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Closers are unusually erratic when they're faced with an unexpected save situation, but are they any less effective?

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at what happens when a closer enters the game in a save situation after his team has handed him a lead with little warning. What we saw was that when a pitcher had only a short time between his team giving him the lead and his first pitch, his velocity and break tended to be a bit more erratic. The effect seemed biggest when the transition from lead to closing situation was near instant, but it quickly fell away and then died out completely around 15 minutes of warning time.

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Edgardo Alfonzo
Surprise: Forced the Mets into giving him a regular job
Outlook: Continued improvement

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