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Monday, May 07, 2012
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Valverde blew his second save of this season Saturday, when he surrendered a colossal Adam Dunn home run that physicists say will land in Canada sometime this week. He displayed curious pitch selection during the outing: eight consecutive fastballs, followed by six consecutive splitters.
“He’ll be fine,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland insisted Sunday, after Valverde allowed the tying run to reach base before closing out a 3-1 win over the White Sox. “It’s a combination: He’s struggling a little bit, and expectations are so high on him because we’re spoiled after last year. We knew going into the season he wasn’t going to be 49-for-49.
“(Closers) are so important. That’s why they get paid a lot. People don’t realize what a value it is when you’ve got a guy who can get outs 25, 26 and 27. A lot of good pitchers — in both leagues — can’t get 25, 26 and 27. They might get you up to the point and make it look easy. But there are a lot of good pitchers who can’t get those last three.”
Posted: May 07, 2012 at 06:26 AM | 29 comment(s)
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