Yesterday, our colleagues over at Cubbies Crib posted this article about who, for the Cubs, would be next in line to be their closer after Brandon Morrow. So, we decided to roll with the idea as well.
Of all of the choices that we will feature, he has the most experience in the closer’s role. In his career, he has 44 career saves. He had three of those saves last season for the Rockies and he had double digit save numbers in 2014, for the Tampa Bay Rays, and in 2016, for the Rockies.
If you look at his career numbers, he is only 67.7 percent successful in his save attempts but in the two seasons in which he had double digit saves, his success rate was 79 percent or higher. Also, for example, last season he was 3-for-6 in save opportunities but that doesn’t tell the whole story. In the ninth inning of games last year, he pitched in 16 games with an ERA of 2.45 and an opponent batting average of .226 and an on-base percentage of .263.
However, he did not do as well in the role in 2016 (4.44 ERA, .292/.353/.491 opponent slash line).