The Closer Report: May 22, 2009

Todd Farino@truegurufarinoCorrespondent IMay 23, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 14:  Francisco Rodriguez  #75 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on May14, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Saves: 12

Save Opportunities: 12

Bell, Rodriguez, and Fuentes get their 12th save, Francisco saves first post-DL game

By Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com

There weren't any blown saves today and a full load of saves. The highlights of the day start with Heath Bell. Bell shakes off giving up his first run last appearance to throw a great inning tonight for his 12th save.

Fuentes continues to make batters look bad as he revisited his National League friends. He made quick work of the Dodgers clinching a 3-1 win for the Angels.

KROD was back at it and also had an easy inning revisiting with his old foes the Red Sox. He also earned a league leading 12th save. Rodriguez has clearly lived up to his draft value.

If you examined his numbers and plug then in as offensive scores you could say he has 12 Hrs (saves), 20 RBI (SO), 1 win (SB), .370 Avg, (ERA), and a 28 runs (WHIP). Not bad for a fourth or fifth round draft pick.

Over in the American League Bobbie Jenks looked impressive notching his 10th save. Jenks hasn't been in the news much with the White Sox pitching struggles, but quietly he has put together 10 saves, 14 strikeouts, and an ERA under 2.50. He's having another solid season.

Frank Francisco returned from the DL and was immediately put into action and recorded his 10th save. He is the only full-time closer yet to allow an earned run. He also has a 0.75 WHIP and he is well rested.

Francisco is quickly becoming one of the best closers. You may want to consider selling him high by mid to late June. Eventually the Rangers will start to lose as always.

George Sherrill nailed his eighth save of the season. A few weeks ago rumors flew that Sherill was no longer the ONLY closer the Orioles would dispatch.

However, he has been and since then he has accrued four saves, and lowered he has lowered his ERA almost 200 points. He is clearly the closer in Baltimore, and if you cut him have more patience next time.

Last, but not least we have the Rays bullpen. Dale Thayer was called up today and pitched three innings in a blow out for the save. He also got to bad in this very weird game against Ross Gload if you can believe. He has good stuff and was acquired in the Russell Branyan trade.

I wouldn't look to much into this, but with the Rays bullpen issues at least take notice for now.

Other Appearances:
Joel Zumaya (1) - Zumaya saved the game after Rodney saved the last three games.
Jon Rauch - Got a second save in as many days while the Diamindbacks rest the overworked Chad Qualls.
Francisco Cordero (11) - He is piling up saves and has a low ERA of 2.12. Great so far.
Mike Gonzalez (7)- He's doing well lately.


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