A Look At Closers: NL Central

by on February 9, 2010   2 Comments

Is there any division with a more muddled bullpen picture than the NL central? Consider that the longest tenured closer in the central is Fransisco Cordero of the Reds at a whopping two full seasons in a Cincinnati uniform. In that time Cordero has racked up an impressive 73 saves(on losing teams) with 137ip, 136K’s and a combined era of 2.76. Cordero has proven himself reliable in both leagues to lock games down and give a strikeout or more per inning. Solid all the way around.

After Cordero we’ll look at the Brewers who at this point appear to be going with Trevor Hoffman. Not much can be said about Hoffman that hasn’t been said before, but it’s worth noting that he nearly duplicated many of his career best peripherals at the age of 41 last season and is really showing no signs of slowing. A k/9, bb/9 and h/9 all equal or better than his career averages at a point when, if we’re being honest, his career should be winding down. After Hoffman however, the Brewer bullpen is very short on closing experience. Latroy Hawkins and David Riske have some while Todd Coffey was once the closer-in-waiting for the Reds.  If Hoffman falters or gets hurt the back end of Brewers games are likely to be nail biters.