Detroit Tigers: With Jose Valverde Benched, Who's the Closer?

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Detroit Tigers: With Jose Valverde Benched, Who's the Closer?
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Jose Valverde needs to get his mojo back--but in the meantime, the Tigers need a closer.

Jose Valverde's historic meltdowns against Oakland and New York—I daresay there have never been two more horrific back-to-back outings in MLB playoff history—have left the Tigers searching for a door-shutter in the ninth inning.

Officially, the Tigers are saying Valverde's still the closer—he's just on a leave of absence until he straightens things out. But notably missing from that official statement is what's wrong and how the Tigers and Valverde will fix it.

About Valverde's issues, Leyland said only, "His delivery is way too slow."  Well, you can't simply tell a pitcher to pitch faster.

And speaking of faster, they need to come up with a solution quickly because they are two wins from the World Series.

So who's the current Tigers' closer?

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