Posts Tagged ‘closer’

Jonathan Papelbon’s suspended for seven games

September 17th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Jonathan Papelbon’s suspended for seven games | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Philadelphia Daily News

Phillies’ closer Jonathan Papelbon has not only been suspended yesterday for seven games, but fined as well for an undisclosed amount, after an incident two games ago in which he controversially grabbed his crotch in the dugout. Papelbon was perceived to have made the obscene gesture towards the Phillies’ fans, after they booed him for blowing a 4-1 Phillies’ lead in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game vs. Miami. Home-plate umpire Joe West subsequently ejected Papelbon from the game, after the latter argued with the umpire.

The Phillies released the following statement about the suspension:

“The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior. By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday.”

Despite the blown save, Papelbon has had a solid year this year, going 37/41 in save opportunities, with an ERA of 2.10 and only two home-runs allowed in 64.1 innings.

Should Papelbon be suspended, in my mind, for his actions on Sunday? Yes, and let me explain why.

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Ken Giles; set-up man, closer, or starter?

July 22nd, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Ken Giles; set-up man, closer, or starter? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

I believe rookie reliever, and 100 mile-per-hour man, Ken Giles has the fine makings of a future closer; with a similar style to former-Philly closers Brad Lidge and Billy Wagner. His arsenal of pitches include a 97.2-MPH four seamer, an 89-MPH cutter, an 86-MPH slider, and a 86.6-MPH curveball. His fastball’s his out pitch, especially when his fastball’s velocity is at its best at 100 MPH. Additionally, he relies on his fastball 60% of the time and his slider 40% of the time. Giles’ curveball is a pitch he rarely uses, in comparison to the other two. Might I mention that his WHIP’s only 0.73 this season.

Giles has the making of a fine closer based on his high fastball and the fact that he relies on the pitch so much (like most closers do), strikeout rate, and consistency. Then again, most of those qualities can be said for a successful starting pitcher as well. Either way, he’s got a promising future. Although he’s only 14 games into his major-league career, his ERA thus far is just 0.60 and he currently has a 13-game/14.2-inning scoreless streak. The only earned run he’s given up thus far was during his major-league debut on June 12th.

Giles was originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 44th round of the 2009 MLB amateur draft, but didn’t sign with the team. Two years later, he was drafted (again), this time by the Phillies, in the seventh round. The Phillies would sign him two months later, after he was drafted in June of 2011.

(Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Images)

Perhaps just as impressive as his WHIP/ERA numbers is his strikeout rate of 12/9 innings, and, on top of that, that he’s only allowed eight hits in 15 innings so far. In four minor-league seasons with the Gulf-Coast-League Phillies (2011), single-A Lakewood (2012), A+ Clearwater (2012-13), as well as double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley (2014), he was 9-6 with a 3.77 ERA and 12.1 strikeouts/9.

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Papelbon Ready to be the Closer for Phils

February 18th, 2012 by Leo | Comments Off on Papelbon Ready to be the Closer for Phils | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

by Christopher Leomporra

The new Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is itching to go for the Phils this season.  Now that he has left the Boston Red Sox, Papelbon wants to experience and pitch against the NL East teams and hitters.  Papelbon, (age 31) has put the downfall of his former team behind him and is looking towards future success with the Phillies.

The right hander had a some great years with the Red Sox and holds the franchise record with 219 saves.  He has signed a four year deal as a free agent with the Phillies for 50 million dollars.  This will make him the most expensive closer in the game.  Papelbon will be closing for one of the best pitching staffs in the league but does not think that will change the way that he pitches.  He said:

“Regardless if I’m closing games for five rookie starters or I’m going out, closing games for five studs like I am here, I don’t think about that,”

I know the fans can’t wait to see him pitch and I hope he comes through as a strong closer because I feel that was the one weak spot on the Phillies pitching staff last year.

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Madson’s Time To Step Up

April 25th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Madson’s Time To Step Up | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Yet another cog in the Phillies machine needs to be replaced. Jose Contreras was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is being called a strained right flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow. He will fly back to Philadelphia to see the team physician, Dr. Michael Ciccotti, either late Monday or Tuesday. It has yet to be determined if a MRI has been ordered, but with this type of injury, one definitely will. The MRI will show whether or not there is damage to the ulnar collateral ligament, which can lead to a pitcher’s three most hated words: Tommy John Surgery. If the UCL is damaged, Contreras will be done for the year, and possibly for his career. If it is only a strain of the pronator tendon, Contreras will probably be out 3-5 weeks resting and rehabbing the arm. With both Lidge and Contreras on the disabled list until the end of May, it’s time for Ryan Madson to prove he can close. (more…)

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