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  1. I think that Mark Melancon should be higher than Andrew Miller in the Red Sox closer grid.

    Comment by Zach — June 11, 2012 @ 10:40 am

  2. Any word on if or when Venters will regain the primary setup duties Atlanta? I bought low on him in a Holds league shipping out Chris Perez, hoping it pays off.

    Comment by Mr. Thell — June 11, 2012 @ 10:45 am

  3. I’m a Melancon believer, but given how his “brief trip” to Pawtucket lasted almost two months, I don’t think the Sox are completely sold on him being a late-inning guy right now.

    Miller has been used a lot by Bobby Valentine in the 7th/8th innings and has performed admirably– Melancon might leapfrog him over the next few weeks as he regains his footing, but if Aceves’ arm were to fall off tomorrow, I don’t think Melancon would be ahead of Miller for saves.

    Comment by Colin Zarzycki — June 11, 2012 @ 10:47 am

  4. At 60 games into the season, we can multiply counting stats by 2.7 to get an idea of what pace they are on. Venters (at 12 holds) is on pace for 32.4, which is only a couple less than last year.

    There has been a decided shift to move him to the 7th inning lately, which is probably a function of his rates (his ERA is inflated thanks to “unlucky” an BABIP and HR/FB) but he’ll probably work his way back into the 8th on a more regular basis soon enough.

    (Also, it’s not imperative he pitches the 8th given the way the hold stat is appropriated– for example, in 4 of the last 5 games where Venters has appeared in the 7th inning he was credited with a hold).

    Comment by Colin Zarzycki — June 11, 2012 @ 10:53 am

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