Washington Nationals Closer Update

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 11: Pitcher Joel Hanrahan #38 of the Washington Nationals throws in relief against the Atlanta Braves on April 11, 2009 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Today was a somewhat odd for the Washington bullpen. First off, it held the lead. Joe Beimal, the anointed fantasy closer for the National made his first appearance since coming off the DL and got some work in the eighth inning. It didn't go well for Joe who came into a 10-6 game. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk.

Kip "the other closer" Wells came in for a non-save situation and that went poorly as well. After getting the first two outs, Wells gave up four straight hits the collected two runs for the Dodgers.

After the first run scored, Joel Hanrahan started warming up to come in. Wells quickly gave up a fourth hit and a second run, but Hanrahan was not quite ready.
I have no doubt that Hanrahan would have entered the game if Casey Blake got on. Hanrahan has been very good since losing his closer job. He's pitched 3.2 scoreless innings with four Ks. We think that Hanrahan is very close to getting his job back and may get the next save opportunity.
Joe Beimel is not a closer, ask any Dodger fan. He is a solid setup man and I think that is where Manny Acta wants him.
If you held on to Joel Hanrahan, good for you. If he is on waivers in your league, you might want to get him. He is pitching well and has outstanding stuff. His problem has to be mental and hopefully this break helped get him focused.
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