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Thursday, April 03, 2014

SI: Big Money Relievers Have Early Season Hiccups

Jay Jaffe dissects early season meltdowns.

Unless it’s your team immolating, everybody loves a good ninth-inning bullpen fire, if only because the flipside is generally a come-from-behind victory in the late innings. This young season has already seen a whole lot of them. On Wednesday alone, six pitchers blew saves in the ninth inning, something that hasn’t happened since 2001. With the season only a few days old, it’s far too early to draw firm conclusions, but such conflagrations nonetheless present a great opportunity to roast marshmallows and wonder about the longer-term fates of various arson-minded closers.

Chris Fluit Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brian wilson, closers, jim johnson, joe nathan, jonathan papelbon

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   1. Rough Carrigan Posted: April 03, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4678938)
Last night, Papelbon looked so obviously different than he did in his best years with the Red Sox that it's impossible to believe that he and the Phillies coaches don't know he was pitching differently. Half the time when I see some ex pitcher on tv saying that a guy is doing this or that I can't really see it. I saw Papelbon throw one pitch and blurted out WTF? There has to be a not officially acknowledged minor or chronic injury going on here or the Phillies coaching staff doesn't deserve to run a little league team. His arm was about a half hour of hour hand position closer to 3 o'clock than it used to be.

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