Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/18/14
PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz has made 22 consecutive scoreless appearances, one of the best runs in franchise history, and manager Kirk Gibson sees more of the same in future. The D-backs hold a 6.5 million option on Putz for 2013, and Gibson believes Putz can be a valuable component again next season. It is not that Gibson is lobbying, but ... "I think he can" pitch the same way next year. "I think he can," Gibson said. After a slow start, Putz has been one of the most effective relievers in the majors since May 26. He has converted 17 straight save opportunities, the fourth-longest active streak in the majors behind Cincinnatis Aroldis Chapman (23), Texas Joe Nathan (23) and San Diegos Huston Street (21). Putz gave up four home runs in his first 11 games and failed on three of his first 12 save chances, but all that changed when he stopped throwing a cut fastball he had added in spring training. The cutter affected Putzs mechanics, Gibson said, and led to reduced v...
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