Well-aware of the "Closers" thread, but nowhere (that I've seen) are closers listed in any sort of ranked order...especially the new guys. It has also been my understanding that to help keep the clutter out of the "Closers" threads, only legitimate situation updates are to be posted there, which this is not.
I appreciate the attempt at help, but I definitely think this is worth a thread of its own... Mods, if you disagree, feel free to lock this one up. Thanks!
"When you don't feel good and you still get hits, that's when you know you are a bad man." -Manuel A. Ramirez
Rodney and Hanrahan both have prototypical closer stuff, whereas Grabow is more of a 7th inning guy who happens to be on a team fireselling its relievers and w/ an injured closer in Matt Capps.
However, both Rodney and Hanrahan have huge control issues, something like 1 walk every 2 innings pitched. That kind of rate means that they are both going to be prone to the big inning where they walk the house and then give up a homer. Overall, Rodney gets the edge b/c Detroit is a better team and they consistently got Todd Jones 40+ saves a year, so no reason Rodney can't do the same even w/ an ERA in the high 3's or low 4's.
I'd rank them Hanrahan, Rodney, and Grabow. Rodney still is looking over his shoulder at Jones and Zumaya, and he hasn't even been that good this year to begin with. And Hanrahan's SP eligibility is huge. Allows you to have one more closer than your competition.
jmudukes2008 wrote:now its lookin like hanrahan, rodney, yates
Yep (unfortunately as I grabbed Grabow and someone else took Yates). And in response to the Rodney>Hanrahan debate, not only does Rodney have much more competition for the job but Hanrahan has a better ERA, WHIP, K/9, and K/BB numbers. Not to mention that Rodney has already failed at the closer role before.