The Bullpens of the AL Central - Rotoworld.com
|Scooped by Mike M|
How has John Axford emerged from the depths of the ashes of Closer? Simple. He's a Closer.
Closer's crash and burn as fast as a meteor but can sometimes resurrect themselves just as quickly given a new life. Such could be the case with Axford. The dude can throw aspirin tablets, but can he locate?
Right now with his location shifted from one of the Great Lakes to another, he may just find what he's needed to straighten himself out in Cleveland rather than Milwaukee.
I was really a Vinnie Pestano fan a couple of years ago but his star dulled after last year's season of ineffectiveness, for him, and injuries.
Not totally sold on Axford but would take a flyer on him in a mid to late round draft, or spend just a few dollars on him in an auction draft.
The only other intriguing bullpen chase out of this division belongs on the second team in the second city, the White Sox. Nate Jones is presumed by many to be the leading candidate here after the somewhat surprising departure of Addison Reed.
Jones' name doesn't leap out off of the list of elite closers but does have some nasty stuff. As pointed out by the Rotoworld guys, his K/BB was good and K/IP was really good. These are usually two excellent indicators of his potentail for success.
Matt Lindstrom was, or possibly can be, a viable undercard here, but he still is having some oblique issues. Those are not good for anyone, especially a pitcher. That may linger for a while, giving Jones more time to nail down the back end of the bullpen for the South Siders.