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Right now, the Detroit Tigers have one of the shakiest bullpens in the major leagues, a fact that is easily reflected in the loss column.
To be specific, the back end of the bullpen is the No. 1 cause of throwing pillows at the television among Tigers fans. Last year, the Tigers went undefeated when leading a game after seven innings, a luxury that no one expected to see this season.
What isn't reasonable, however, is the fact that the Tigers have already blown six-out-of-14 save opportunities. If Detroit's save percentage is barely over 50 percent, that is something to worry about.
Now will this trend last the whole year? Probably not, but you can still fear Valverde's performance in his closer role.
Last year "Papa Grande" threw a perfect season with 49 saves, but most of those ended in dramatic fashion. It wasn't unusual for the game to end with runners on the corners with the winning run at the plate, but last year, fate was on his side.
This year, his luck may be running out, because now those winning runs are starting to get by and the losses are starting to pile on.
It also comes to the point where you can't trust him with a five-run lead, because Dayan Viciedo was one more bite of Wheaties away from hitting a walk off.
The worst part for management is the fact that there is no one to replace him. Joaquin Benoit isn't any better, and Octavio Dotel goes straight into "drunk man throwing a baseball" mode when he's put in the ninth inning.
Bottom line is that Valverde desperately needs to get his swagger back.