Brian, Circle of Trust, Closers, Relievers

Closer Circle of Trust: May 2013


Trusted

Solid

Danger

Heath Bell Greg Holland Kevin Gregg
Jose Valverde
Edward Mujica
Andrew Bailey Addison Reed Huston Street Grant Balfour
Casey Janssen
Ernesto Frieri Sergio Romo Craig Kimbrel Aroldis Chapman Joe Nathan Tom Wilhelmsen
Jim Henderson Jim Johnson Mariano Rivera Jonathan Papelbon Jason Grilli  
Jose Veras Fernando Rodney Chris Perez Rafael Betancourt
Rafael Soriano Bobby Parnell
Steve Cishek Brandon League Glen Perkins  

Notes: Trusted pitchers are “set it and forget it” guys. Solid pitchers have a reasonable chance at recording 30 saves. Danger pitchers have a reasonable chance at having the door closed behind them, very soon.

Trusted: We don’t like to talk much about these guys, because frankly, successful closers are pretty boring to write about. “Yay! Another save!” But it is worth noting that old timer, Jason Grilli, has earned his blue badge. 

Solid: Much like with the trusted closers, solid closers are still fairly boring. But here we go: Jose Valverde has returned from unemployment and is closing once again for the Tigers (he should’ve been all along) and needless to say, he should be own universally…Edward Mujica has been the closer pick up of the season and is on pace to be trusted…Hard to argue what Kevin Gregg has done since taking over the closer seat in Chicago…Andrew Bailey, an injury-prone pitcher, is back closing for injured Joel Hanrahan…Jim Johnson has scuffled over the past few weeks, dropping him out of our trusted circle…Guys like Grant Balfour, Glen Perkins, and Casey Janssen aren’t your typical closers, but they’ve done well in the role.

Danger: Now we get to the juicy stuff! Greg Holland has probably pitched well enough to be considered solid, but the Royals don’t get many save opportunities, and we just don’t find him to be very trustworthy…Fernando Rodney is trying to make it easy for Joe Maddon to have an eighth consecutive year with a different closer leading the team in saves…It’s only a matter time before Brandon League is getting holds…Heath Bell is back in a familiar place, but just how Trevor Hoffman came out to ACDC’s “Hell’s Bells”, Bell should sprint out to Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.

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