Jonathan Papelbon dropped to a 90% close ratio last night for the Philadelphia Phillies from 93.1%. Will he be able to reach 93% again, which he achieved in 2011?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 5-4 OutcomeTYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastKevin FrandsenFive-Star Performance The Penthouse Ryan Howard
Kevin FrandsenAn Off-The-Wall RBI Single For A 1-0 Lead In The 1st
* Escaped Bases-Loaded, No-Out Jam In The 6th
A Solid 6.2 Innings With 9 K's
2-Steak Double To Tie It At 3 In The 7th
On His 2 For 5 Evening
An RBI, 2-Out Triple For A 4-4 Score In The 8th
During His 3 For 4 Night The Leather WarehouseKevin Frandsen
Jimmy Rollins* A Diving Stop & 1st-Out Throw To Home For The Force In The 6th (Glove)
A Diving Play & Throw From His Knees For An Out In The 9th (Glove)
Swiped 2 Bases In The 9th (Shoe) The Big HouseVisiting RPRobbed The Phils Of A Run At The Plate On A Bunt In The 7th
Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Event
J-Roll Scores A 1st-Inning Run & The Sign Says It All
To be among the elite closers in the sport, the bullpen-rotation stud needs consecutive seasons of excellence. Entering this campaign, the order was: Mariano Rivera, Papelbon and Brian Wilson. Like top-tier aces, these dominate arms haven’t achieved success for only 1 year or 3 months. Those hurlers are among the best for only a 162.
FIRST-TIER CLOSERS:CLOSERTEAMERASAVESOPPS.PCT. Jonathan PapelbonPhillies2.86273090.0% Craig KimbrelBraves1.20313393.9% Craig Kimbrel ('11)Braves2.25556485.9% Aroldis ChapmanReds1.33303488.2% Rafael SorianoYankees1.64313393.9% Joe NathanRangers2.61242596.0% John Axeford Brewers5.19192770.4% John Axeford ('11)Brewers2.19525496.3% Brian Wilson ('11)Giants3.32374288.1% Mariano Rivera ('11)Yankees1.94495589.1% Ryan Madson ('11)Reds2.37323494.1%
J-Roll Turns The DP For Lee’s Escape From The 6th
If you look at the above chart, you’ll notice that John Axeford went from a dominant hammer last summer to losing his job temporarily. If Frankie Rodriquez hadn’t tanked, Axeford would not be on the bump in the 9th. This tour it’s Aroldis Chapman and the talk about his last 25 opportunities–not his first 23 tries. In 4 days he’ll have been a beast for 2 months, which doesn’t elevate him over Mo, Cinco Ocho and the Beard.
NL CLOSERS:TEAMCLOSERTEAMCLOSERTEAMCLOSER PhilliesJonathan PapelbonCardinalsJason MotteGiantsBy Committee BravesCraig Kimbrel BrewersJohn AxfordDiamondbacksJ.J. Putz FishSteve CishekReds*Aroldis ChapmanDodgersKenley Jansen NationalsTyler ClippardBucsJoel HanrahanRoxRafael Betancourt MetsFrank FranciscoCubs Carlos MarmolPadsHuston Street** AstrosWilton Lopez
* Southpaw, ** On DL
Ty Wigginton Is An Easy 7th-Inning Out After The Reliever Robbed The Phils On Magic Juan’s Bunt
Craig Kimbrel would be at the top, if he wasn’t overused in Atlanta. The Braves collapsed because their starters didn’t go deep into the game, which is at least 6.1 frames. This season they added some fresher pitchers, and cut Kimbrel’s workload. Why does that matter? Kimbrel had a 4.76 September ERA with 3 blown saves in 8 chances. Can he avoid another final month without being gassed or hitting a mental wall? Is Joe Nathan going to remain healthy after 2 years removed from greatness, entering 2012? Can Chapman duplicate his success until the end of 2013? The yardstick for a bona fide closer is a 90% save ratio.
AL CLOSERS:TEAMCLOSERTEAMCLOSERTEAMCLOSER Yankees Rafael SorianoTigersJose ValverdeHalos*Scott Downs Red SoxAlfredo AcevesTwins*Glen Perkins HalosErnesto Frieri RaysFernando RodneyWhite SoxAddison ReedRangersJoe Nathan Blue JaysCasey Janssen IndiansChris PerezMarinersTom Wilhelmsen Orioles Jim JohnsonRoyalsGreg Holland A'sRyan Cook
The Vanimal Reaches Back For A Little Extra On August 17 In Milwaukee
He has struggled recently, going 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA in his last 6 appearances. He is 2-4 with a 5.20 home ERA, which is 2.02 lower on the road. Overall, he has lasted 6.2 innings plus in 6 of 21 attempts with 7 monstrosities.
STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Vance Worley6-8, 4.11 ERARedsRHP Bronson Arroyo9-7, 3.96 ERAWednesday, Night 4LHP Cole Hamels14-6, 2.94 ERARedsRHP Johnny Cueto16-6, 2.44 ERAThursday, Night 1RHP Kyle Kendrick6-9, 4.20 ERANationalsRHP Edwin Jackson7-8, 3.69 ERAFriday, Night 2RHP Doc Halladay7-7, 3.95 ERANationalsLHP Gio Gonzalez16-6, 3.23 ERASaturday, Night 3LHP Cliff Lee2-7, 3.78 ERANationalsRHP Stephen Strasburg 15-5, 2.85 ERASunday, Day
Bronson Arroyo Unloads His Pitch At Home On August 17 Against The Cubs
He has toiled 6.1 frames or more in 13 of 24 showings with 5 clunkers. He is 6-5 with a 3.60 away ERA, which is 0.83 lower on the road.
DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters SidearmGood SidearmAbove Average Short Arm Approximately Average SubmarineBelow Average
Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.
Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation
HURLERVance WorleyBronson Arroyo NUMBERA FourA Three CLUB SLOTFourThree FOR 2012SidearmSidearm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTForkball ***Sinker LAST HIGH OR LOW12th of 15 Categories6th of 15 Categories
PITCHINNER - R- HPITCHINNER 1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64 2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53 3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity 4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster 5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected 6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+ 7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured 8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted 9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count ** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also
CLIFF'S LINE: 6.2 INN, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K & 117 DARTS
ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total23 - 203.506.246 of 64228444.1414182173842414 Halladay07 - 073.967.012 of 18004118.1109052052190095 Lee02 - 073.786.216 of 22002154.2162068065250151 Hamels14 - 062.946.218 of 24222171.1149062056402168
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