Baseball playoffs are starting next week, so I figured I would take a break from Brett Favre for a little to address a major concern for many Phillies fans like myself. á The closer position. á Last year we had the luxury of perfection. á This year, we haven't been so fortunate. With Brad Lidge sporting a 7.21 ERA and 11 blown saves, the closer job is between Ryan Madson, J.A. Happ, Pedro Martinez, Brett Myers, or possibly even old Jose Mesa himself out of retirement. á So I thought to myself...do teams even need an effective closer to win a World Series? á I went back through the last 13 World Seriesùevery one since the wild-card format was instituted in 1995ùand checked the performances of each closer for the team that won the World Series. á I added up all their save opportuniti ...
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