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For now, League out as Mariners closer

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm with 8 Comments »
May 26, 2012 2:14 pm
Brandon League

After losing a ninth-inning lead and the game to the Los Angeles Angels last night, manager Eric Wedge decided this morning the Seattle Mariners would ‘pull back’ closer Brandon League and attempt to finish games off with other pitchers.

Who specifically?

“We’ll match up with what we think works,” Wedge said. “We’ve only got seven guys in the bullpen, and Hisashi Iwakuma is the long guy and League will work in other roles for now. Other than them, it could be anyone, depending upon the situation.”

No reliever on the staff has a save this season other than League, who had nine if 13 opportunities. The obvious candidates are setup men like Tom Wilhelmsen and lefties Charlie Furbush and Lucas Luetge, but right-handers Shawn Kelley and Steve Delabar might also find themselves working in the ninth inning.

“It’s not ideal, but this is where we’re at,” Wedge said. “We’re not going to name another closer, because like last year, Brandon will be back. He’s a good worker. He made adjustments last year in a similar situation, I expect he will this season, too.

“This is best for him and best for the team.”

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. fansince1983 says:

    A tandem of Wilhelmson and Luetge would the best option till Brandon regains his form.

  2. Luetge is the only potential closer on the staff, & I’m concerned it may be rushing his development to put him there now.

  3. wabubba67 says:

    The game must be going on as we have entered the usual 4-5 hours of information blackout from Larry and The News Tribune.

    Baker (a blogger that consistently works, if sometimes more than needed, for a paper that seems to care about sports fans) hinted that the Rangers MIGHT be interested in Figgins if the price was right. How about League (their bullpen is a little injured right now) and Figgins for nothing other than the Rangers paying the contracts of both players? (15 million for Figgins and about–I think–5 million for League.) If MLB won’t go for it, have the Rangers throw in a couple of low A players.

  4. bbnate420 says:

    wabubba67, I have agreed with your complaints sometimes but, jesus christ, if you don’t like the coverage then go read another paper or blog already!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. bbnate420 says:

    Or better yet, get a life!

  6. Larry Larue says:

    nate – appreciate you being tired of constant complaints, and i’m glad you drop by to comment. can’t please everyone, and after a year of doing game-long posts in ’11, it was decided the response wasn’t worth the effort. So i blog before games and after games, and tweet throughout. if you want to follow on Twitter, it’s @LarryLaRue.

  7. wabubba67 says:

    I will continue to complain about Larry’s lack of coverage because I expect more out of a Tacoma newspaper. The threads are uninspired, lazily written, drivel. The Mariners and the readers deserve better. In comparison, the Seattle Times have ran four threads today with a backup blogger and have received hundreds of posts. Larry has to work in order to cultivate a following….when is the last time he has done a live chat (as is routinely done with the Seahawks at both the News Tribune and Times and the Mariners with the Times)? He doesn’t seem interested in the work because his job would appear to be strangely secure (think Ayala with Piniella).

  8. redsoxandmarinersfan says:

    All I can say is it is about time Wedge did something about League!

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