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Astros sticking with struggling Matt Lindstrom as closer

Aug 11, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

Matt Lindstrom served up a pair of homers last night to blow his sixth save, which is tied for second-most among all closers, but afterward Astros manager Brad Mills replied “not at all, he’s our guy” when asked if he was considering a switch in the ninth inning.
Third baseman Chris Johnson expressed a similar sentiment, saying “he’s our closer” and “if we’re up tomorrow by one I hope he comes into the game.”
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com notes that Lindstrom has been pitching through back spasms for the past couple weeks and suggests that might be to blame for blowing two saves in his last three appearances. While that may indeed be a factor, the bigger issue is that Lindstrom just isn’t all that good.
Lindstrom ranks among the MLB leaders in average fastball velocity every season and so he looks like a closer, but that has never equated to a ton of strikeouts and his control has always been spotty. He had a 5.89 ERA for the Marlins last season and has a 3.86 career mark with a .274 opponents’ batting average and 181/87 K/BB ratio in 215 innings.
He’s a solid setup man and a mediocre closer.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Oh, so that’s where Lindstrom wound up. I get it – the Feesh plan to dominate the league by 2012 by trading all their boolpen arsonists to the other teams in the league. It worked great while Kevin Gregg was with the Cubs, didn’t it? Betcha that was just a test run.

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