Havok1517 wrote:May 13, 2009
According to MLB.com, Joel Hanrahan is getting another shot at closing games.
Our View:The Nationals' bullpen has been awful and Manny Acta has gone back to the drawing board. Hanrahan has pitched well lately, but still has a bloated 6.28 ERA. Still he fans better than a batter per inning, and if Acta keeps his promise Hanrahan instantly has value once again.
Manager Manny Acta said it was time to "go back to square one" with the Nats' closing situation, the Washington Times reports. "Square one means that Hanrahan can get a chance again to maybe close ballgames," Acta said. "Because we have tried just about every one of those guys. And at the end of the game, you usually need a guy who can strike guys out. He's got more strikeouts than innings. He's had a few good outings. He hasn't walked a guy in, I think, his last five or six innings. Give him an opportunity, because we need a guy back there that can come in and make people swing and miss. But that's not etched in stone. It's still going to be Wells, Beimel and Hanrahan, too, for the ninth."
Recommendation: It sounds like Hanrahan's stuff is enough for him to get some more chances to close, but you know things are in flux when someone like Kip Wells remains in the mix.
This is still the latest official news, but tonight's game appears to have helped Hanrahan quite a bit. He pitched 2 shutout innings (9th and 10th), 1 BB, 1 H, 3 Ks, while Beimel gave up 3 runs and Wells gave up 4 runs. Hanrahan has allowed 2 runs in his last 9 IP (9 appearances). Over those 9 IP, he has 10Ks and 1BB, although he has allowed 13 hits. And as bad as he has been he has let in more than 1 ER only twice so far this year.