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Who is the Dodgers' closer?

Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:20 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked what appeared to be a pretty simple question before his team's game against the Rockies on Monday: Who is the Dodgers' closer?

"How do I know?" Mattingly answered, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Vicente Padilla and Kenley Jansen are all on the disabled list.

Matt Guerrier and Mike MacDougal both have saves this season, but Mattingly said he'd rather keep those two pitching in the middle innings -- and as a safety net if one of his younger relievers gets in trouble and have to leave in the middle of an inning.

That leaves him with Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert and Rubby De La Rosa as the choice to close. All three have recently been called up from the minors.Combined, the three have pitched 39 1/3 innings in the big leagues -- and 30 1/3 of those belong to the lefty Elbert, who appeared in 19 games for the Dodgers in 2009.

The three have pitched well enough in their limited appearances so far.

Elbert, 25, had given up just one hit and a walk, while striking out five in four scoreless innings before Monday, when he allowed a hit and a walk, but no runs or outs in his six-pitch outing. He was rescued by Guerrier, just as Mattingly said he wanted to do.

Guerra, 25, came into Monday's game having allowed four hits and two walks in six innings, allowing two runs, while walking two and striking out four. He earned a save last week against the Astros.

De La Rosa, 22, picked up the win in his last outing, Friday against the Marlins when he allowed a run on two hits in two innings of work. It was just the second outing of his career, having made his big-league debut three days earlier with a scoreless inning against the Astros. The hard-throwing right hander was 7-2 with a 2.37 ERA and six saves last season at Class A and Double-A.

Mattingly didn't need to tip his hand Monday, as the Dodgers led 7-1 going into the ninth, a non-save situation. However, Guerra finished out the game for Los Angeles, allowing two hits, but no runs, in his inning of work.

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Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:04 am
 

Who is the Dodgers' closer?

Maybe someone should pray for you Stevephoenix because of a comment like that! The Dodgers are just as good as your Diamondbacks, its just that the Diamondbacks are hot right now! That will end soon enough and they will drop back out of first!




Since: Dec 20, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:11 am
 

Who is the Dodgers' closer?

All the Dodgers need to do is keep the bats lit up and then we dont have to have an official closer. With everything going on at the ravine i am surprise that we are not in last place. McCourt, I am counting the days when your "regin" is over and we can have the dodgers back!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Who is the Dodgers' closer?

I will pray for who every takes over as the Dodgers closer because it won't be easy taking over for a bad team like this.


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