Blown saves suck, but thankfully for some, not all, that stat doesn’t count. I mean it does affect you in some regard but 1 inning of bad numbers is far better than a SP taking a steaming dump on your ERA over a 5-inning debacle. The past weeks of Mo and Jim Johnson have given us zero to look forward to from either guy, but Johnson has been doing this all year long. That’s why I am here to say that K-Rod is going to be getting more looks going forward (or so I think). Johnson leads the league in saves but also leads the league in Blown Saves. He offers little to no K value and his team is in a pennant chase. Now play manager for a second, go get your little outfit, whistle if you think it’s necessary, and let’s go manage. You want a guy who is getting it done, and is best for your team. Not whether I have to start getting ritualistic mani/pedi combo because you start chewing on your digits… all 21 of them. It won’t be a foreva-eva type thing in Charm City but I bet my Omar whistling down the street ringback that it’s going to happen. Enjoy the week to come and good luck as the playoffs for you H2H peeps creeps closer.
You know that restaurant your girlfriend/wife/what-have-you likes to go to that charges, like, $12 for a salad? Every time you go there, you have a thoroughly solid meal. No complaints, except you just paid $12 for a salad when you could’ve went to McDonald’s and stuffed you and your woman for ten schmools and had $2 in quarters left over to make the hotel bed vibrate. These closers are $12 salads.
Imagine you’re following a donkey, who’s wearing a wool cap, through a desert for 1700 miles. Why are you following a donkey? Because he promises you something wonderful and you just need to trust him. Does the donkey talk? Yes. Yes, he does talk. So when you and the donkey in the wool cap arrive at his destination, he removes the wool cap to reveal a horn. The donkey is a unicorn and his gift to you for your trust is saves. These closers are Donkeycorns.
I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples, bananas and Carlos Marmol– Wait, he just gave up 12 earned runs and hit Castro in the head with a pick-off throw. Brain freeze! Make it stop! Use the following closers at your own risk.
24. Brad Ziegler – (+1) (Heath Bell, J.J. Putz, Joe Thatcher)
28. LaTroy Hawkins – (-10) (David Aardsma, Scott Rice)