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  1. Shutdowns, meltdowns and blown saves can be accumulated by anyone in the bullpen, not just the “designated closer”. As such they don’t necessarily tell us much about what is going on with the closer role specifically.

    Comment by mcbrown — June 1, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  2. It’s all the AL East’s fault. The BoSox closers blew up something awful for the entire first week of the season and then Mo went down in NY. Since, as we all know, New York and Boston are the stars around which the sports media revolves we immediately began the narrative that the closing situation around all of MLB is somehow less stable than in years’ past. Throw in turnover at the “position” on both LA teams and you’ve got the complete package. What happens in flyover country just doesn’t matter.

    Comment by NatsFan73 — June 1, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

  3. I came back as Santiago Casilla, and I am now better than Brian Wilson.

    Eat it, Beard.

    Comment by Jairo Garcia — June 1, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

  4. It hasn’t been my perception that closers have been worse this year (i.e. meltdowns), but it definitely has been my perception that there have been a lot more injuries and removal from the role as closers. That’s what I was assuming this article would be about.

    Comment by taprat — June 1, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

  5. In the rate chart, having the “individuals with…” number to the 0.001 digit would clarify the actual values. Comparing 0.03 to 0.03 is misleading, as the difference can be as large as 40% of the smaller value.

    Comment by Miles — June 1, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

  6. This sentence isnt fully correct “Ryan Madson, Soria and Wilson went down before they could even save a game have helped fuel that perception” Brian Wilson did not start the season on the DL actually he had a save in colorado.

    Comment by Fan — June 1, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

  7. i wonder whether you’d benefit by adding the condition: given the player is the annointed closer (or closer+set up man)…and then see what the numbers say. i say this because, if i read this correctly, SD and MD are game dependent and anyone in the bullpen can accrue them. of course, this assumes the fantasy/save-centric viewpoint.

    Comment by cable fixer — June 1, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  8. What about Drew Storen Mr. Nats73. And Heath Bell being shaky in Miami.

    Comment by yo-yo — June 1, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  9. i would venture to guess that after a good season of performance from relievers league-wide would suggest that the next season would not have as good a performance (league-wide).

    due to regression to the mean as well as over-work.

    Comment by mooseman1710 — June 1, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

  10. The thing is, I seem to remember commentary about them falling apart last year too. How do these 2 years compare to other years?

    Comment by Wade8813 — June 3, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

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