Game 92, Red Sox at Mariners

marc w · July 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Ryan Dempster, 12:40pm

Early game today for getaway day. This series was looking so good a few innings into the game on Tuesday. Oh well.

The M’s are bringing up Erasmo Ramirez to start today’s game, as we expected. Because they DFA’d Jeremy Bonderman, the M’s still have an open spot, and it’s looking like they’ll let Lucas Luetge stick around until Stephen Pryor’s done with his rehab, which should be soon. That’s good news, because, as expected, the M’s sent down Carter Capps following last night’s game. Pryor pitched a simulated game yesterday, so he’s obviously getting close. Capps clearly has some mechanical things to work on, but I figure we’ll see him again at some point this year.

Ryan Dempster’s a familiar face, and though his walk rate’s slipped this year, he’s still capable of getting strikeouts and whiffs thanks to a pair of breaking balls. He throws an 90mph fastball and backs it up with a slider and a splitter that functions a lot like a change. Like Doubront last night, Dempster doesn’t limit the slider to righties and the split to lefties; he’ll throw any pitch to any hitter. To me, the split’s his best pitch, as it generates quite a few whiffs, and while his slider can miss bats, he’s hung quite a few of them. Since the start of 2012, he’s given up 15 homers on sliders. The split’s also helped him to post even or even reverse splits in recent years, and he’s struck out a higher percentage of lefties than righties over his (long) career. Like just about any pitcher, he likes to pitch away, and gets hurt when he misses his spots and leaves a pitch middle-in.

Erasmo Ramirez tantalized with a brilliant 2012 season, but missed several months with forearm tightness/elbow pain. Just when we thought it was all but inevitable he’d have to have TJ surgery, he was back in Tacoma, mowing down PCL line-ups. In recent starts, he’s been a lot less exciting, yielding more runs on a lot more walks. But his velocity appears to be back, and at least *some* of those struggles may have been because the M’s wanted him to work on certain things. In his most recent start, a rather ugly game in Salt Lake in which he walked six in 5+ innings, he used his change-up sparingly, if at all. It may have been because he wasn’t commanding it, but he wasn’t commanding much of anything on the night. It wouldn’t be the first time a pitcher in the minors has had specific instruction to focus on a particular pitch – Danny Hultzen’s thrown fewer change-ups at times than I’m sure he’d like to in AAA so the M’s can assess the progress of his slider. Ramirez’s change was stunningly good in 2012, and getting a pitcher who can pitch to righties and lefties and get whiffs from both is a boon to the M’s rotation.

Line-up:
1: Miller, 2B
2: Chavez, RF
3: Ibanez, LF
4: Morales, DH
5: Seager, 3B
6: Smoak, 1B
7: Zunino, C
8: Saunders, CF
9: Ryan, SS
SP: Erasmoooooo

Chance Ruffin looks like he’s headed up to AAA Tacoma to take Erasmo’s spot in the rotation. The reliever-turned-starter has had an up and down season in AA – he started off well, limiting runs despite not many Ks, but he may be tiring. That wouldn’t be a big shock given that he hasn’t started since early in his college career.

Nick Franklin was pulled from yesterday’s game in the 7th due to knee pain, and he’ll sit out today’s game as well. I know, I know: at the time, it was 9-0, so there was no point in keeping him out there, but this lingering injury’s annoying because there’s at least a chance that Franklin would be feeling better if he was pulled from the game when it happened. Instead of icing it to reduce swelling, Wedge ran him out there, thinking that it was a good test of character and a chance to get experience playing through pain. Great.

Comments

94 Responses to “Game 92, Red Sox at Mariners”

  1. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 12:31 pm

    Ackley has two hits in his last two at bats (last nights being a double that he hit like a bullet) and he is not starting against a RHP, but Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez are starting.

    Is there a reasonable explanation for this? I might even be interested to hear an unreasonable explanation for this – because the only thought permeating my feeble mind is:

    WTF, Wedge?!

  2. MoreMariners on July 11th, 2013 12:32 pm

    I’m with you on that last point. In 18 PAs since he fouled the ball off of his knee, he’s struck out 10 times and had a .556 OPS. You could see him visibly in pain when he was swinging the bat.

