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Mixed signals from Dodgers on closer

Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 4:50 pm
By Matt Snyder

After blowing his first save of the season -- in allowing two unearned runs after a Jamey Carroll error, mind you -- Jonathan Broxton has been removed as the primary closer for the Dodgers, according to general manager Ned Colletti. He said as much on KABC Los Angeles Tuesday. He noted that the Dodgers will use a trio of guys in closing situations: Hong-Chih Kuo. Vicente Padilla and Broxton.

Of course, manager Don Mattingly told Broxton he was still the Dodgers' closer, reports the LA Times . So either Colletti met with Mattingly and the two decided to leave Broxton in the role or the manager and general manager are not on the same page.

Though Broxton, 26, has only blown one save in six chances and it wasn't totally his fault, he hasn't been lights out by any measure. He has a 4.35 ERA and 1.84 WHIP through 11 outings. In 10 1/3 innings, the troubling items are 12 hits, two home runs and seven walks. Colletti implied the move to be less a demotion for Broxton than a way to help him regain his confidence.

Kuo, 29, is a lefty and had 12 saves last season with a sparkling 1.20 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. He struck out 73 in 60 innings. This season he's thrown just 2 2/3 innings, so it's such a small sample we can't really draw any conclusions.

Padilla, 33, has been primarily a starter throughout his career, with 237 of his career 323 appearances coming as starts. He does have two career saves, but those came back in 2000. He's only had two outings so far this season, after beginning the season on the disabled list.

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Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 5:00 pm

Mixed signals from Dodgers on closer

Yes Carroll booted the ball, after Broxtonfuer walked a batter and gave up a hit just prior!! Not only that his inability to hold the runner on at first allowed a huge lead and the hit and run which allowed the runner to land on third just before the Carroll play! Broxtonfuer is absolutely horrrrrible and the further from the mound he is the better. Maybe in his place they can grab a popcorn vender or somebody else with a bit more chance of actually getting through an inning.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 4:55 pm

Mixed signals from Dodgers on closer

Very true baseballguy247 -- Carroll did boot what would have been the 3rd out and Sands misjudged the ball that was the winning "hit"--both plays should have been the 3rd out...the first getting the save and the second at least preserving a tie.  That said, Broxton has not been overpowering this year and did allow another hit besides the one misplayed by Sands and walked 2 in the 9th yesterday.  Don't allow the first hit, change at least 1 of the BB to an out and Carroll and Sands don't get the opportunity to mess up.

Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 4:20 pm

Colletti: Dodgers to use closer by committee

how about carrol booting the 3rd out? not broxtens fault yesterday.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:47 pm

Colletti: Dodgers to use closer by committee

Thank God.....only about nine months too late.

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