Monday, June 27, 2016


Closing Time beckons so let's get to all the latest:

-We have delved into the closing situation with the St. Louis Cardinals for two days now and there is still no concrete answer as to who will replace Trevor Rosenthal while the latter is working on his stuff in setup.  There may have been a hint though on Sunday when Hwan Oh was warming up in the eighth inning for a possible save chance bu then the Cards scored two runs to keep him in the pen.  That would suggest possibly that Hwan Oh will get the first crack which is a sizable upset over Kevin Siegriest who has put in more time as a dominant setup man or veteran Jonathan Broxton who has the experience.  No on can argue with the numbers regarding Hwan Oh however as he carries a 1.66 ERA and a crazy strikeout rate in his debut campaign after coming over from Korea.  While we said Siegrist was the guy to own, it is now looking like Hwan Oh is in fact going to be the guy. 

-Falling under the "who would have predicted this?" heading, we present to you the ninth inning for the Houston Astros this season.  After the team swung a deal for Ken Giles during the winter, it seemed the hard-throwing former Philadelphia Phillies product was a star in the making with his massive K rate and classic closer stuff.  Expectations were so high that Giles supplanted incumbent closer Luke Gregerson who overall was very good saving games for a playoff Astros team in 2015.  The results were horrific as Giles walked the ballpark and saw his ERA sail to demotion territory.  Gregerson would get the gig back but after a solid start, he too threw away the closing job.  Enter the third option which has turned out to be Will Harris who is adding more than a little stability as evidenced by his dominant 0.83 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.  Harris has saved 6 out of 6 chances so far and he obviously is the guy to own going forward.  What we are seeing out of the guy is not a shock either as Harris was quietly one of the best relievers in baseball in 2015 with a 1.90 ERA and 68 K's in 71 innings.  We have seen many closers appear.....and good one.....out of the blue in the past and so Harris should not be considered a fluke.  While next year will be up for debate in terms of if he is a Robb Nen or a Derrick Turnbow, Harris is showing us that drafting relievers like Giles in the high rounds often winds up being a wasted pick. 

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