Great start to the season for Clearwater Threshers closer Jeff Singer. He has had one to remember so far this season. He is three for three in save opportunities and in his fourth appearance he won in a two inning extra inning appearance. Watch his first two saves of the season against the Dunedin Blue Jays HERE and HERE.
As Richie Ashburn would say to Harry Kalas back in the day, “Hard To Believe, Harry”.
Many teams use ten blocks of games to study progress. After the first eleven games of the season, the Clearwater Threshers through Sunday went 8-3. In Singer’s four appearances in those games, he pitched 6.1 shutout innings, walked one and struck out seven. He showed just how important a shutdown closer is to a team which has limited offense and needs to win close and late games.
We can only look at the major league club to see what an ineffective bullpen means. MLB Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki reviewed the misfortunes of the 4-8 Phillies in close and late games in the Washington series: “They lost Friday’s game against the Nationals in the 10th inning and blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning Sunday at Nationals Park.”
A series of articles have come out recently about the Phillies farm system after the start of the system . None of them mentioned Jeff Singer. Read HERE, HERE and HERE. Singer perhaps has been the most important of them all!
The backend of the bullpen is so important to a winning team especially one limited in scoring runs. So far, closer Jeff Singer has been the difference for the Clearwater Threshers to start the season.