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Heath Bell implodes again, blowing save and taking loss

Apr 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

Heath Bell

For the third time this season Heath Bell blew a save and then took a loss, unraveling against the Mets in an extremely ugly outing.

Bell began the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead and walked four the first five batters he faced, with one ground out mixed in. His fourth walk forced in the tying run and then, with the bases still loaded and two outs, he served up a walk-off single to Kirk Nieuwenhuis on his 46th pitch.

Bell is 0-3 with a 9.53 ERA and more walks (7) than strikeouts (5) in 5.2 innings, blowing three of his five save chances.

And the “proven closer” isn’t even one month into his three-year, $27 million contract that pays him through age 36.

  1. towniesman - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Oh Oh

  2. ikedavisnose - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Cap’n Kirk to the rescue

    • papasadappa - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      best screen name i have seen in a while!!!

      • ikedavisnose - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        Thank you very much…………I did it in response to the Phillie Phans who used a person and a body part

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    If anything else, they have Leo Juan Carlos Nunez Oviedo. But I have faith.

  4. El Bravo - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I had the option to trade him or Motte in a four player deal and I traded Motte yesterday, not Bell. Stupid Stupid Stupid

  5. SmackSaw - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM


  6. randygnyc - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Bell had NOTHING today. Couldn’t get his hook over. Fastball at 92. Fish are in trouble. Camera panned to Ozzie as Bell walked the bases loaded to see his lips form the word “fuck”

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Hard to believe Mr. Guillen would use such foul language in public.

      • SmackSaw - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        Showtime has a new series called ‘The Franchise’. It’s like ‘Hard Knocks’ only MLB. The team this year is the Marlins. On the preview, Ozzie is holding a team meeting. Lauria is holding a clicker, checking everytime Ozzie says ‘fuck’ in various ways. By the time the speech was over, Lauria clicked 91 times. Awesome.

  7. sdelmonte - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Not a great finish, but at the same time, let’s give the Mets a little credit for showing a lot of patience. That is a bit of a change for this club, which seemed to swing a lot in the past few years (and even in the last few days).

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Apparently Collins kept trying to put up the bunt sign, but the players kept missing it…

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Justin Turner’s 14-pitch AB where he started off in an 0-2 hole and worked a walk was one of those things that you love as a baseball fan, and non-baseball fans hate.

      The buildup of dramatic tension reminds me of that scene from Sports Night where Jeremy is editing the baseball highlights

      Casey: Okay, this section here where the batter taps dirt off his shoe and spits four times…
      Jeremy: We can’t cut that!
      Casey: Jeremy.
      Jeremy: No, the storm clouds are gathering.
      Casey: Alright, just outta curiosity, what voiceover would you have me write for this moment?
      Jeremy: What’s wrong with “The Storm Clouds Are Gathering”?

  8. The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Yet another example of why it’s ridiculous to have an empty bullpen just because your “closer” is on the hill.

  9. antlerclaws - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Once again, the Rangers come out looking good in a deal. Everyone, including Bell, thought they were going after Heath Bell at the deadline last year, but Jon Daniels got Mike Adams instead, who’s been a solid setup man.

  10. Old Gator - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    And all this after the Feesh erupted for two, count ’em, two runs today. Scrooge McLoria must feel accursed. His expensive closer can’t close. His trillion-dollar leadoff hitter has a.263 OBP and can see his reflection on the turbid surface of Rio Mendoza, kinda like a clueless Narcissus who is seriously contemplating diving in. His expensive commyooneest manager is an affront to the freedom-loving people of Macondo and can’t open his mouth without something vulgar or stupid, even for heem, coming out of it. His lineup can’t get a ball out of the infield unless it’s got a laser targeting system homed in on the pocket of an outfielder’s glove. His best hitter is a former utility infielder. His top slugger hasn’t put a ball in the seats yet this season.

    His sole comfort in life right now is how badly Albert Pujols is doing.

    Meanwhile, the strange attractor continues, implacably, to recede in the firmament. The Spirit of Nutsedge hovers over every incipient crack in the sidewalk and spraypainted graffiti all over his brand new stadium is only waiting for one or two streetlamps to burn out. No doubt he is thinking of that distant afternoon when his grandfather took him to discover sno-cones. Whatever lets him escape.

    • SmackSaw - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM


  11. mdpickles - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Well, at least Ruben Amaro got one FA move right this winter. Signing Papelpon over Heath Bell. The argument has been that signing Papelbon left no other monies for offense. Who knows, its still early.

  12. icanspeel - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    I loved Bell when he was on the Padres, but he was slowly declining and I was surprised the Marlins gave him the deal he got. He will probably battle back as he usually does, but I think closers are overrated with the money they get.

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