Closers, man. Can’t win without a proven closer. Just like the Giants last year, who rode their established ninth inning stud Sergio Romo all the way to the World Series title. Romo leaned on the experience gained over his 17 career saves to lead the Giants to the title.
Hmm, wait this doesn’t quite add up.
As the song goes, until the arbitration system stops rewarding players for saves with more cash, the act of managing to the save is going nowhere.
Which makes the early spring paranoia over injured closers all the more ridiculous.
Yesterday we passed along the newsy tid bit that Angels would-be closer Ryan Madson got shutdown for 10 days after experiencing soreness in his newly reconstructed right elbow. Hot on the heels of that report came details of Mets closer Frank Francisco‘s elbow trouble, wherein the former Jays and Rangers 9th inning guy claimed to be at “zero percent.”
Whatever will these teams do…other than carry on as if nothing happened?
There is no doubting the value of a closer in as much as they’re a really good pitcher who appears generally unphased by late game pressure. The thing with closers is always that another comparable pitcher is waiting in the wings to take over. If not Madson, then Ernesto Frieri. If not Janssen, Sergio Santos is working his way back from injury. The Mets? I’m sure they’ll find somebody.
Bobby Parnell was instructed to “prepare as if he’s the closer”, which involves what, exactly? Eating nails? Listening to jock jams to find the perfect walkout song? Getting flame tattoos? One can only imagine.
And the rest
Pursue him as it might, this scandal will not follow Gio to the World Baseball Classic, where he will compete for Team USA [Morosi]
And for that, Giancarlo Stanton sends his regards.
Everybody loves this XKCD strip today. Tell me what I’m missing [xkcd]
What the mythical 39 batters faced threshold meant in 2012 and what it means for the poor Rockies [Getting Blanked]
You know the whole “best shape of his life” thing? Jason Heyward wins.