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Soriano Makes #1 of the Top Closers of 2010

Four out of the top five closers come as no surprise. The shocker is number one, he has always been known as a good relief pitcher, but I don’t think anyone expected him to be the top closer of 2010 so far this year.

1. Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay Rays: Soriano is the best closer of 2010 so far. Soriano is a converted closer. Last year with the Braves was Soriano’s first season as a closer and he did pretty well with 27 saves in 31 opportunities. The Rays were extremely desperate for a closer this season and took a gamble with Soriano. That gamble has certainly paid off. Soriano already has 23 saves this season and only one blown save. On top of that, Soriano’s ERA is 1.65. If Soriano holds his ERA under two by the end of the season, it will be the first time he does that since 2003 when he was a setup man for the Mariners. The Rays never had a dominate closer since they have become a franchise. If the Rays had a closer like Soraino two years ago when they were in the World Series, they might have won those close games. Instead the Rays were forced to use their best relief pitcher at the time, J.P. Howell, who lost both of the close games.
The Rays were in first place for most of the season so far, but have fallen back a little. The Rays still have the second best record in baseball, but they are behind the best team in baseball who is in their division, the Yankees. The Red Sox are also right in the race, only one game back from the Rays. If Soriano keeps up at this pace, he can help the Rays win the close games. Right now Soriano is pitching better than Rivera, who has been injured off and on and Papelbon who is having a little bit of an off year with a 3.71 ERA. The Rays have a good chance of making back to the playoffs this year.

Click here to read the full article – Top Closers of 2010 – By Eric Heyer of Sports Fan Blog Network

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