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Heath Bell blows second save in as many tries with Miami

Apr 15, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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When the Marlins gave veteran closer Heath Bell a three-year, $27 million free agent contract this winter, most people called it an overpay. Two weeks into the 2012 regular season, it’s looking like an abomination.

Bell surrendered four runs — two earned — in the top of the ninth inning of Saturday night’s 5-4 loss to the light-hitting Astros, who were held (quite easily) to one run through the game’s first eight frames.

Last Sunday, Bell yielded four hits and two earned runs in a blown save opportunity against the Reds.

The 34-year-old right-hander is now 0-for-2 in save chances with Miami and is sporting a brutal 12.00 ERA and 3.67 WHIP in three total innings of work (four relief appearances). His fastball is averaging 92.7 mph, down from the 94.0 mph mean that he registered in his final season with the Padres.

“I feel like crap,” Bell told beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel late Saturday night. “It’s really hard to look at my teammates and them have confidence in me because I haven’t had it. I have confidence in my ability, but I haven’t shown them I can do it.”

It’s probably safe to assume that the Fish are suddenly missing Juan Carlos Oviedo.

  1. AlohaMrHand - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    all the hype for this team and it blows up in their faces.Well at least they’ll be able to hold swap meets in the parking lot.Theyll have plenty of room with all those missing fans.

    • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Ho’omaika’i ‘ana on blowing that one bigtime. It is one of the great imbecilities of Macondo Banana Massacre Filed that, having been planted in the middle of an urban neighborhood, it doesn’t have any parking lots. What is has is a couple of parking garages that contain less than one-sixth the number of parking spaces as the stadium has seats. The rest of the fans have to pay private property owners to park on their lawns or pay exorbitant fees to local businesses to park in their local lots.

      Do your homework before you come on here talking `opala next time, okay?

      • AlohaMrHand - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        no parking lots?How stupid are your owners?Oh wait it’s the Marlins.

      • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        Stupid enough to have conned hundreds of millions of dollars out of our illustrious elected representatives, at any rate. But then, our elected representatives are stupid and corrupt enough to be connable. But then, our electorate…..

      • evanwins - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM

        And I guess stupid enough not to realize that it was YOUR money they blew.

  2. jimbo1949 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Would help if he had some defense, lousy pitching was not helped by 3 errors in the 9th.

    • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Yeah, it’s tough to blame a guy who comes out trying too hard to begin with when his infield and, especially, his outfield blows up behind him. That contract is wrapped around his neck like an explosive collar and he’s overthrowing – pitching with his balls instead of his head. His location has been terrible. But the fielding last night? Three ridiculous errors, and you almost have to wonder if Scrooge McLoria took a payoff to plug the new Three Stooges movie. Brett Hayes, Emilio Bonifacio and, of course, Tweeter, turned in better performances as Larry, Moe and Curly than they did as ballplayers. One of those errors was catcher interference – smack, poke – Brett Hayes got his glove tangled up in Jordan Schaefer’s glove. Inexcusable ineptitude. John Buck, Mendoza Line offense and all, wouldn’t have made a stupid mistake like that.

      But the outfield? First the normally reliable Emilio Bonifacio drops a fly ball. Wooowooowooowooo. Slap! Then Tweeter, displaying that unique formlessness that makes him such an atrocious outfielder – imagine having Johnny Damon’s throwing arm for a head – executes an uncharacteristically direct route to the descending ball, having plotted its gravity’s rainbow correctly for a change, then runs a little too far past its arc and falls on his ass trying to catch it. Poke, whap! Nyuknyuknyuknyuk.

      And as if to drive home the point that this beautiful subtropical evening was just a feint for an evening of unremitting piscine slapstick, some idiot set the fireworks off while Bell was walking off the mound and the game wasn’t over yet – possibly to drown out the boos. The rest of them went off just after the Feesh became official bycatch for the evening and sank three games below the strange attractor, which at the moment doubles as the hatchcover for the NL East basement. The Feesh need to take a hard squint at their events coordinator as well as their closer – what kind of moron celebrates a home loss with fireworks, anyway?

      Still no Feesh dingers at home, and the Macondo Harold, our local feeshwrapper, is already running rumors of unattributed harrumphing and whiffling in the tolgeywood of the locker room about the fences being too far out.

      • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Jordan Schaefer’s bat, of course….

        Edit function!
        Edit function!
        EDIT FUNCTION!

        Nyuknyuknyuknyuk….

  3. js20011041 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Maybe some day, teams will realize that you don’t need to give big money to a “proven closer.” It’s not so much that effective relievers aren’t valuable, they are. It’s just that one, they are less valuable than pretty much every one else on your roster except bench players, and two, they are easier to find than many teams think. Instead of spending all that money on a closer, use it on improving your every day roster and starting pitching staff.

    • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      A few years ago, one Kevin Marschall Gregg, erstwhile closer, and a couple of his fellow arsonists coughed up enough late inning leads to make the difference between the postseason and the Feeshing season. If you don’t think the closer is important, try and calculate the Borg’s record with Kevin Gregg instead of Mariano Rivera. Some physicists go mad looking at their own calculations, and you would likely join them before running out of fingers.

      • jimbo1949 - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        Exceptions to the Rule:
        .
        i before e, except after c
        28 days in February, except leap years, except when it’s a 00 year
        Mo Rivera
        .

      • js20011041 - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Exactly. Bringing up Mariano Rivera everytime the conversation turns to closers is like using Ted Williams to justify the contract given to Carl Crawford.

  4. exhibits5 - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    its allmost time for REYASS to be placed on the. disabled list what a joke he is. OVERRATED. my Mets are a better team this year without this skinny BASTARD

    • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Didn’t your lawyer warn you not to admit to ownership of the Mutts before the season is over? This early in the season, it must be difficult for a pundit, much less a dimwit, to see that far ahead.

  5. jhorton83 - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Is it just me or does he look a lot like Kenny Powers in that picture?

    • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      He looks a bit like the pornstar Brad Armstrong too, which, considering what the Feesh are going to be if he doesn’t straighten himself out (nyuknyuknyuk), might be the more appropriate comparison anyway.

    • js20011041 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      “A lot of people ask me, Heath Bell, you’re a giant star. You can get any woman. Have you ever paid for sex?’ And the answer is yes, I have. And it’s actually kinda cool. You can negotiate practically anything and sometimes, even just kind of do stuff in the moment that you never agreed to pay for and it goes by without much argument.”

      • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        Maybe he’s played out as a pitcher. I think he could have a fine career as a secret service agent, though.

  6. evanwins - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    This guy is not half as good as Petco Park made him out to be. He will lose his closing job by July.

    Madson is out for the year.

    Lidge has already blown a save.

    And Papelbon? Who everyone said was way overpaid? Despite one of the best closer pedigree’s in the game? Despite an incredible run of staying healthy?

    Wel Pap’s doing just fine.

    Consistency in a closer is a rare commodity. Like all rare commodities, if you want it, you pay for it.

  7. yahmule - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Bell’s ineffectiveness isn’t related to his leaving PetCo, or even losing a couple miles off his fastball. The problem is his curveball went from being a plus pitch to being extremely hittable. This has been going on for a couple years now and the Marlins should have known better.

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