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Could be interesting towards the end of the month...

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What are the chances Bailey gets the job back?

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Three straight clean outings by Wilhelmsen - have to think he is getting close to gaining the role back but have not seen any blurbs about it. Anyone hear anything on this yet?

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In Milwaukee, it's looking like K-Rod as primary closer until he gets traded. At that point my guess is they would turn it over to either Henderson or Axford. Previously I was thinking Hendo was a lock to take back the gig, but he's had some bad outings so I could see Axford getting back into the mix yet again if Hendo keeps having bad outings.

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And what is going on in MIL? A bunch arms but no clear closer.

Wrong!

Sizzling K-Rod back in closer role for Brewers

PITTSBURGH -- Francisco Rodriguez is back in the Brewers' closer role, but manager Ron Roenicke attributed the switch to performance and not to showcasing Rodriguez before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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I love how they call KROD sizzling, even though he blew up badly in his most recent game. How do you manage to give up 3 hits, and 3 walks in 1.1 IP, and not give up more than 1 run?

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How do you manage to give up 3 hits, and 3 walks in 1.1 IP, and not give up more than 1 run?

Skillz.

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I love how they call KROD sizzling, even though he blew up badly in his most recent game. How do you manage to give up 3 hits, and 3 walks in 1.1 IP, and not give up more than 1 run?

That's basically the story of K Rods career.... Even when he was getting 60 saves he was still allowing people to get on base.

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I love how they call KROD sizzling, even though he blew up badly in his most recent game. How do you manage to give up 3 hits, and 3 walks in 1.1 IP, and not give up more than 1 run?

That's basically the story of K Rods career.... Even when he was getting 60 saves he was still allowing people to get on base.

His career WHIP numbers don't look *that* bad, though.

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In Milwaukee, it's looking like K-Rod as primary closer until he gets traded. At that point my guess is they would turn it over to either Henderson or Axford. Previously I was thinking Hendo was a lock to take back the gig, but he's had some bad outings so I could see Axford getting back into the mix yet again if Hendo keeps having bad outings.

agree 100% and I'd rather hold Axford than Henderson if I was using a bench stash. Still funny to look back at people's reactions to me saying KRod would keep the job during the "June closers thread"

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Posted · Hidden by The Harsh, July 1, 2013 - No reason given · Report post

Three straight clean outings by Wilhelmsen - have to think he is getting close to gaining the role back but have not seen any blurbs about it. Anyone hear anything on this yet?

this is what I want looking at. dropped bar tender for medina. might get rid of medina for him but having a closer with SP is nice.

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In Milwaukee, it's looking like K-Rod as primary closer until he gets traded. At that point my guess is they would turn it over to either Henderson or Axford. Previously I was thinking Hendo was a lock to take back the gig, but he's had some bad outings so I could see Axford getting back into the mix yet again if Hendo keeps having bad outings.

agree 100% and I'd rather hold Axford than Henderson if I was using a bench stash. Still funny to look back at people's reactions to me saying KRod would keep the job during the "June closers thread"

Ok dude...we get it...you were right. Here I am giving you a virtual pat on the back. Does that make you feel better or are you going to mention it again on the next page?

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In Milwaukee, it's looking like K-Rod as primary closer until he gets traded. At that point my guess is they would turn it over to either Henderson or Axford. Previously I was thinking Hendo was a lock to take back the gig, but he's had some bad outings so I could see Axford getting back into the mix yet again if Hendo keeps having bad outings.

agree 100% and I'd rather hold Axford than Henderson if I was using a bench stash. Still funny to look back at people's reactions to me saying KRod would keep the job during the "June closers thread"

Ok dude...we get it...you were right. Here I am giving you a virtual pat on the back. Does that make you feel better or are you going to mention it again on the next page?

Hey Neymar, PPolanco was right. Why don't you shower praise on him.

