario’s ERA was under 4.00, but a chart of his game-by-game ERA would look like a deep V, as his ERA and peripherals have boomeranged from respectable to just bad. This is the part where I give you a few names to consider at the back end of this bullpen but, well, there aren’t any names I feel good about here.

Zach Putnam has a good splitter and a WHIP of 1.08. He’s the next logical choice, but I’m starting to think the White Sox closer job is just straight-up cursed.

Sergio Romo Sad Face
He’s been called the Greg Maddux of closers in the past, and his “I Just Look Illegal” shirt has endeared him to me eternally but, well, Romo is out as the Giants closer. I think he eventually gets the job back, as his peripheral numbers were okay. He has a 20.5 percent strikeout rate and a 5.5 percent walk rate, coupled with a 1.02 WHIP. The home runs are a concern, as are his meltdown appearances. It’s possible that Romo has lost something midseason, which would render his past performance useless here, but I don’t think so. If you’re hurting for saves, go after Santiago Casilla for a week, but I fully expect Romo to rebound and reclaim the job.

Notes

Jake McGee in Tampa has a 32.1 percent strikeout rate and a WHIP of 0.79. Grant Balfour is doing better, but that’s a low bar. I think McGee has this one wrapped up.

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