Joel Hanrahan Loses Closer Role

Apr 28, 2009

Joel Hanrahan lost his Closer job, just as the Rotoprofessor predicted, with the Washington Nationals according to Bill Ladson at

The last straw came last night when Raúl Ibañez hit an eighth-inning Grand Slam off the big Righthander.  It was Hanrahan’s third blown save in his last six appearances and raised his ERA to a staggering 8.64.  Ladson is reporting that Garrett Mock, and his 9.82 ERA, is out as the primary setup man. 

The Nationals will employ a Bullpen by Committee with veterans Julián Tavárez and Kip Wells will likely hold down the fort until Joe Beimel returns from the DL.  Tavarez has a  3.12 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, Wells has a 2.08 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, and Biemel has a 1.23 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.

Earlier this month the Nationals optioned Saul Rivera, Steven Shell, and Wil Ledezma when they struggled in the bullpen.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    I’d rather see sore armed Chad Cordero out there than Hanrahan

    the Nats should’ve kept the Chief

  2. LestersLegends
    April 28th, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    That says a ton.

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