Almost a year ago today (well, technically eleven months), I declared that Casey Janssen should be the Toronto Blue Jays closer in 2012. At the time of the article, Janssen only had three save opportunities (and two saves), as both Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco were ahead of him on the depth chart.
Needless to say, Janssen was and is a far superior reliever than either of those two guys (and that’s coming from a New York Mets fan). The point of this article is not to slap myself on the back (although I would take a slap or two), but rather, to make a case for Janssen to continue to his closer-hood into next season. Continue reading
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The Toronto Blue Jays bullpen has been a mess lately. Part-time closer Jon Rauch is on the disabled list, and current closer Frank Francisco might join him too. Regardless of whether or when they return, both pitchers will be free-agents after the season. Unless the Blue Jays sign a closer during the off-season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them hand the job to Casey Janssen.
Janssen’s success in 2011 is hardly shocking. The right-hander debuted as as a reliever back in 2007, and was quite the workhorse–hurling 72.6 innings, while owning a 2.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 1.95 K/BB. He also saved 6 games. But the then 25 year-old endured a torn labrum in the beginning of 2008, which forced him to miss all of 2008, and hampered his 2009 season.
In fact, after posting a seemingly dismal 5.85 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, and 1.71 K/BB in 2009, most people assumed Janssen was toast. To Janssen’s credit, his peripherals told a different story. His .367 BABIP suggested too many of his groundballs–which he rolled out at an elite 49.7% rate–resulted in hits. In addition, despite posting a bloated 5.85 ERA, the reliever’s more down-to-earth 4.38 xFIP illustrates how unlucky 2009 was, overall, for Janssen. Continue reading
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