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In Milwaukee, it's looking like K-Rod as primary closer until he gets traded. At that point my guess is they would turn it over to either Henderson or Axford. Previously I was thinking Hendo was a lock to take back the gig, but he's had some bad outings so I could see Axford getting back into the mix yet again if Hendo keeps having bad outings.

agree 100% and I'd rather hold Axford than Henderson if I was using a bench stash. Still funny to look back at people's reactions to me saying KRod would keep the job during the "June closers thread"

You think that's funny, check out the Kevin Slowey thread!

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In Milwaukee, it's looking like K-Rod as primary closer until he gets traded. At that point my guess is they would turn it over to either Henderson or Axford. Previously I was thinking Hendo was a lock to take back the gig, but he's had some bad outings so I could see Axford getting back into the mix yet again if Hendo keeps having bad outings.

agree 100% and I'd rather hold Axford than Henderson if I was using a bench stash. Still funny to look back at people's reactions to me saying KRod would keep the job during the "June closers thread"

uh, congratulations?

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I'm sure people won't agree with me on this, but this Wilhelmsen thing feels eerily similar to the situation we saw last year with League.

League had been a solid closer, then completely loses it, and then started pitching better. Then he gets sent packing to LA.

Wilhelmsen meanwhile takes over and never looks back.

NOW, this year Wilhelmsen's timing is slightly earlier than League, but Medina and Perez have pitched fairly well in some tight spots. The difference, to me, is that there haven't really been save opportunities generated to get some clarity on this situation. I still lean Medina (say 50%), but Wilhelmsen is pitching himself back (20%) and Perez still looms (30%).

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And if ANYTHING happens to Casey Jansen, Steve Delabar has ridiculous potential as a closer, IMO. He just mowed right through Hunter, Miggy, and Fielder, striking out all three.

He's now retired the last 9 men he's faced via K.

For the year that's 57 Ks in 40 IP.

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I'm sure people won't agree with me on this, but this Wilhelmsen thing feels eerily similar to the situation we saw last year with League.

League had been a solid closer, then completely loses it, and then started pitching better. Then he gets sent packing to LA.

Wilhelmsen meanwhile takes over and never looks back.

NOW, this year Wilhelmsen's timing is slightly earlier than League, but Medina and Perez have pitched fairly well in some tight spots. The difference, to me, is that there haven't really been save opportunities generated to get some clarity on this situation. I still lean Medina (say 50%), but Wilhelmsen is pitching himself back (20%) and Perez still looms (30%).

There's a few key differences from the situation last year and this one. Like you already mentioned, no one has really put their stamp on the role in Tom's absence. So there's no clear candidate to take over, which makes it much more likely Wilhelmsen gets the job back. The biggest thing, however, is that last year, Wilhelmsen was clearly the best pitcher in that pen. He deserved the gig. This year, there is no clear best arm in that pen. If perez was a righty I'd be more apt to say it was him, but he's not. Medina walks way too many guys and is shaky every time out. So looking at these things, Wilhelmsen is still the clear choice if he can pitch like he's capable of. If you want a likilihood that Wilhelmsen gets the job back, I'd put it at 90%. He may already have the job back.

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To clarify - I wasn't saying he won't get the job back. My percentages were for next save opportunity.

And I still don't see any reason Seattle hangs onto him. Steven Pryor could also complicate things in a week or two for any of these candidates.

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And if ANYTHING happens to Casey Jansen, Steve Delabar has ridiculous potential as a closer, IMO. He just mowed right through Hunter, Miggy, and Fielder, striking out all three.

He's now retired the last 9 men he's faced via K.

For the year that's 57 Ks in 40 IP.

He would basically be Ernesto Frieri in the closer role. I love Delabar, I have had him as a middle reliever to gather strikeouts for the past two seasons...but he walks too many batters. He would obviously be the first choice if something happened to Jannsen and he has elite strikeout rates, but the walks and lack of groundballs would definitely play against him.

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Just when you thought the Dodgers' pen couldn't get any more exciting -- I can't wait till the first time Mattingly gets Marmol'd :)

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