Skin Blues wrote:I think there are fifty million reasons that Papelbon is as rock solid as anyone. Hanrahan is also solid, if not rock solid. Betancourt is solid. Best relief pitcher in baseball the past 2 years (highest K/BB, lowest SIERA) and no competition now that Street is gone. Chris Perez is realllly shaky, like everyone has said. Pestano is much better and I imagine will take over at some point.
Yeah, I'm not sure anyone is as "rock solid" as Papelbon. Also agree that Betancourt is a beast, very under the radar of just how good he is.
Nice effort and thanks!
Here are my thoughts from a NL only perspective:
Papelbon - should be Rock Solid
because the Phillies just spent 50M on him to be their closer so his leash is going to be as long as anyone's. He has averaged 35 saves, 2.849 ERA, 1.1307 WHiP, and 10.6 K/9 over the last 3 years.
Storen - should be Rock Solid
. In his second year in the Bigs he registered 45 saves, 2.700 ERA, 1.0857 WHiP, and 8.7 K/9 in 2011.
Madson - should be Rock Solid
. Madson proved last year that he can handle the pressure of closing games out. He only had 2 blown saves all of last year while totaling 32 saves and that's without starting in the closing role (but he finished in that role). He has averaged 2.827 ERA, 1.1466 WHiP, and 9.6 K/9 over the last 3 years.
Axford - should be Rock Solid
. He came up in 2009 and had 7 appearances that year. In 2010 he split time closing with Trevor Hoffman and posted very solid peripherals to go along with 24 saves. His stats in 2011 were 46 saves (2 BS) ,1.967 ERA,1.1475 WHiP, and 10.6 K/9.
Hanrahan - should be Rock Solid
. Hanrahan's has shown enough consistency over the last two to warrant Rock Solid. He has 4 straight years of a declining walk rate. Sure he'll probably regress from last year's stats but that's mostly because of how outstanding they were. He registered 40 saves, 1.847 ERA,1.0557 WHiP, and 8.0 K/9 in 2011.
Betancourt - should be Solid
. He stole the closer's job from Street at the end of last year. His elite control and walk rate (8 walks over 60 inn each of the last 2 seasons) indicates there is a very high probability of success going forward. He has averaged 3.133 ERA, 0.9779 WHiP, and 11.0 K/9 over the last 3 years.