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Vicente Padilla: Dodgers’ closer

Apr 27, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT


Ned Colletti said it was closer-by-committee. Johnathon Broxton told the media that Don Mattingly said that he was his number one guy.  We didn’t get a test of that yesterday because the Dodgers lost, but we got it today and the answer is that the committee — or maybe just Vicente Padilla — is the Dodgers’ closer.

The Dodgers and the Marlins went to extra innings this afternoon and Andre Ethier hit a homer in the top of the 10th.  Padilla was already warming up when it was a tie game and kept warming up when the Dodgers took the lead. Jonathan Broxton, for his part, remained in a warmup jacket.  Padilla came in for the bottom of the inning and got three quick groundballs. Game over.

Padilla got two saves with the Phillies 11 years ago. This was his third. And I’m guessing that there are more in his future.

  1. skerney - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Padilla can’t throw fastballs at batters heads if the game is on the line in the 9th.

  2. bigtrav425 - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    You know your in trouble if Vicente Padilla is your closer…..yikes!

  3. sknut - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    I guess Padilla just knows how to get saves.

  4. BC - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Has Broxton been that bad that they pull the plug on him this soon?

    • dodger88 - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      Yes in that he has had only one 1-2-3 inning this season. In only 6 or 7 appearances, he has given up 3 HR’s and his number of walks are high. If healthy, Padilla may very well do a good job but as inconsistent as Broxton has been thus far its not like anyone else they have has been lights out.

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