AL Central Closer Report

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

By David Kerr

AL Central Closer Report

Cleveland Indians

Cleveland closer Chris Perez has a very nice line of a 2.36 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and 22 saves. Only one statistic is a bit scary and that’s his K/BB (strikeout to walk) ratio. It sits at 1.38. He isn’t striking out many guys, he’s walking almost as many, but he is getting the job done. The job is his with no risk to lose it.

Current Closer: Chris Perez

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers also have no controversy with their ninth inning duties. Jose Valverde has saved 24 games and hasn’t blown a save yet. He does have a high WHIP at 1.45, but obviously is getting the job done.

Current Closer: Jose Valverde

Chicago White Sox

Sergio Santos assumed the closer’s role at the end of April and hasn’t looked back since. He has had a few rough patches, but seems to rebound well each time. He should hang on to the role all season and could rack up quite a few saves if Chicago gets hot.

Current Closer: Sergio Santos

Minnesota Twins

Finally, Joe Nathan has over taken Matt Capps as the Twins’ closer. After blowing seven saves on the season, Ron Gardenhire finally pulled the plug and inserted Nathan. If the Twins want to make a run for the playoffs, which is entirely possible, Nathan will need to be at the top of his game. There should be no controversy for the ninth inning in Minnesota unless Nathan starts pitching like, Matt Capps.

Current Closer: Joe Nathan

Kansas City Royals

After being removed from the closer’s role in late May, Joakim Soria pitched in middle relief and then gained the role back. Since that time he has not blown a save and the job is his, unless he gets traded, of course!

Current Closer: Joakim Soria

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