AL East Closer Report

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Articles

By David Kerr

AL East Closer Report

Boston Red Sox

Even with an ERA of 4.06, Jonathan Papelbon will continue to be the Red Sox closer. Barring an injury or complete meltdown, he is their go to guy.

Current Closer: Jonathan Papelbon

New York Yankees

No question about it here either, Mariano Rivera, at age 41 is the Yankees closer and he is dominating as usual.

Current Closer: Mariano Rivera

Tampa Bay Rays

Kyle Farnsworth has been very good this year and has saved 18 games for Tampa Bay. With and ERA under 2.00 and a WHIP under 1.00, he is the man for the Rays.

Current Closer: Kyle Farnsworth

Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto is another ninth inning mess. Jon Rauch has assumed the closer duties, but that could change with one bad game. Frank Francisco has been terrible, sporting a 5.40 ERA. My guess is that Toronto will stick with Rauch in the closer’s role as he has been somewhat better than Francisco. There is always the option of Octavio Dotel, assuming he isn’t traded.

Current Closer: Jon Rauch

Other options: Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel

Baltimore Orioles

Kevin Gregg has been pretty shaky all season, but he is still the closer in Baltimore. I’m not sure if the Orioles feel they have no better options or just don’t want to make a switch, but Gregg has not been dominating. That being said, if he continues to just “get-by”, he should have the ninth inning duties all season. Mike Gonzalez did get a save the other day, but he only pitched 1/3 of an inning and was called in after Gregg almost blew a four run lead.

Current Closer: Kevin Gregg

Other options: Mike Gonzalez

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