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Grant Balfour wins the A’s closer job

Mar 20, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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Last week Bob Melvin said that the closer battle was between Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour.  Melvin announced today that Balfour is his huckleberry.

This was really a battle between a Proven Closer and, you know, the better pitcher, with Fuentes being the former and Balfour the latter. Fuentes had problems last year. Balfour was better, throwing 62 innings with a 2.47 ERA and 59/20 K/BB ratio.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Well, every team’s bound to win 60, right? Hope you can save half of ‘em, kid.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      I followed him a bit the last 2 years (for some reason I’m a sucker for A’s pitching) and he’s a better pitcher than the numbers indicate. He pitched injured a few times last season and that’s where a lot of the earned runs and walks came from. When he’s healthy he has major upside anywhere in the bullpen.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        I was making a lighthearted jab at the A’s for enough run support to get him in a closer situation, that’s all :) not often do I doubt A’s pitching!

  2. scatterbrian - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Thank the maker.

    @MattStairs: check out the save opportunity rankings in MLB. You’ll see they don’t corralate with team greatness. Washington was fifth in MLB last year, and they were 80-81.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      I know. Again, I was jesting.

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