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Kirk Gibson is (still) sticking with Addison Reed as the Diamondbacks’ closer

Jul 9, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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At this point I like to imagine that Diamondbacks beat reporter Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has the same routine so ingrained into his life that even on off days he wakes up, cooks a nice, sensible breakfast, and asks no one in particular “is Addison Reed still the closer?”

Today he asked that question of Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, which he’s done seemingly a dozen times before, and the answer was the same as always: Yes.

Reed remains in the ninth-inning role despite blowing his fifth save of the season yesterday, serving up his ninth home run in just 36.2 innings while his ERA ballooned to 4.42.

Reed has always been an extreme fly-ball pitcher, which made him a poor fit for Arizona’s ballpark when the Diamondbacks acquired him from the White Sox this offseason, and for all the talk of his top-notch raw stuff and his impressive-looking save totals the 25-year-old right-hander now has a 4.23 ERA in 170 innings as a big leaguer.

  1. fthrvic - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Has anyone been paying attention to the Dbacks season this year? Who else are they going to go with? Aside from the every day players not producing (sans Goldschmidt), their season has been an absolute disaster with pitching injuries starting with Corbin and Hernandez before Spring Training ever really got started and then the Cal Ripken of pitchers, Bronson Arroyo, goes on the DL for the first time in his career, not withstanding other pitching debacles like Trevor Cahill having to back to the freaking minors.

    I have to think that Gibson simply does not have any other options.

    • nsauser - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Will Gibson and Towers be able to play the injury card? Not Towers for sure. Gibson may get a pass but I highly doubt it. If anything, the injuries exposed the supreme lack of talent. Even with healthy pitchers, the Dbacks were in trouble from the start.

  2. kardshark1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Who needs “stuff” when you have grit?

  3. doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    “Reed remains in the ninth-inning role despite blowing his fifth save of the season yesterday, serving up his ninth home run in just 36.2 innings while his ERA ballooned to 4.42.”

    Joe Nathan is jealous

  4. gbrim - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    The other question Piecoro asks every day is, ‘is Kevin Towers still in the building?’. The answer there is always yes, too. Its like Groundhog Day around here….

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      but at least they’re consistent…

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