This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Entering the week there were roughly six closer situations that were not yet settled. The pitcher named as closer on Opening Day has the early lead for the team. Given that it has taken this long for the clubs to make a final decision on who the Opening Day closer will be, how confident should we be that pitcher will finish the season with the most saves for his club?
Let us play a game of blind resume where I present the stats, and force you to click on the link to see who the pitcher is so you can make a decision based on the metrics rather than the reputation.
We will begin with the defending champions in Boston, as manager Alex Cora has not dropped a single hint about who will have the job if the Red Sox go into the bottom of the ninth in Seattle this weekend with a lead. Do you prefer Pitcher A or Pitcher B?
Pitcher A does not hand out too many free passes, but has a strikeout rate that is just slightly better than league average for relievers. Still, he gets more swings and misses than his competition, even though hitters do square him up more frequently when he does pitch in the