2012 has been a terrible year for NL West closers.
San Francisco's Brian Wilson sputtered before succumbing to season-ending Tommy John surgery in April and Javy Guerra of the Dodgers was removed from the closer's role after blowing consecutive games to go along with a 1-3, 5.84 ERA record.
Now, the virus of the catastrophic closer has reached the desert and the arm of Diamondbacks sandman J.J. Putz. The 6'5" righty has already blown 2-of-9 saves, earning two losses and a 7.50 ERA before loading the bases Thursday and escaping from Colorado thanks to a perfectly-timed double play that broadcaster Darron Sutton described as "winning ugly."
Nonetheless, with Putz clearly stuggling with his command, it is time for Arizona to take a page from the division-leading Dodgers and replace their capricious closer with a promising internal candidate.