    Say what you want about Wedge, but his need for “grit” and playing for pain is ridiculous. Look what happened with Morse because he refused to put him on the DL.

    Makes you wonder about Smoak playing through his thumb injury, Ackley and Ryan with their bone spurs…who knows what else? Why let a player play a few games injured to make the injury worse while playing bad?

  3. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 12:33 pm

    The only thing that comes to mind is the M’s are intent on getting as much value for Ryan as possible near the deadline and they want him to play some when the opportunity arises. He did hit a bomb last night, which had to make Z happy as in….”oh yeah, he has occasional power as well”…LOL. Obviously no one is going to pick him up for his bat.

  4. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 12:37 pm

    There are some of the Mariners that I question their “grittiness”. Franklin, as he has demonstrated quite clearly, I believe, is not one of them. This kid is tough and a gamer! Should have given him a couple days to attend to the knee.

  5. Snuffy on July 11th, 2013 12:37 pm

    Ackley not starting… unless Ackley is hurting, the only good reason for Ryan & Endy starting is that they are being showcased before the deadline. Otherwise, it’s just yet another reason Wedge needs to go.

  6. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 12:38 pm

    Totally agree Snuffy. That can be the only reason. Last night with Wilhelmson as well. Although, he didn’t do himself any favors….again.

  7. pgreyy on July 11th, 2013 12:42 pm

    Welcome back, Eras–ohhh…

  8. Westside guy on July 11th, 2013 12:47 pm

    I really do not trust this team’s management of young players – and I think they’re badly mismanaging Ackley right now.

    I suspect they are definitely showcasing players; but the audience isn’t trade partners, it’s the owners – and the players being showcased are Z’s draftees. Z wants to distract attention from the fact that drafting is pretty much ALL he’s done right.

  9. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 12:53 pm

    If all Z did was run the minor league program and lead the draft, I think we’d all be very happy with the arrangement. Beyond that he has shown mostly incompetency.

  10. Westside guy on July 11th, 2013 12:55 pm

    Update: I think I know why Chavez is playing – he’s 3-4 with 2 walks against Dempster.

    Wedge does so love his meaningless player vs. pitcher stats…

  11. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 12:57 pm

    I will give him that. Just would rather see Ackley hit than Ryan. I think that is a simple and honest request.

  12. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 1:00 pm

    I want a Dustin Ackley gnome

  13. Westside guy on July 11th, 2013 1:05 pm

    Somehow the fact that they’re making a Dustin Ackley Gnome for a promotion makes perfect sense, given the player.

  14. Westside guy on July 11th, 2013 1:10 pm

    All right Seager!

  15. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 1:10 pm

    There isn’t a scout alive who doesn’t already know what Ryan and Chavez bring to the table. Although I do agree that players are “showcased” – I don’t think that has anything to do with Ackley not starting today. He could have started at 2B with Miller at SS or in CF with Saunders in RF.

    The chances of Ryan going deep in back to back games are probably pretty low.

    Seags!

  16. djw on July 11th, 2013 1:13 pm

    Nice play by Gomes there, but it’s encouraging to see that kind of opposite field power from Smoak’s bat.

  17. pgreyy on July 11th, 2013 1:13 pm

    Nice hit Seager. Good catch by Gomes.

    (…and honestly, as far as line-ups go…a day game after a night game usually has some non-traditional line-ups to “spell” some of the guys. I’m certainly not a Wedge fan, but today’s line-up is minor pudding compared to the meal of other reasons I think he needs to go.)

  18. jjenson on July 11th, 2013 1:14 pm

    How close was Smoaks hit to being a HR? I am listening on the radio and couldn’t tell.

    Nice job Seager I love that man.

  19. marc w on July 11th, 2013 1:16 pm

    I’m with you pgreyy, but the Franklin thing is more than a little irksome. It’s not like they wanted to just give him an off-day, the injury took him out of the game last night (according to Greg Johns), and essentially necessitated the off-day today. Ackley sitting for Saunders, that’s not too bad. But Ryan’s playing not because they’re showcasing him, but because their starting 2B’s banged up.

