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  1. Harper a top-10 OF for the rest of 2014

    Eric Karabell

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list to face the Colorado Rockies on Monday, and figures to be in the lineup in left field, hitting anywhere from ... well, why bother to guess? Rookie manage...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  2. What to do with Joey Votto

    Eric Karabell

    The Cincinnati Reds lost another close game Wednesday, as San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong -- not exactly Roger Clemens -- registered a career-best nine strikeouts in a 3-2 win, and they're now closer to last place in the NL Central t...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  3. Closer Report: Papelbon's woes

    Eric Karabell

    Honestly, if closers keep pitching the way they have so far this season, we're going to need to devote a daily column to it. On Monday, those fellows were a mess. On Tuesday, it was a bit quieter. On Wednesday, an incredible six closers blew saves, s...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  4. Opening Day closer shake-ups

    Eric Karabell

    If the first full day of the 2014 major league season is any indication, it's going to be a ridiculous season for big league closers, more so than normal. In a span of a few hours Monday there was one news item after another affecting the crazy world...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  5. Bullpen Report: Who closes in Texas?

    Eric Karabell

    Of the few closer situations that still have some degree of uncertainty, what's happening with the Texas Rangers should be of special interest. After all, the Rangers remain pretty good, having won 90 or more games four consecutive seasons, and simil...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  6. Bullpens: Top 10 closers-in-waiting

    Eric Karabell

    A year ago, it was pretty clear that at some point Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would come to his senses and reward awesome right-handed power pitcher Kenley Jansen with the closer role. After all, we had already seen what Brandon League...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  7. Bits: Grant Balfour ineffective of late

    Eric Karabell

    Oakland Athletics right-hander Grant Balfour saw his first action of the week in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. It wasn't a save opportunity, but Balfour hadn't pitched since Friday, when he needed 35 pitches to close out the Houston As...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  8. Bullpen Report: Is Uehara a top-5 closer?

    Eric Karabell

    One could argue that no relief pitcher is playing a larger role in the pennant races these days than Boston Red Sox right-hander Koji Uehara. The Red Sox scored off the great Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning late Thursday night -- his sixth blown s...

    Blog | September 06, 2013
  9. Bits: Closer situations surprisingly stable

    Eric Karabell

    The closing situation for the Los Angeles Angels might seem up for reasonable debate, but rest assured that right-hander Ernesto Frieri is the preferred choice for manager Mike Scioscia. Yes, setup man Dane De La Rosa saved Tuesday's victory, but onl...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  10. Bullpen Report: Brothers 'the man' again

    Eric Karabell

    Colorado Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt probably deserved a better fate this week in Philadelphia, but now it's reasonable to ask if Thursday night was the last time we'll see the Venezuelan right-hander pitch. Betancourt blew the save in Wednesday...

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  11. Closer Report: Papelbon's future value

    Eric Karabell

    Angry Philadelphia Phillies fans and Cole Hamels fantasy owners lit up Twitter with venom on Thursday night, directed at struggling closer Jonathan Papelbon, and I admit I might have helped fuel the fire a bit. Papelbon blew his sixth save of the sea...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  12. How trade deadline can shuffle bullpens

    Eric Karabell

    Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek is on quite the roll, having saved three games at Coors Field already this week and 15 consecutive overall since the first week of June. Cishek boasts a strong ERA and WHIP and is on pace for the rare 30-plus save se...

    Blog | July 26, 2013
  13. Future in doubt for Jason Grilli

    Eric Karabell

    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jason Grilli entered Monday as the No. 2 closer on the ESPN Player Rater, but when the day ended he had left his save opportunity with a few more runs allowed and a sore forearm, with his future in doubt and with plent...

    Blog | July 23, 2013
  14. Closer Report: Midseason awards

    Eric Karabell

    Back in March, there was little indication fantasy owners would need to pay attention to -- or own -- the likes of Kevin Gregg, Koji Uehara and Francisco Rodriguez, but here we are days before the All-Star break and those guys are certainly a whole l...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  15. Closer Report: Mo's WHIP; Bailey's woes

    Eric Karabell

    One should never root for rain at a parade or for a speaker to flub a speech, but the fact is these things do occasionally happen. Good stories take turns in the other direction, whether we want them to or not. And so it is that we must deal with a b...

    Blog | June 21, 2013
  16. Bits: A's rotation continues to sparkle

    Eric Karabell

    The first Oakland Athletics pitcher chosen in ESPN average live drafts prior to this season was not one of the current members of the stellar rotation or closer Grant Balfour. It was brittle left-hander Brett Anderson, who is trying to recover from h...

    Blog | June 13, 2013