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Heath Bell continues to struggle

May 3, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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Last night was a good night to stink because so much other stuff was happening. This is especially true if your team won.  And it’s especially true if the stat that says you stink — blown save — was given to another guy.  But don’t think you got away with this, Heath Bell, we were watching.  You screwed up again.

Bell was called into the ninth inning of the Marlins-Giants game with his team on top 2-0.  He then allowed two runs on three hits while failing to record an out.  He was bailed out of the blown save when Ozzie Guillen put in Steve Cishek to try to clean up Bell’s mess, but the Giants tying the game in the ninth was really Bell’s doing.  Giancarlo Stanton‘s 10th inning homer salvaged things.

Bell now has an 11.74 ERA, has allowed 13 hits in seven and two-thirds innings and has blown four saves.  Lesser struggles caused Ozzie Guillen to move Jose Reyes down in the lineup.  Will he do something about the Marlins’ closer situation now?

  1. darthicarus - May 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Cishek has to be the closer now, with how poorly the Marlins are playing they can’t afford to blow every game they get a lead in the 9th inning. Also, perhaps Pujols really did want to play in Miami. Based on his early season performance he would’ve fit in nicely with that underachieving club.

  2. mybrunoblog - May 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I understand Ozzie is old school and would prefer to stick with Bell but the ship is sinking. If the Fish don’t want to become chum he is going to have to drop Bell out of the closer role.

  3. ras1tafari - May 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    How about this: Heath Bell is an overrated 38 year old relief pitcher.

    The closer’s role (outside of Mo Rivera) is DEAD. Watching managers trot out these half-ass pitchers for “saves” is ridiculous. play to win the game.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Heath Bell is 34.

      • Utley's Hair - May 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Details, details, details…

    • leerosenthall - May 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Tell that to Jonathan Papelbon, Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month.

  4. chibios - May 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    hate to see this happen to a guy who seems like he really is trying to right the ship. But it has clearly entered his head and it’s affecting him. Time to put the sidearmer Cishek in at closer.

  5. Old Gator - May 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    With Juan Carlos Leo Nuñez Oviedo confronting the universe and insisting that he exists while the universe replies “very well, but the fact incurs in me no sense of obligation,” Mike Dunn imploding himself all the way to Nawlins and Mujica an ideal setup man, Cishek is the logical choice for closer while the Feesh wait for an opportunity to see if Dan (2.08 ERA) Jennings is as good as he seemed to be in the minors. Bell has actually had a couple of good appearances – including the 1-2-3 ninth he peetched the night before last against the Jints – but clearly, something is hurting his head in the early going. His arm’s not dead like Josh Johnson’s seems to be. Clearly, he has been afflicted with a (so far) moderate case of SBD (Steve Blass Disease), also known to the inarticulate as “the Thing,” a being as different from us as one pole from another. i have to think he’ll get it figured out sooner or later, but the fact is, the entire team, with the exception of some of the starters, is playing like the Polish cavalry in 1939 right now. Twin scratched-out wins in a row is definitely better than two more losses but really, this inaugural season in the leaky, dystopically isolated Macondo Banana Massacre Field is not turning out the way Scrooge McLoria decreed that it must.

    • natstowngreg - May 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Funny how often things don’t turn out as you decreed them.

  6. maxt75 - May 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Miami has announced that they are demoting Bell after last nights performance. Bell was upset when first told about it but was ok after Guillen held a pizza party for him after the game.

  7. SmackSaw - May 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM


  8. captainwisdom8888 - May 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Kenny Fu**ing Powers

  9. foreverchipper10 - May 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    He looks like Harland Williams telling me he likes my pullover when in reality, it is a cardigan.

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