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It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

Jose Valverde AP

Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of the Closer.

Let’s run it down:

NY Yankees: Mariano Rivera – future HOF takes blown save, loss in debut
Detroit: Jose Valverde – After going 49-for-49 in 2011, blows save in opener
Cleveland: Chris PerezBlows three-run lead in ninth, Indians lose in 16
Chi Cubs: Carlos MarmolLost opener after entering tie game

And, of course, one-sixth of baseball’s closers are currently on the disabled list:

Boston: Andrew Bailey (thumb surgery, out 3-5 months)
Cincinnati: Ryan Madson (Tommy John surgery, out for season)
Kansas City: Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery, out for season)
Tampa Bay: Kyle Farnsworth (elbow strain, out 4-6 wks)
Washington: Drew Storen (sore elbow, out 2 weeks)

So, maybe the eighth inning is a lot easier after all. Unless you’re Kerry Wood.

  1. spytdi - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Nathan got the job done in Texas!

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      Santos and Balfour both have saves.

  2. aceshigh11 - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Say, whatever happened to that Papelbon guy?

  3. jimbo1949 - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    I remember a few years ago when Mo gave up a homer to Scutaro to lose in Oakland, early in the season. Just a hiccup then, as now.

  4. estecklerlhs - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Unless you’re Jason Motte….

  5. estecklerlhs - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    He got a save too.

  6. iinformeduthusly - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Axford was rocked opening day last year and money for the rest of the season

  7. pxeeks - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Papelbon got it done in Philly!!

  8. deathmonkey41 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Time for the “Is Mo done?” articles to begin in earnest.

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