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I wasn't very familiar with J.J. Putz before this year, except for what I read about him after the trade.
The reviews from Seattle were mixed; some talked about his devastating splitter, while others warned of disappointment due to decreased velocity.
I had hoped for a 1-2, knockout punch at the end of games, that could maintain a lead no matter how small and while K-Rod has lived up to his end of the bargain, Putz has not.
It's early in the season and J.J. will have plenty of opportunities to change my opinion, but as of now, I simply don't trust him.
Putz's struggles are all too reminiscent of our former set-up man Aaron Heilman, both will pitch stunningly clean eighth innings, leaving you with the feeling that they've gotten over the hump, only to turn around and look completely lost in their next outing.
As I've said before; with Bobby Parnell looking so strong, if Putz's struggles can be blamed on not closing and he has value, I would consider moving him at the deadline in the right deal...
Putz's walk to Gload was the eighth he's allowed in his last six outings, and he's struck out only four in that span. When Putz was the Mariners' closer in 2006 and 2007, he walked 13 batters in each season. He's issued 18 walks this season, to go with a 3.81 ERA in 281/3 innings. source Newsday