  20. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 1:17 pm

    Absolutely a good sign that Smoak hit the ball to deep LF. I am at home watching the game and the replay they showed (from behind the batter) .,. he hit the ball that way on purpose and did a great job “going with” the pitch. It’s a great sign that he isn’t trying to pull everything, right now.

  21. pgreyy on July 11th, 2013 1:22 pm

    MOVE THE FENCES UP!!!

  22. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 1:22 pm

    Nice job Milsy!!!

  23. Section329 on July 11th, 2013 1:22 pm

    YO, Brad. Dave is right-sample size be damned.

  24. marc w on July 11th, 2013 1:22 pm

    To quote Dave Cameron, “Brad Miller!”

  25. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 1:23 pm

    If Smoak had hit the ball 5′ further, I think it would have been both out of the reach of the LF’er and it also would have cleared the fence. Just a guess, but certainly near the 5′ distance.

  26. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 1:25 pm

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!

    Nice inning.

  27. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 1:26 pm

    Nice agility by Jim Joyce

  28. pgreyy on July 11th, 2013 1:26 pm

    And now “WedgeIsAGenius” will be trending on Twitter…

  29. Westside guy on July 11th, 2013 1:26 pm

    I find Wedge (or the organization’s) handling of Franklin’s knee issue problematic not in isolation, since anyone can make a mistake; but because they consistently seem to mismanage players with these non-major injuries.

  30. GhostofMarinersPast on July 11th, 2013 1:29 pm

    Love it. Dempster is approaching 60 pitches. Make em work, boys!

  31. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 1:31 pm

    Does anybody recognize this team?

    Asdrubal Cabrera SS
    John Jaso C
    Adam Jones CF
    David Ortiz DH
    Adrian Beltre 3B
    Shin Soo Choo RF
    Mike Carp 1B
    Luis Valbuena 2B
    Willie Bloomquist LF

    Bob Melvin MGR
    Pat Gillick GM

    SP
    Cliff Lee
    Doug Fister
    R.A. Dickey
    Brandon Morrow
    Michael Pineda

    RP
    Steve Delabar
    Brandon League
    Eric O’Flaherty
    Shawn Kelley
    Matt Thornton
    Rafael Soriano

  32. Section329 on July 11th, 2013 1:37 pm

    Westie-remember that the picture on Wedge’s wall is of John Wayne. Enough said.

    Also, by way of innocent gossip, one of the m”s people told me last night the team is eating gluten-free-and the King has his own chef (as well he deserves. After last night, I was hoping they would return to good ole wheat.

  33. dnc on July 11th, 2013 1:37 pm

    Why post that? Every single organization could post a list of former players. We’re all aware of who used to play for us.

  34. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 1:38 pm

    Is this the team of ‘never was’ that had 2 GM’s hands involved with the dismantling … Assuming a team of ‘never-was’ could actually be dismantled?

    It actually resembles a pretty decent team until Valbuena and Bloomquist (in LF).

    I think we all understand the point. Sometimes doing less is more until it can all not be done with nothing.

  35. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 1:42 pm

    That was the point. Our last two GM’s have been problematic to say the least. Just think if we could have even retained 25% of these guys we let get away. We have to be right at the top of the league in stupidity when it comes to the FO.

  36. Westside guy on July 11th, 2013 1:45 pm

    There are numerous people I’d rather have seen jettisoned than Mike Carp… but he’s still due for some significant regression, given that his BABIP is currently sitting at .408.

  37. dnc on July 11th, 2013 1:46 pm

    Except it doesn’t work that way. You can’t count Brandon Morrow AND Brandon League because you never have Brandon League if you don’t trade Brandon Morrow. Ditto Valbuena and Carp, and others on the list if I looked at it harder I’m sure. And that’s before you get into things like 40 man and 25 man roster issues. You can’t just make a list of former players and say “we should have kept these guys”.

    Bavasi was an idiot, no question, but there’s no real scenario where that team your are listing would ever be the actual Mariners.

