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Woah...He's coming back...


Just because of a blown save by Cishek (in which Stanton misplayed a ball turning a single into a triple followed by an unfortunate bloop basehit) and one (just one) scoreless inning by Bell...


That sure took long...





Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said Friday that he is ready to the closer job back to Heath Bell.

Bell was pulled from the role last week, but given that he signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Marlins over the winter, we figured it wouldn't be long before he got his job back. The process may have been expedited after Steve Cishek blew a save Wednesday night against the Astros, which was followed by a scoreless inning from Bell. We're not fully convinced that Bell will be effective moving forward, but those in shallow mixed leagues are probably safe to drop Cishek or Edward Mujica at this point.

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Heath Bell has earned back his role as the Marlins' closer, the Palm Beach Post reports.


Bell was demoted to middle relief after blowing four of his first seven save opportunities on the season, racking up a 11.42 ERA in the process. After surrendering only a single in one scoreless inning of work on Wednesday after Steve Cishek blew a save of his own in the ninth, manager Ozzie Guillen is ready to recommit to Bell. Bell doesn't figure to finish with a pretty ERA or WHIP this year, but it's hard to imagine him faring much worse in his second stint as closer.

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With so many "proven" closers struggling early this season and some unknown guys shining in that role, hopefully teams will start to rethink the strategy of assigning the ninth inning to someone and paying him a ton of money to do it.

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Disgraceful that he gets rewarded with a win today. Should be able to reallocate it to Big Z.



W/L is a dumb stat, shouldn't be regarded anyway


as "dumb" of a stat it is (and i agree that it is), it will always be around, and it's the first thing that's listed next to a pitcher's name. hard to believe that it doesn't matter to pitchers despite what they all say.

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