The Closer Report: June 11, 2009

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The Closer Report: June 11, 2009
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Saves: 9

Save Opportunities: 10
Franklin finally gets another save. Capps and Street continue hot streaks.
By Todd Farino,

Papelbon capped off a great Red Sox comeback by shutting the door on the Yankees for his 16th save. Paps faced only three batters and avoided pitching to Alex Rodriguez. He has been worked a lot and looks tired. He needs to get some rest and some easy three-out save chances.

Matt Capps was on his A-game as he ripped through the Braves for his 15th save and got his sixth save in a row. It was also his fifth save of the month, but tonight was his first strikeout as well.

Huston Street continued his hot streak with his fourth consecutive save, but got roughed up a bit in the process. Street is far from perfect right now, but he's pitching as well as he can. In June, he's 4-for-5 in saves with seven strikeouts and believe it or not, he has lowered his ERA .26 points.

Ryan Franklin finally got another save. After getting seven in April, five in May, he secured only his second save in June. Either he or the Cardinals are getting cold. He gave up three hits while securing a very nervous save. Is a breakdown coming for Franklin? I'd sell.

Ryan Madson is 2-for-2 in two days. He saved his second consecutive game last night, beating the Mets 6-3. He struck out one and gave up a hit earning his fourth save of the season.

Joakim Soria blew his first save of the season. He should never have pitched, but thanks to a Tony Peña Jr. throwing error, Soria had to come in and gave up a double that scored the tying run. He managed to retire the next four batters he faced.

Other Appearances:

David Aardsma (11) — 1.78 ERA and 32 strikeouts. What a pleasant surprise. Maybe Brandon Morrow should go back to being a starter?
C.J. Wilson (6) — Wilson has the stuff to close and we have no idea how long Frank Francisco will be out.
Joe Beimel (1) — Mike MacDougal pitched three innings over the past two days, so its a rest save for Beimal.
Chad Qualls (13) — the beleaguered closer got his 13th save, but gave up an unearned run. He did strikeout two.

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