Jonathan Papelbon's issues go beyond declining velocity

When writing about Jonathan Papelbon in the year 2014, there’s a few things that we can stipulate as fact, if only because you all already know about them and there’s not really much point in spending time rehashing them. We know that his velocity has been dropping steadily for years. We know that the four-year, […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon rebounds, says he has much to prove

Jonathan Papelbon was in a much better mood than the last time we saw him as he pulled on his cowboy boots late Saturday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. It was good to get back in the saddle. It was good to rebound from Wednesday night’s Texas-sized disaster with a save. “Yeah, for sure,” Papelbon said after the Phillies’ 2-0 win over the Cubs. ...
Via Pro Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blame Amaro, not Papelbon for his declining performance

While it is easy to pile on the Phillies closer for his heinous blown save yesterday, let’s leave Jonathan Papelbon alone for a second and put the blame where it lies...with the general manager...
Via PhilsBaseball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon Starts Off 2014 Season With Phillies On Wrong Foot

It could be a long season for Jonathan Papelbon and the Philadelphia Phillies. Papelbon surrendered three runs on four hits and two walks Wednesday while blowing his first save of 2014. Papelbon seemingly fell out of favor in Philadelphia last season, and the veteran closer didn’t do anything to help his cause Wednesday, as some in-game mannerisms and postgame comments only added...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Decline of Jonathan Papelbon

PHOTO: AP / Jim Cowsert Last night, Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save opportunity of the season, surrendering three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Texas. This has been somewhat of a theme for Papelbon recently. As Todd Zolecki noted last night, Paps hasn’t been good over his last 39 appearances–4.46 ERA, and eight blown saves. Another thing to note, is, over that...
Via Phillies Nation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon Blows Solid Kendrick Outing, Phils Lose 4-3

Implosion is the only word to describe Jonathan Papelbon‘s outing tonight. With the Phillies up 3-1 in the ninth inning, Papelbon surrendered three earned on four hits and two walks, including a walk-off walk issued to Shin-Soo Choo as he blew the lead, and the game, for the Phillies. The man affected most? Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick stared down the barrel of the loaded gun that is...
Via Phillies Nation
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon pitches scoreless inning wearing Carlos Ruiz's jersey (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's spring training game against Toronto - while wearing the jersey of catcher Carlos Ruiz.At this time, the reason for Papelbon wearing Ruiz's jersey is still unknown. We could speculate that the Phillies were short on jerseys, or that...
Via Holdout Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon Positive, Healthy Headed Into 2014

There was a lot of buzz this afternoon and early evening surrounding a somewhat odd press conference held today by Jonathan Papelbon. Chris Branch of the News Journal has all of the full quotes here, where, among other things Papelbon said he was feeling positive and healthy. Here is the Cliff’s Notes version thanks entirely to Branch: Papelbon will try to be more positive: ...
Via Phillies Nation
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: the Jonathan Papelbon problem

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon after the 2011 season, making him the highest paid reliever in history.  However, Papelbon has not lived up to his contract in more ways than one. Papelbon has some of his worst numbers in 2013 In his first year with the team, Papelbon was named an all-star and finished the season with 38 saves and a 2.44 ERA.  He also had four...
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon’s atrociously ugly sweater, cheesy smile highlight fantastic holiday photo (pic)

Big league closers, to a man, are notoriously rather strange fellows, prone to eccentricity and oddball behavior. Perhaps the high-pressure role of closers attracts these kind of personalities, perhaps the pressure creates the personality. Whichever way it is, current Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon definitely is an interesting character. With that in mind, this holiday...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

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