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Painting the Black: Five Setup Men To Watch

Jensen Lewis

Jensen Lewis

Jensen Lewis is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher, playing parts of four seasons in the big leagues with the Cleveland Indians. Drafted 102nd overall in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft, he played 9 professional seasons altogether with the Tribe, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs. Lewis amassed a career of 7-11 in 161 games, good for a 3.68 career ERA in 198 innings. He helped the Indians win the AL Central in 2007, becoming a key cog in their bullpen, on a postseason run that ended with a Game 7 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. Lewis went a perfect 13 for 13 in save opportunities with the Indians in 2008 as their closer and was nominated for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award in 2010. The award recognizes the player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field as well as representing the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their Clubs. A Vanderbilt University graduate with a BS in Communications, Lewis now works as a broadcast personality with Fox Sports and SportsTime Ohio in Cleveland. He continues to be involved in Cleveland Indians Charities providing support to the Cleveland community, making visits to local hospitals and participating in the annual Tyson Food Distribution event held before Thanksgiving. A diehard Cleveland fan his entire life, he still holds out hope that the Tribe & Browns championship droughts will come to an end during his lifetime.


PAINTING THE BLACK: 5 Setup Men to Watch in 2014

It's quite possibly the most unforgiving job in baseball. The one with the least amount of glamour, but the most amount of pressure. Feature articles will never appear in newspapers about these "firemen," but their effectiveness is a clear indicator of a team contending or falling into the rearview mirror. They are the setup men. Plain and simple, they are the most important bridge between middle relief and closer. Many times, their outs recorded represent the difference between a win and a loss each night. Nevertheless, when the featured 9thinning man falters, becomes injured, or simply can't do the job anymore, these setup men are pressed into action, expected to carry over their pristine performance to finish off ballgames.

Setup men are routinely "closers-in-waiting" since they usually appear in the 8th inning, sometimes getting a few 9th inning save opportunities when a closer has pitched multiple

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