Tag:Aaron Laffey
Posted on: May 9, 2009 10:31 pm

Bull Pen Briefs

It's only been four days since the last entry so not much has changed atop the leader boards,  but there have been a few notes of interest.

The Seattle Mariners have activated young closer Brandon Morrow from the DL. This is a situation to keep to an eye on. Morrow, definately has the stuff, and was a starter but his usage will be closely monitored do his bicep tendinitis. There were concerns about his health even during spring training. I'd recommend that those in deep leagues and AL only leagues continue to handcuff Morrow with David Aardsma.

The Washington Nationals bullpen recieved some "relief" when they activated Joe Beimel from the DL. He's likely to get a couple opportunities to close games, but money is still in the Joel Hanrahan hat.

Top Ten Saves Leaders-

1- Francisco Cordero- 9sv, 14k, 2.08era, 1.31whip
2- Frank Francisco- 9sv, 13k, 0.00era, 0.75whip
3- Ryan Franklin- 9sv, 11k, 0.00era, 0.45whip
4- Francisco Rodriguez- 9sv, 16k, 1.32era, 1.02whip
5- Heath Bell-  8sv, 14k, 0.00era, 0.60whip
6- Jonathan Broxton- 8sv, 25k , 0.64era, 0.43whip
7- Brian Fuentes- 8sv, 15k, 5.91era, 1.59whip
8- Jonathan Papelbon- 7sv, 15k, 1.38era ,1.38whip
9- Chad Qualls- 7sv, 15k, 2.45era, 1.18whip
10- Joakim Soria- 7sv, 10k, 2.08era, 1.38whip

Surprise Saves of the Week-

1- Aaron Laffey- 2-0, 1sv, 3.60era, 1.52whip / Jensen Lewis- 2-3, 2sv, 5.521era, 1.64whip
It seems odd that on May 4th and May 6th, the Cleveland Indians decided to give save opportunities to pitchers other then their biggest free agent acqusition Kerry Wood. Well Wood did pitch on the 6th, giving up two runs and blowing the save opportunity. There isn't much reason for concern, but as we all know Wood has an extensive injury history. Keep an eye on this situation. For my money, Lewis would be the front runner.

Guys to Watch-

1-Andrew Bailey- 3-0, 1sv, 24k, 1.27era, 0.61whip- Maybe this is the guy that should be closing out games for the Oakland Athletics he's got the "stuff" to be the guy. But for now he's stuck in the set up role. Though you can't argue with those strike out numbers in any role.

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