Huston Street Named Closer in Colorado

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 10:  Huston Street #20 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning during a Major League Baseball game on July 10, 2008 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

After a rough spring, the Rockies stuck it out with their newly acquired pitcher Huston Street and named him the closer over Manny Corpas.

Though Street ended spring training on a high note, he had a tough March with an ERA of 5.23 in 10 1/3 innings.

Despite those struggles and Manny Corpas's impressive 0.90 spring ERA, the Rockies went against conventional wisdom and will hand the ball to Street in the ninth inning.

Street is coming off the worst year of his career, where he lost his closer job in Oakland to Brad Ziegler after blowing seven saves in 25 save opportunities.

The year before wasn't much better, as Street blew five of 21 save opportunities in an injury-shortened season.

One thing we can expect from Street is inconsistency.

In his last two full seasons, his ERA was 3.31 and 3.73, which is deadly for a closer. Though he does alright in strikeouts (one strikeout per inning average), he is known as a ground ball pitcher, which should serve him well in Colorado.

Our issue with Street is two-fold. His health and consistency, along with his confidence, has to be a concern for any fantasy manager. Furthermore, he is pitching in Colorado, which has a history of closer changes throughout the season.

I can't remember the last time the Rockies actually had a closer hold the job for more than two years. Even moreso, when was the last time a Colorado Rockies closer had more than 31 saves? It was in 2002—Jose Jimenez with 41 saves.

Colorado is not a closer-friendly place, and it is not for the weak or the closer lacking confidence. Though Corpas isn't much better, at least he knows Colorado—Street doesn't.

We don't like the move, and our suggestion is to grab Corpas if you own Street. Odds are, they will hand him the job during the regular rotation shift sometime in early June.