Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Tuesday is here which means it is now time to once again check back in on the world of the ninth inning closer.  While nothing major took place in the last week, there are still some newsworthy items to get to.

-For most of the season, New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell had been a revelation in the ninth inning.  Finally unleashing his 100-mph fastball with some control, Parnell put up a 1.59 ERA April and 2.08 ERA May as he seemed to be growing up in front of the team's eyes.  June however brought a whole new set of worries for Parnell and his fantasy baseball owners as he has given up four earned runs in only 2.1 innings while blowing a save and taking a loss in another game.  Clearly Parnell is in a rut which has led to some wondering if a change could be brewing in Metsville.  Well the short answer to that is the Mets are not even thinking along those lines yet, nor should they given how great Parnell has been up to this point.  Three poor outing after two months of good ones is not enough to even consider having Parnell take a step back and it is not like the Mets are fighting for a playoff spot which gives him more leeway.  Sure Parnell won't be allowed to struggle forever but for now he is should be safe for awhile.

-Milwaukee Brewers closer Jim Henderson was activated off the DL this past weekend and fired a scoreless inning in his first appearance.  There was crazy talk in some corners that maybe Francsico Rodriguez could hold the job for now since he did well in Henderson's place but that is foolhardy.  Henderson has been a strikeout machine and had little to no hiccups along the way once he wrested the closer role from John Axford.  No worries there.

-San Diego Padres closer Huston Street is set to being a rehab assingment from his injured calf that landed him on the DL a week and half ago.  This is great news since it seemed when Street first landed on the DL that he could be out longer than the minimum 15 days.  Also with Luke Gregerson struggling in the closer role, Street's owners surely are looking forward to his return.

-Finally what a crazy story out of Cleveland with closer Chris Perez getting pinched for marijuana possession.  Perez wound up pleasing guilty to a misdemeanor charge after he had marijuana mailed to his home.  While he won't get any jail time, it is just another chapter in a rough season for Perez who has already has to deal with a DL stint amid rampant injury issues along the way.  For now Perez remains the team's closer but he no doubt has given more than a few reasons for the Cleveland front office to make a change if he struggle again this season.

Be sure to check back for all the latest closer news as it happens.  Let us hear your thoughts.


  1. someone offer me david wright + mike trout for my miggy + puig in my league. should i accept it?

    1. JOE: oh my God what a blockbuster offer. (sigh). tough call. Puig is the wild card but Trout and Wright is a ton for him and Miggy. You get the best outfielder and the third best third baseman for the best hitter in the game and a top prospect who we still don't know who good he can be. I would close my eyes and accept it. but if you rejected it I would be fine with that too.

  2. i did exactly what u told me to do. clicked accept with my eyes close! i just hope david wright can make it to the end of the season.