The Cleveland Indians have recorded only 19 saves this season. We've probably blogged about their bullpen, like, nine or ten times. That's a very poor save-to-post ratio. And it's getting worse today...
"He'll get more opportunities."
Do whatever feels right with this information. Lewis certainly isn't the best of the lightly-owned closers. Cleveland seems committed to keeping Rafael Perez in high-leverage, non-closing situations:
"He can't do everything for us," Wedge said of Perez, who worked a pair of innings Friday, giving up a run. "He can't get you there (to the ninth) and close."
Actually, back in the '70s, that's kinda how it worked. But you can't fault the team for saving its best relief pitcher for the most important moments. It's just annoying, fantasy-wise.
We've discussed Lewis before, obviously, because we've discussed approximately 50 percent of the right-handed humans in the Cleveland metropolitan statistical area. Lewis is not a hard-thrower (87-91 mph last night), but he has managed to get 65 Ks in 74.2 major league innings. It's location and variation with him. Not much margin for error there. But if you're desperately chasing saves, go get him.
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