MLB Closer Watch 2013 NEW
Every MLB and Minor League Bullpen Situation
Who's closing, who's next in line, and who's a future sleeper? Our new expanded Closer Watch shows the up-to-date state of every bullpen in MLB and how it's been performing lately, all in a single glance.
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The late innings have become a little more conventional in the post-LaRussa era, though all that leaning on closer Jason Motte seems to have broken the poor guy's elbow. But the Cardinal bullpen is still young and strong, with many good options to fall back on, all the way down to A-ball if necessary. Mitch Boggs fell off a cliff early in the year, but the current Mujica-Rosenthal setup looks capable in some order or other, with Mujica the nastier, and Rosenthal (whether starter or reliever) looking like the best long-term talent in the bunch. September fill-in John Axford only makes the team's depth more impressive, and it's not inconceivable he could stick around as 2014's reclamation project, either.
Closer Watch key and words of caution: Bolded names are best-bets to be closing for the immediate future; other pitchers are sorted from backup options right now (usually setup or short-relievers) to less-likely or future candidates. The order is hand-chosen and updated only every week or two based on who we would bet on, ourselves, for the future. Data is much more current than commentary, and readers may draw their own different conclusions based on the data displayed here or elsewhere. Game by game graphs show up to ten most recent outings for each pitcher, scored from poor (one red dot) to excellent (four green dots), based on counting stats, with special bonus points for saves and holds. Closers with more than a couple of red dots probably won't be closing much longer. Rate stats are shown for up to ten of a pitcher's most recent outings. Players whose most recent outing was in the minor leagues are labeled with the level of that most recent appearance. A gray star indicates a prospect who is also tracked as a prospect at ScoutingBook.com. Disabled List status is courtesy published MLB information and may lag behind conventional wisdom by a day or two. Pitchers who have thrown two, three or more days in a row, including yesterday, are flagged as 'Tired'. Data auto-publishes several times per day from Scouting Book's own data feeds, but can lag behind reality, and sometimes gets further delayed by gremlins, especially when feeding after midnight.