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how do closers work

Postby kickureface » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:56 pm

sometimes papelbon or krod dont even play in the game, are they being rested and some other closer is starting?

how do i know if theyre gonna play or not or if they're goonna have a good chance for a SV opportunity?
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Re: how do closers work

Postby h2wm » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:40 pm

Closer usually just come in during save situations, which is when the team is down by three or fewer runs. But sometimes that isn't the case.

There is no way to know beforehand if there is an increased or decreased chance for a save really. You just have to plug in your relievers anytime they play because they could pick up a save.
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Re: how do closers work

Postby ROC AllStars » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:46 pm

There is no hard and fast rule, as the opportunity for a save cannot be predicted. Most closers will appear in 60-80 games but only have between 35-45 SV opportunities. The only semi-predictable thing about CP's is that they generally won't pitch more than three games back to back, but even this is subject to change. Most MLB managers will bring their closer in a non-save situation if they have had a few days off to keep them sharp.
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Re: how do closers work

Postby Neato Torpedo » Fri May 15, 2009 11:28 pm

Pitchers rarely pitch 3 days in a row, so if a team gets SV opportunities on 3 straight days, they often hand the ball over to the 8th inning guy to fill in for a day. On the other side of things, if a team goes several days without a SV opportunity (either losing games or winning by a lot), then the team usually brings the closer to pitch an inning even when there's no save to be had, so that he doesn't get rusty from not being used.

There's really no way to "predict" save opportunities, so your best bet is to just pitch them every day. If one of your closers is struggling, keep tabs on him to make sure he's going to keep his job (if you get worried, just consult the 2009 Closers Thread in the Baseball Leftovers section of this site).
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