from OC Register.http://angels.ocregister.com/2011/01/14 ... day/71024/
The Angels will go into camp without what we might call a true closer. Rather, they’ll have at least three, and perhaps five guys who could close but who would be back-to-back blown saves away from losing fans’ faith. Unless one guy takes the job and runs away with it, it has the potential to be a simmering closer controversy, all season long, as fans (and I) flit from one preference to another.
Might as well start now.
* Pros: Ridiculous strikeout rate in MLB last year; 101 mph; closer of the future, so future might as well start now.
* Cons: His minor league stats look like Fernando Rodney, except against Double-A competition; only 15 big league innings.
* Pros: Ninth-best ERA in baseball over past three years, ahead of Rafael Soriano, Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell, Brian Wilson…
* Cons: He’s 35 but still hasn’t earned his Proven Closer merit badge. He has a pretty big platoon split in his career, though not so bad since he converted to relief.
* Pros: After converting to relief full-time in August, he had a 1.32 ERA in 24 appearances, and went eight for eight in save opportunities.
* Cons: He can throw multiple innings and might even be the Angels’ sixth starter in a pinch, and restricting him to a save-defined role would waste his versatility; no merit badge.
* Pros: He’s been burned by unlucky BABIPs the past two years, but his 2.95 FIP the past two years puts him up among the best relievers in the game. Great stuff, another closer-of-the-future type, etc.
* Cons: Yeah, I know. Not one of you is going to vote for Jepsen, not with his 4.43 career ERA and wildness last season. I think he’d be fine, though.
* Pros: Proven Closer.
* Cons: Proven Not Very Good Pitcher. Hasn’t had an ERA under 4 since 2006, and strikeout rate is plummeting.