Thursday, April 23, 2009

Scott Downs is the New Closer in Toronto

posted by Jon Williams
Scott Downs has become the new closer in Toronto after the Blue Jays disabled B.J. Ryan with "muscle tightness" which is actually code for "you suck majorly right now." Coincidentally this took place immediately after Ryan blew his second save of the season. Downs has been ready for an important role on the Blue Jays for a while and Cito Gaston has been waiting for an excuse to make the change since mid-March.

It doesn't seem likely that anyone that reads this blog is in a league where Downs is still available (I've been drooling over him for as long as Cito Gaston has wanted him in the role --since last season in other words) but it is definitely worth checking. He is an extreme groundball pitcher who strikes out nearly a batter per inning (far better than that so far this season) and plays in front of what is an excellent defense. There is nothing not to like here.

Season Team K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 WHIP BABIP LOB% FIP
2000 Cubs/Expos 5.85 3.71 1.58 1.21 1.67 0.341 0.71 4.97
2000 Cubs 6.03 3.54 1.70 1.24 1.64 0.340 0.71 4.93
2000 Expos 0.00 9.00 0.00 0.00 2.67 0.371 0.63 6.13
2003 Expos 12.00 9.00 1.33 6.00 2.67 0.402 0.58 12.03
2004 Expos 5.43 3.29 1.65 1.29 1.62 0.334 0.63 4.94
2005 Blue Jays 7.18 3.26 2.21 1.15 1.35 0.299 0.72 4.33
2006 Blue Jays 7.13 3.51 2.03 1.05 1.34 0.291 0.73 4.33
2007 Blue Jays 8.84 3.72 2.38 0.47 1.22 0.292 0.84 3.24
2008 Blue Jays 7.26 3.44 2.11 0.38 1.15 0.264 0.87 3.39
2009 Blue Jays 13.50 0.00 13.00 0.00 0.46 0.259 0.80 0.58


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Angels should be a bit more worried, but they did call up Brandon Wood

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Forrest Kobayashi said...

I've been looking around for Downs, but he was rostered in all of my leagues! If he is available in any league, he is worth a pickup. I think that he could hold the TOR closer job for a while...

Friday, April 24, 2009 at 10:48:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Free Sports Betting said...

I don't think he would be available in most expert leagues anymore.

Friday, April 24, 2009 at 4:22:00 PM EDT  

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