Saturday, June 28, 2008

Three All-Star Relievers

Player A: 35.1 IP, 17 H, 3 BB, 40 K, 21 saves, .76 ERA
Player B: 22.1 IP, 12 H, 7 BB, 31 K 3 saves, .81 ERA
Player C: 35.0 IP, 21 H, 20 BB, 33 K, 31 saves, 2.06 ERA

These three pitchers have had outstanding seasons so far in 2008. Two are established names; the third not so much. Can you guess who they are?

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Ready for the answers?

A is the greatest reliever in history, Mariano Rivera. C is Francisco Rodriguez, one of the best closers in baseball. Combined they have 10 All-Star appearances. Last but certainly not least is B as in Brandon Morrow, the current closer for the Mariners. He's been nothing short of brilliant coming out for the seventh, eight and now ninth innings for last-place Seattle. In a year of profound futility for the M's Morrow stands out as a beacon of hope.

Brandon should be stretched out to eventually become a starter (much like Joba Chamberlain, but with more patience). In fact his dominance as a reliever is in a way bad for the Mariners because it takes time and effort away from properly developing as an inning eater. If he turns into an awesome closer that's great. But a good starter would be a better goal. Regardless, every M's fan should rejoice in watching Morrow mow down the opposition -- even if it is in short stints.

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