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Chad Qualls will be the Astros’ full-time closer

May 16, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

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The closer-by-committee is no more. Via MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager Bo Porter says that Chad Qualls will be the team’s closer going forward.

“We have a lead in the ninth, Chad Qualls will get the ball,” Porter said. “He’s really been good of late and it actually looks like his [velocity] is back, his heavy sinker has been working — it’s ground ball after ground ball. If we have a lead and he’s available, he’ll get the ball.”

Qualls, Anthony Bass, Josh Fields, and Raul Valdes have all recorded at least one save for the Astros since the season started. The 35-year-old Qualls, however, has had the most success among them, posting a 3.55 ERA with a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings.

The Astros’ relief problems extend beyond just their closing situation, however. The bullpen’s aggregate 5.73 ERA is by far the worst in baseball, well ahead of the Blue Jays at 5.29.

  1. raynman49 - May 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Why would they need a closer?

    • alexo0 - May 17, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      So that they have one they could potentially flip at the deadline.

  2. gbrim - May 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Qualls failed as the closer in AZ, back when he had more stuff and greater velocity. He was much better suited to middle innings and similar low pressure situations even back then. Doubt much has changed for the better….

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