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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



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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