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July 7, 2014

Closer Report

Week 15

by Mauricio Rubio


Tampa Bay Rays
This can be a difficult article to write. Speculating on saves is a tricky thing, one that requires following a lot of beat writers and trying to find trends written into stat lines. The closer job is a serious one, and it’s not like managers pick the closer for completely arbitrary reasons that have little to do with logic and are more holistic in nature. I mean there’s no way someone would pick a closer based on aura, right?

Oh. Well then.

I assume this was done largely tongue in cheek. He’s had a nice run of appearances dating back to June 17, and he’s pitched in the ninth in his last two outings. Jake McGee, however, has a scoreless streak that runs back to June 6 and it covers 11.2 innings. I don’t think a move is imminent, as McGee has pitched very, very well. Balfour owners can hope that Maddon’s outside the box thinking allows for another Balfour opportunity to pitch the ninth consistently, but those are long odds.

San Francisco Giants
Santiago Casilla has moved from “maybe closer” to “named closer” while Sergio Romo works to figure some things out. Jeremy Affeldt will work in the sixth and seventh as a multi-inning guy. Romo flew apart quickly and serves as a good reminder (one of many) of how quickly lock-down closers can lose their stuff. It’s dependent on player profile, of course, but guys with thin margins tend to have those margins evaporate quickly. Romo can still earn the job back, and I’m rooting for him to do so; it’s just going to be a tough uphill climb.

Los Angeles Angels
When the Jason Grilli for Ernesto Frieri trade went down I imagined that Grilli would have the easier path to saves, as Frieri would have to contend with a lode of talented arms in the Pittsburgh pen. That might be the case, but Joe Smith has been magnificent all year and has done little to warrant a demotion. Grilli might not get a shot after all.

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BP staff member Mike Gianella
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Re: Romo, the advice I always give on deposed closers is that if the guy in the ninth is going well, he's going to keep the job, unless the guy who is struggling is one of the rare studs like Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, or the retired Mariano Rivera. Even big contracts don't necessarily mean an automatic return to the role. If Casilla pitches well, I think he keeps it.

Jul 07, 2014 07:19 AM
 
BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
BP staff

Agree here.

Jul 07, 2014 07:20 AM
 
jrbdmb

Two Chicago questions:

Cubs - any reason to think Ramirez will get a shot without some meltdowns from Rondon? Managers seem to avoid messing with something that's currently working.

Sox - long term (meaning the rest of this year) should we expect Matt Lindstrom or Nate Jones to get a serious look once one of them comes off the DL?

Jul 08, 2014 08:41 AM
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BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
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Hey, sorry, missed this.

No to the first, Ricky seems like a traditionalist and it'll take a meltdown for Ramirez to get a shot.

White Sox - Both will get long looks. This bullpen is a dumpster fire.

Jul 09, 2014 20:04 PM
 
paytonlc

Would you give up Matt Adams for J Soria? I'm really in need of quality innings and saves. Does anyone think he will end up in a setup role on a different team? Saves are pretty tough to come by in this league and closers have been dealt for outrageous returns.

Jul 09, 2014 19:53 PM
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BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
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If you can survive the lost offense I pull trigger on this deal.

Jul 09, 2014 20:05 PM
 
eskimoQball

Any concern about Cishek, given how the past couple weeks have gone?

Jul 10, 2014 03:59 AM
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