Found February 28, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
Usually it's a contending team, lacking other options, that considers transforming a starter to a closer. Other times, a team will overspend on the free-agent market for a reliable closer, hoping he's the difference between staying home and making the playoffs. The idea is that, in a division race, every lead is precious. Stability at the back of the bullpen is huge for a team on the cusp. Bad teams worry about their closer lastly. Except, that is, for the Houston Astros, who this week announced that veteran starter Brett Myers is now the club's closer. Citing an abundance of starters and a lack of reliable relievers on the roster, the Astros decided they need Myers to move to the bullpen. Why is a team that could very well lose 100 games or more worried about a closer? More important, why are the Astros taking a guy who has chewed up well over 200 innings in each of the past two seasons and hiding him in the bullpen? How many significant leads do the Astros expect to...

Astros name Myers closer

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Astros manager Brad Mills announced on Tuesday he has named Brett Myers as the the team's closer. Mills says the plan to move Myers to that role has been a topic of discussion since before spring training. Mills said general manager Jeff Luhnow initially brought up Myers closing and it took him some time to think about the move but believes it will be good...

Astros move Brett Myers to closer role

Brett Myers, Houston's starting pitcher on opening day last season, will be the Astros closer this year. Manager Brad Mills announced the move Tuesday. The 31-year-old right-hander started 34 games last season, including the season-opener at Philadelphia, and went 7-14 with a 4.46 ERA. Mark Melancon, who replaced the injured Brandon Lyon as the Astros' closer last year...

Myers to Close in Houston But Why

Brett Myers is headed back to the closer’s role in Houston. He should be a decent closer. But why, from a team standpoint, would the building Astros shift a capable 200-inning resource into a 70-inning role? He should excel in the role. The last time he closed, in 2007, he had a double-digit strikeout rate, an xFIP close to three and was worth 1.3 wins — just a hiccup short of...

Houston Astros Move Brett Myers to Closer

The Houston Astros eliminated one question mark on their roster by moving starting pitcher Brett Myers to the closer role for the 2012 season. It is not a new role for Myers, but one that he has not filled since 2007 when he saved 21 games for the Philadelphia Phillies, which are the only 21 saves of his career. The decision pushes Brandon Lyon to a setup role and removes the sleeper...

How will closing impact Brett Myers’ fastball?

How Brett Myers will do as a closer and how valuable he is to the Astros in that role is not the question for this space. Just the fastballs.Let's take a look at some quick-and-dirty numbers (four- and two-seam fastballs all together; age determined by season year minus birth year—neither precise nor seasonal). If you go by the fastballs Myers threw as a closer in 2007, it...

Astros move Myers from rotation to closer role

The Astros are moving Brett Myers to the bullpen and penciling him in as the team's closer, manager Brad Mills said Tuesday.

Astros move Myers to closer

Houston Astros manager Brad Mills told reporters Tuesday that Brett Myers will be making the switch from starting pitcher to closer.

Astros Announce Closer

Maybe we should add QR Codes to our articles.  Then, when information changes and what we’ve already written is no longer accurate, fans could scan the QR Code and get the latest information! REDNECK: Brett Myers, Astros closer On Tuesday, the Houston Astros announced that their closer will not be $5.5 million man Brandon Lyon, but veteran starter Brett Myers.  Myers is no stranger...

The Roster Report – February 29, 2012

Hey there, hardball fans. Welcome to another edition of the Roster Report. With most of the off-season roster movement finished, it’s time to take a long look at a few recent decisions (and an injury) that will affect roster composition for a few squads. If you’re the fan of the Athletics, the Astros, or the Yankees, you may want to keep reading. The Houston Astros name SP/RP...
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