Sunday, February 8, 2009

George Sherrill 2009

The Baltimore Orioles have can choose between George Sherrill and Chris Ray as their closer for 2009, and neither of them is a great option. While Sherrill does have the kind of strikeout rate you'd want in a closer (K/9: 9.3 in 2008, and even higher the previous three years), he also has terrible control and a tendency to allow a lot of fly balls. Some nights he'll come into the game, strike out the side, and look great. Other nights he'll allow a walk or two, followed by a home run. Unfortunately, Chris Ray suffers from the same flaws, so the Orioles aren't really making a mistake by planning to start the season with Sherrill closing.

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