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Only four closers have yet to blow a save this season

May 17, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

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This has been a rough first six weeks for closers, as half the teams in baseball have a new guy in the ninth-inning role due to poor performances and/or injuries.

Of the closers left standing only four guys have at least five saves without a blown save and showing someone the list before the season would have confused the hell out of them (and probably still does): Jim Johnson, Fernando Rodney, Jonathan Papelbon, Matt Capps.

Those four have combined to convert 43-of-43 save chances. The other 20 closers with at least five saves have converted 156-of-188 save chances, which works out to an 82 percent success rate that’s actually pretty typical across MLB most seasons.

But still: Matt Capps, Fernando Rodney, Jim Johnson, and Jonathan Papelbon.

Proven closers, y’all.

  1. Francisco (FC) - May 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    They all have testicles of your favorite mighty canine.

    • Utley's Hair - May 17, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Scooby Doo?

      • kopy - May 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Underdog.

      • Utley's Hair - May 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Rowlf…though he does have somebody’s hand up where other canines like to sniff—not that there’s anything wrong with that….

  2. delawarephilliesfan - May 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    I’ll beat the nay-sayer to the punch – Papelbon did have a loss in a tie game

    • Utley's Hair - May 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Well, yeah, and Chad Qualls has four blown saves…but he’s not a closer. Or much of a reliever, for that matter…

    • evanwins - May 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Yeah, but this article and these stats are about blown saves. So thanks for nothing.

      • delawarephilliesfan - May 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Yes….but an anti-Phillie troll would have said it, along with ton of trash as well. So I said it before they could, and said it plainly.

        Ohhhhh….you’re welcome!

      • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        Phillies fans are tough, but they usually fight fair.

  3. hansob - May 17, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    unfortunately, Capps is 0 for 2 in coming into a tie game and leaving with it still tied.

    • wlschneider09 - May 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      That’s true, and I’m guessing he hasn’t had a whole ton of save opps to blow either.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      We may be onto something here on why Managers don’t like to use their closers in a tie game on the road on the 9th inning or later…

  4. atworkident - May 17, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Dude…are you trying to jinx them??

  5. sdelmonte - May 17, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Goes to prove what I say about not really trusting any closer. Which is based entirely on gut feelings and years of being a Mets fan (where even the best of closers – Franco and Wagner – were utterly fallible).

    And goes to prove that most of the time, you might as well spend less on your closer and use that money for other positions. A moderately priced closer is often worth as much as a pricey one in the end.

  6. paperlions - May 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Saves are a dumb, largely meaningless stat…by default, so is the blown save.

  7. beanz33 - May 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Isnt Nathan 6-6?

    • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      I believe that Nathan has 8 saves in 9 save opportunities.

  8. ermur22 - May 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Papelbon blew a save against the Mets didn’t he?

    • Utley's Hair - May 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      No. The score was 2-2, and he gave up a three-run homer. No save situation there, so no blown save.

  9. undsputed - May 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    The thing about a few of these teams is that, in order to blow a save, you have to first have a lead.

  10. quonce - May 17, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Johnson has been great for O’s.

    I think he is on a 30 save streak going back to last year. It’s around there anyway.

    Go Os

    • Panda Claus - May 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      With today’s save Johnson’s streak is now @ 21 dating back to last season.

    • rockthered1286 - May 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      With a 0.48 ERA too. He’s been outstanding. And to think coming into this season there was speculation he’d make it to the rotation. No we sit on Arrieta, Chen, Matusz, Hammel and Hunter, with Britton on his way back (probably forcing Matusz or Hunter down) and a stud in Dylan Bundy about 1 1/2 out. Hunter aside, this is a young and very solid rotation with a solid bullpen (Strop, O’Day, JJ, Lindstrom…and I’m missing somebody else solid). This pitching staff has taken a full 180 and credit belongs to the Duke and moreso Rick Adair. He’s been a true hero for us.

  11. alienredsox - May 18, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    What do you think, are closers worth so big money for so few play in game?

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