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 You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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