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Ranking NL Central’s Closers

By bullpenbrian - February 1, 2012 - 2:01 am Leave a comment.

Here’s how I see it…

  Team Name Saves BS K ERA
1. Mil Axford 46 2 127 2.10
2. Pit Hanrahan 40 4 61 1.83
3. Cin Madson 32 2 62 2.37
4. Cubs Marmol 34 10 99 4.01
5. St. Lou Motte 9 4 63 2.25
6. Hou Lyon 4 4 6 2.40

 

1.) MILWAUKEE

John Axford blew his first save opportunity last season on Opening Day in Cincinnati. Turns out, the hard-throwing righty would only blow one more game all season.

Better still, the Brewers traded for Francisco Rodriguez in mid July. K-Rod never posted a save with Milwaukee (he had 23 for the Mets prior to the trade), but shined setting up Axford with a 1.86 ERA in 31 appearances helping the Beer Makers to the NL Central crown.

Despite Frankie’s public outcry to return to a full-time closer’s role, which assumingly won’t happen in Milwaukee, he and the Brewers surprisingly came to terms on a 1-yr, $8M deal–thus helping solidify Axford’s top ranking as the division’s best closer.

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Kinsler Saves Series, Ogando

By bullpenbrian - October 21, 2011 - 2:01 am Leave a comment.

Ian Kinsler(notes) #5 of the Texas Rangers steals second base ahead of the tag by Rafael Furcal(notes) #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri

“It wasn’t a Series-saving rally, but it was huge.” -Ian Kinsler

Sorry Charlie, but I couldn’t disagree more!

Of the 50 World Series that began 2-0, the team having won the first two games has gone on to win the series 40 times. That’s good for 80-percent.

So it’s hard to believe Texas would’ve rebounded from those long odds, even with the series shifting to Arlington for Game 3.

Thankfully, for those of us rooting for the Rangers, it’s still a winnable series due to a dramatic, and historic, ninth inning comeback–thanks in large part to Kinsler’s leadoff single and clutch stolen base to ignite the top of the ninth inning.

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