Is it time to move Johnson from the closer role?

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#61 Russ



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 05:06 PM

This is interesting since his lack of Ks and inability to miss bats has been a complaint many of us(and national guys) have had on him.


Now, he is trying to do it(im guessing for financial reasons long term"?) and its not working for him as well.

I think it's just as likely that he realizes he's been sucking ass and he is trying to up his game.  I'm not sure when that scout saw him, but if what he said is true then it's fixable.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:25 AM


1. Do the Orioles stick with Jim Johnson as closer?


Two days after blowing his sixth save, Johnson followed Rivera's ninth inning with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to record his MLB-leading 30th save. Of course, that "MLB-leading" part is misleading, as Johnson has those six blown saves and seven losses to go with a 3.92 ERA. Buck Showalter is obviously sticking with Johnson for now, but after losing just one game heading into the ninth inning last year, the Orioles already have lost seven. Some have called for Tommy Hunter to get a chance, but he has allowed seven home runs and a .511 slugging percentage to left-handed batters. Looks like the O's will live and die with Johnson.


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