Anyone who has read the book Moneyball knows that one of the basic theories or principles of Billy Beane and Bill James is that any pitcher can be a closer. They feel that you can pull anyone off the street and they could pick up saves. We saw this theory or principal work this year with guys like Heath Bell, JP Howell, and Ryan Franklin. However, I have always disagreed with this theory or principal to an extent. I say to an extent because I agree that anyone can close a game...in the regular season. Any yodel can close a game in June against the Arizona Diamondbacks or the Kansas City Royals. However, it takes a special person to close out a game in the postseason. Not just anyone can close out a game in October. The Colorado Rockies found that out first-hand last night. In what wa ...
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Article written by Adam Bernacchio