  38. Westside guy on July 11th, 2013 1:48 pm

    I am only listening to the game, and only partially paying attention – so how is Ramirez looking?

  39. dnc on July 11th, 2013 1:49 pm

    Better than Dempster :)

    (okay, okay, not watching it either sorry man)

  40. JasonJ on July 11th, 2013 1:59 pm

    He looks pretty good. Dialed it up to 95 and appears to be locating well for the most part (I say this just as he hits Carp on an 0-2 pitch).

  41. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 1:59 pm

    DNC….I totally agree about the trade issues, where we had this guy and gave up on the that guy. What I am pointing out is that we sent these 20 players packing (or didn’t work hard enough to keep them)….notice I didn’t have A-Roid on the list.

    But….you said ” Every single organization could post a list of former players”.

    If every team made a list of 20 players they used to have…..would 50% be all-stars? I’m confident there aren’t any, but I could be wrong.

  42. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 2:00 pm

    Oh yeah….here is the list.

    Adrian Beltre
    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Steve Delabar
    R.A. Dickey
    Adam Jones
    Brandon League
    Cliff Lee
    David Ortiz
    Rafael Soriano
    Matt Thornton

  43. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 2:02 pm

    Delabar is rumoured to be Yu Darvish’s replacement.

  44. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:05 pm

    In the all star game?

  45. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:07 pm

    Frak!!!!

    Beaning Carp on 0-2 is killing Erasmo.

  46. Section329 on July 11th, 2013 2:08 pm

    Yep, Delabar is on the vote me in list for all stars. Glad for the teacher.

  47. dnc on July 11th, 2013 2:08 pm

    There’s four relievers on that list, two starters and four position players. Sure, I’d love to have a couple of the relievers back, but relief All-Stars are just not the same as other All-Stars, IMO.

    The guys that really hurt are Cabrera and Jones – they were young and cost-controlled when we let them go and didn’t have much to show for it. I guess you could say the same thing about Ortiz, but he wasn’t David Ortiz when we let him go, literally or figuratively. Hard to get too upset about that one.

  48. JasonJ on July 11th, 2013 2:09 pm

    Here we go again. Can never count the Red Sox out.

  49. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 2:11 pm

    True. David wasn’t David back then. But to lose these guys (All-Star Game participants) when they were OURS in the farm system just kills me:

    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Adam Jones
    David Ortiz
    Rafael Soriano
    Matt Thornton

    Plus Morrow

  50. bookbook on July 11th, 2013 2:16 pm

    I’d rather move Elias up to AAA than Ruffin, especially right now, as Ruffin is struggling in AA.

  51. Section329 on July 11th, 2013 2:17 pm

    Jon Shea tweets that LH Matt Moore is replacing Yu in the all star game.

  52. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:18 pm

    Endy coming out. Leg. Ackley now?

  53. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:21 pm

    I think Ruffin is still getting special treatment because he was a trade chip (or chippee) – and that is just a sad fact of how this regime works. And, most others as well. There is no such thing as equal treatment for all

  54. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 2:21 pm

    I am pretty sure there aren’t more than a couple of teams that have missed this badly…OVER and OVER again.

    Never mind trading away Mike Hampton, Carlos Guillen, Brian Fuentes, Shin Soo-Choo, Omar Visquel, Tino Martinez, George Sherrill, Derek Lowe for NOTHING!!

    I can’t even bring myself to type the worst of all time (In fact….voted the worst in the modern era by Sports Illustrated a year ago) so sad

  55. Section329 on July 11th, 2013 2:23 pm

    And Delabar won the vote:)

  56. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 2:24 pm

    Forever for hard core Mariner’s fans, Heathcliff Fu*^ing Slocum will be an enduring punchline. LOL

  57. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:25 pm

    Ackley kinda cruised into home in 4th gear – on a play ghat looked like it might be pretty close. He has a real good innate sense on the base paths. I really hope we get a chance to see a lot more of it. Either that, or 5th gear is on the Frits.

  58. djw on July 11th, 2013 2:26 pm

    Smoak’s unlucky today.

