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Save Opportunities: 10
Andrew Bailey had a nightmare appearance against the Twins. He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks. He entered a tied game, so the only goods news here is that he didn't blow the save. I''ll keep an eye on how this develops with Ziegler waiting in the shadows.
After Bailey's implosion, Nathan came in for his 13th save of the season and has continued his hot streak that started seven saves ago.
Heath Bell continued his torrid pace with his 18th save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Dodgers
. His WHIP fell back below 1.00 and he is pitching his best baseball right now.
Brian Wilson also continued to show he can hang with the stud closers with a 6-4 save over Arizona
. He struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning. What a season Wilson is having. He has definitely become one of the best draft values of the season.
On his first day as Philadelphia
's closer, Ryan Madson got his third save of the season. He looked as sharp as he has all season. He pitched a perfect inning and struck out none.
Francisco Cordero blew his first save of the season, giving up two runs. To be fair, Cordero had to wait over two hours because of a rain delay and he couldn't have been loose after that long of a delay. I think we can ignore this appearance and assume that Cordero is still one of the top closers in the league.
Huston Street (11): Awesome performance for Street. He struck out the side for a perfect inning.
David Aardsma (10): Another perfect inning and another strikeout.
David Weathers (1): A nice appearance in a 12-inning game.
Jonathan Papelbon(16): Paps created some late-inning drama with the Yankees
, but got the easy save and stranded Gardner on second base.
Matt Capps (14): Came very close to blowing the save. Gave up a home run to Garret Anderson.