Closer Meltdown

As some of you know, I’m in a fantasy baseball league with some people I know from church plus some other people that the league commissioner knows. My pitching staff is home to four closers: Derrick Turnbow, Bobby Jenks, Todd Coffey, and Francisco Rodriguez. Today, Cincinnati played Milwaukee and what resulted was a closer meltdown. Derrick Turnbow gave up 3 runs while getting only 2 outs, blowing the save and giving Cincinnati a one run lead. After Matt Wise got the last out in the top of the 9th, Cincinnati put in Todd Coffey, who gave up 2 runs without getting a single out, losing the game. Coffey would have been in line to pick up the win, but instead he, too, was charged with a blown save as well as the loss. Between the two of them, they gave up 5 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Coffey’s ERA is infinite for the game and Turnbow’s is 40.5. Ouch! That’s a painful way to start the week. Since my team didn’t have any starters pitching today, Turnbow and Coffey were my only active pitchers, leaving me with a 67.5 ERA and a WHIP of 13.5. On the other hand, Bill Hall, my utility infielder, went 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI and a home run, so the game wasn’t a total disaster for my fantasy team.

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