  59. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:26 pm

    Smoak hit a bullet and Pedroia short hopped it.

    Nice play – you little bastard.

  60. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 2:26 pm

    Smoak is seeing the ball REALLY well right now

  61. JasonJ on July 11th, 2013 2:34 pm

    Wonder if Willis is chewing them out for throwing a strike on 0-2 to Pedroia.

  62. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:36 pm

    Wedge is doing everything he can to get Erasmo through 5, but things aren’t trending favorably in that direction.

  63. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:38 pm

    If ever there was a time for a DP wish to be granted – please let now be that time.

  64. pgreyy on July 11th, 2013 2:38 pm

    Is ROOT specifically not showing Raul throw the ball in from the outfield?

  65. MrZDevotee on July 11th, 2013 2:39 pm

    So, I feel like a horrible horrible person saying this, dumb, ignorant, I can’t believe I’m even considering the idea…

    BUT!

    Has Smoak possibly turned a corner? He’s not flailing AND he’s walking. Both signs of somehow improving his pitch recognition. He’s been one of the best guys getting on base on this team the past couple weeks.

    And it’s PRE-All-Star break, and NOT against September call ups…

    Whatever he injured he should have injured a long time ago, as it’s tied to his vision and reflexes evidently.

    WTF?

    There will need to be some serious rebuilding of my mental idea of him if he becomes a major league, everyday caliber player somehow.

    Weird.

  66. jephdood on July 11th, 2013 2:39 pm

    Control issues.

  67. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 2:39 pm

    Tough debut for any hurler against this lineup. He has good stuff. I’d rather watch him pitch than Harang/Saunders/Beavan any day of the week.

  68. pgreyy on July 11th, 2013 2:40 pm

    Nope.

  69. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 2:42 pm

    They only cut away from Raul when there is a play being made.

  70. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:43 pm

    Man, I would have left him in for one more batter. He just threw 93 on the black to the previous hitter. One more batter Wedge.

    Whatever.

    Anyway, tough work to have to face Boston in his first game back, but if it had been Bonderman pitching today – with these results – us fans would have probably been complaining the whole way.

  71. MrZDevotee on July 11th, 2013 2:44 pm

    Also noticed this series– with all this scoring– that the M’s sucking at OBP has unnaturally helped hold their batting average down.

    Why?

    We don’t (or haven’t) hit very many Sac Flies because we don’t get as many guys on base as most teams.

    Those type of fly balls, on a team that gets on base better, translate to a certain amount of “help” to the team batting average– because they’re non-AB’s for most teams, and simply outs for the M’s.

    Pretty obvious. But for some reason seeing Boston get sac flies made it stand out to me.

    It’s nice to have lots of guys on base recently. Good things happen when runners make it around the infield– who knew?

  72. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:45 pm

    Yay Wedge!

    Yay Furbush!

  73. MrZDevotee on July 11th, 2013 2:46 pm

    That’s actually a classic Lou Piniella move– taking out your struggling pitcher before he’s on the line for a loss.

    No win, sure, but also, leaves him hungry. “Knowing” he could have got out of that and notched a win. As opposed to (dinger)- “F_ck!”

    And then take him out.

    Good move for a change by Wedge, for a young pitcher, in my eyes. (Not expected, but still…)

  74. JasonJ on July 11th, 2013 2:46 pm

    Again with the throwing of a strike on an 0-2 count. What is it with these guys?

  75. Eastside Suds on July 11th, 2013 2:47 pm

    Why are we throwing so many strikes on 0-2 counts. Absolutely inexcusable. Very poor baseball. Zenino has to take some of that blame.

  76. msfanmike on July 11th, 2013 2:48 pm

    Fuck off Wedge.

  77. pgreyy on July 11th, 2013 3:08 pm

    Angie, Angie, Angie…

  78. naviomelo on July 11th, 2013 3:09 pm

    Do Red Sox games attract the Times commentors to USSM?

  79. jephdood on July 11th, 2013 3:36 pm

    Win or lose, I just want all these poser Sawx fans outta here.

