Found June 26, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
The Monday Takeaway For the four weeks spanning May 28 through June 22, it seemed that Marlins closer Heath Bell had shed his early-season malaise. During that time, Bell made 10 consecutive scoreless appearances, struck out 16 batters in 9 1/3 innings, and trimmed his ERA from 8.00 to 5.47. His three-year, $27 million contract he signed in early December wasn't looking quite as bad for the Fish. After last night’s extra-inning loss to the Cardinals, though, it’s back to square one—not just for Bell, but also for the organization as a whole. The first-year closer entered with the Marlins leading 6-2 in the top of the ninth, and though the Redbirds had plated a run in each of the previous two frames, the game still seemed safely in hand. In fact, Ozzie Guillen may simply have wanted to get the 34-year-old Bell some work, considering that he had pitched only once in the previous eight days. Bell immediately looked rusty, issuing a leadoff walk to Rafael Furcal, and it was...
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