The Closer Report, June 8: Andrew Bailey Secures Closing Role With Athletics

Todd Farino@truegurufarinoCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 07: Andrew Bailey #40 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at the Oakland Coliseum on June 7, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Saves: 6
Save Opportunities: 6

Bell saves number 17; Andrew Bailey gets fifth save
Andrew Bailey has secured the closer role for the Athletics with another strong save.
Monday night he pitched a perfect inning to secure a 4-3 win for the A's. It was his fifth save and third since his last blown save. At this point you might want to cut Ziegler. He will backup Bailey, but right now he isn't pitching well enough to be on a roster.
Heath Bell got his league leading 17th save in a 6-3 for the Padres. He saved the win for Jake Peavy, but created some drama in the ninth inning by giving up a hit and walking the next batter. Overall another solid save for Peavy, who's ERA has settled to 1.42.
Scott Downs finally got another save, getting his eighth save of the season and first in the month of June. It was a tough inning for Downs, who didn't have his best stuff, as he gave up one hit and a walk.
Fernando Rodney started the week strong after being shutout last week. He pitched a strong inning, giving up one hit in the 5-4 victory. Rodney has been a big surprise for his owners. He was named closer late in spring training and now has 11 saves. He does need to work on his WHIP and ER.

Other Appearances:
Mariano Rivera (14): Got another easy save against the Rays. He struck out Upton to end the game.
Mike Gonzalez: Pitched an inning in a non-save situation. Has one save this month.
Randy Choate: Came into a 4-3 game and struck out Johnny Damon before walking Teixeira.