  80. Bremerton guy on July 11th, 2013 3:39 pm

    Good for Steve Delabar and all of that, but … Eric Thames? Really? Add that to the list of ridiculousness.

  81. GhostofMarinersPast on July 11th, 2013 3:52 pm

    Sooo…..what about this….we ship some combo of Ibanez/morales/Wilhelmsen/Perez to these here bosox for Will Middlebrooks? Could that be an option? Middlebrooks seems to have fallen out of favor with Boston due to the emergence of Iglesias and the looming shadow of Xander Bogaerts. We could stick him in a corner OF spot and cycle him in at 3rd when Seager needs a break. Am I crazy or could this work?

  82. jephdood on July 11th, 2013 4:19 pm

    Here’s where Tom gives up a run or two. Hope I’m wrong…

  83. Breadbaker on July 11th, 2013 4:31 pm

    We don’t have a good track record trading with the Blue Jays.

  84. jephdood on July 11th, 2013 4:32 pm

    *sigh* And there you have it.

  85. jephdood on July 11th, 2013 4:33 pm

    Fell in love too much again with that f’in curveball.

  86. Breadbaker on July 11th, 2013 4:33 pm

    I think the Wedge needs to put his “intentional walk” tool back into the tool bag and let it stay there.

  87. jephdood on July 11th, 2013 4:38 pm

    Too nice a day to sit here and watch the M’s draw their last breath.

  88. MrZDevotee on July 11th, 2013 4:40 pm

    jep-
    This is all your fault… You owe everyone a beer. *sigh*

    Tommy, what’s happening…

    It’s like everyone we might have unloaded over the break realizes it and doesn’t wanna go– so they’ve sucked the last few times out…

    Iwakuma
    Harang
    Perez
    Morse is hurt
    Wilhelmsen (got good again, but now regressing)

    (Meanwhile, grandpa Ibanez chugs along…)

  89. pgreyy on July 11th, 2013 4:46 pm

    …and that’s how that was.

  90. jephdood on July 11th, 2013 5:25 pm

    Score 30 runs in the series and lose 3/4. Wow.

  91. Puffy on July 11th, 2013 6:58 pm

    ————–
    Sooo…..what about this….we ship some combo of Ibanez/morales/Wilhelmsen/Perez to these here bosox for Will Middlebrooks? Could that be an option? Middlebrooks seems to have fallen out of favor with Boston due to the emergence of Iglesias and the looming shadow of Xander Bogaerts. We could stick him in a corner OF spot and cycle him in at 3rd when Seager needs a break. Am I crazy or could this work?
    ————–

    You are crazy. Middlebrooks has battled some injuries this year. I don’t think the Red Sox are ready to give up on him, much less trade him for a collection of journeymen, half-season rentals, and designated hitters.

  92. Puffy on July 11th, 2013 7:03 pm

    The Red Sox could legitimately have interest in Perez, but aren’t likely to give significant prospects. They have a surplus in the minors at 3B/SS, OF, and SP.

    Minor league chips are likely to include Owens, Barnes, Brentz, Marerro, Almanzar, De La Cruz and other lower level lottery tickets.

  93. SeattleSlew on July 11th, 2013 9:40 pm

    Has anyone noticed that earlier in the year Angie Mentink used to deepen her voice, as if to sound more manly, and now she speaks more normally?

    Either way I find her extremely annoying. If the M’s were winning more often I probably wouldn’t care as much but the lack of quality management and anchors make it really hard to watch this team.

    I might start leaving the TV on mute and listen to the game on radio.

  94. PitchersRule on July 12th, 2013 12:54 am

    Erasmo I suppose will be given more opps as he has just returned. But I say he is possibly a good, maybe very good, reliever. All the hype from here and Lookout Landing going into this season–just more wishful thinking, based on way too small a sample set… hope I’m wrong but also hope we don’t need another slow iffy bunch a poundings like we got with Aaron (“gotta go”) Harang and Safeco Joe (maybe ok) Saunders. And please–I agree with comments from a Jeff Sullivan FansGraph chat here–dump Wilhelmson as closer! He doth suck too much.

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