killerbeez wrote:WTF!! Why was Hanrahan chosen to pitch the 9th? Anything wrong with Bailey?
That's messed up. I have no clue. Bailey hasn't pitched in a couple days and I haven't heard of any injury.
Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Toronto that closer Andrew Bailey was unavailable for the ninth inning of Thursday night’s 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays due to biceps soreness. As a result, Joel Hanrahan — who ceded the job of closer to Bailey when he returned from the DL this week — ended up closing out the contest.
“Andrew was not available. Obviously, Joel closed out tonight’s ballgame. But [Bailey has] felt some discomfort in the bicep. He got on the mound a little bit before the game yesterday and felt the discomfort. Was still there today, so he was unavailable,” Farrell told reporters.
Asked if there was concern that the issue might sideline Bailey for more than a couple days, Farrell was optimistic.
“Hopefully not,” the manager told reporters. “He was able to put a ball in his hands, but it didn’t feel right, as he said, so we’re not going to take any chances with that, particularly with Joel being back healthy, but the most important thing is, this is a good series win.”
Does Heath Bell have any chance of usurping Hernandez as next in line in Arizona? I don't think he completely forgot how to pitch, no matter how bad he was last year; and he has a 16:3 K:bb ratio right now compared to a 2:1 k:bb walk last year.
bali dawgs wrote:Does Heath Bell have any chance of usurping Hernandez as next in line in Arizona? I don't think he completely forgot how to pitch, no matter how bad he was last year; and he has a 16:3 K:bb ratio right now compared to a 2:1 k:bb walk last year.
Arizona have used Matt Reynolds for saves when Putz and Hernandez have been unavailable so would think it would be him next in line. He has also been by far their best reliever and has yet to have a run scored on him with an excellent K/9.
worth noting? Mujica has given up a run in each of his last 2 games. still got the save because they had a big enough lead. have to think he has a pretty good leash though based on his results as a whole?
I personally don't care anymore. 2 days ago I traded Mujica and Parnell for Michael Saunders and Kenley Jansen. still have Reed/Valverde/Gregerson too. (16 team private league, deal put through). not that I expect Jansen to save, but I like Saunders.
I can't see St.louis using Martinez to close. I think even if Mujica was to lose the job, they would likely still go with Rosenthal next. Martinez could still be a good add in a deep league for K.
Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Carlos Martinez from Double-A Springfield. The Cards still have high hopes for Martinez as a starter, but they're desperate for bullpen help right now and think the top prospect can help. Ranked by Baseball America prior to the season as the No. 38 prospect in the game, Martinez has posted a 2.74 ERA with 277 strikeouts over 259 2/3 career minor league innings. The Dominican has touched 100 mph as a starter, so he's going to add plenty of heat to the St. Louis bullpen. For the time being, he seems likely to work the seventh inning ahead of Trevor Rosenthal and Edward Mujica.