Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thayer and Acosta finishing games in Buffalo

Photo by Michael Baron
After completing the post on Krod I was curious as to who was closing for the Bison's and in taking a look at the stats there really isn't a true closer.  Dale Thayer has the most saves with four and then three other pitchers have one, Acosta and Thayer are tied with the most game finishes. 

My initial thought was that Manny Acosta is probably closing games, Acosta has finished 13 games since returning to Buffalo but only has 1 save.  Acosta's bugaboo is his wildness which he obviously continues to struggle with as he's walked 16 hitters in 17.1 innings but as a hard throwing reliever he's also struck out 21 and pitched to a 2.08 ERA.  Despite the walks I still would prefer to have Acosta in the pen over Misch, I'd rather have Acosta's potential arm over Misch's mediocre innings eating.

The closer appears to be Dale Thayer, the 30 y/o right hander has finished 13 games with four saves.  His ERA is 2.05 and in 26 innings ( 20 games) he's struck out 25 while only walking 6.  Thayer has some outstanding minor league numbers including being named a MiLB all-star five times, over his career but in 12 MLB appearances, over two seasons with the Rays his ERA is 7.74.  In 9 minor league seasons he's posted a 2.44 ERA ( AAA- 2.74 ERA), WHIP 1.20 and in 523 minor league innings he's struck out 517 while only walking 170, BAA .202.  Thayer had two very good MiLB seasons under Alderson in San Diego ( 2005-2006) before getting traded for Russell Branyan and he was signed this off-season as a minor league free agent by Alderson and Co.