The Blown Saves Report – At the Break

In Peter Gammons column on closers on Friday, he addressed the reticence of the Tigers and Red Sox to go after Jonathan Papelbon.

He should legally change his name to Prescient Gammons.

Yesterday, the White Sox scored the tying run in the 9th off Papelbon, who blew his fifth save in 25 chances, and cost Cole Hamels his third straight win. The Phils won 4-3 in 10 on a walkoff single by John Mayberry, Jr.

Since June 17, Papelbon has appeared in 14 games, he has won two, saved seven and blown five saves. He’s pitched 14 innings, allowed 15 hits including two homers, eight runs (six earned), walked three, whiffed 11, allowed both of the runners he inherited to score, and has a 3.86 ERA with a 1.285 WHIP.

“He might be getting a little spent this time of year,” manager Charlie Manuel said referring to the 38 games Papelbon has appeared in. “The break is going to be real good for him.”

Top 10

Leaders in blown saves