Brad Ziegler is now the closer for the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 13 August 2008 at 10:46 am

It makes perfect sense that the A’s have replaced Huston Street with rookie Brad Ziegler as the closer seeing how he still hasn’t given up a run. The 28-year old righty is up to 38 shutout innings to start his major league career and he can start to set his sight on Orel Hershiser’s all-time record for consecutive shutout innings. In 1988, Hershiser tossed 59 straight shutout innings on his way to a Cy Young Award and a World Championship for the Dodgers. It will be harder for Ziegler to get that many innings because it will take him a lot more games to get there being a reliever. Still, Ziegler has been awesome this season as he has worked in 29 games (0 starts) and he is 1-0 with 2 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. He has only allowed 21 hits in 38 innings this season as batters are having trouble picking up his pitches from his sidearm delivery. Ziegler reminds me of another reliever who throws sidearm. That was Dan Quisenberry who also came up at an advanced age for his first action in the majors at 26 years old. All Quisenberry did was pitch in 674 games in his major league career and he was 56-46 with 224 saves, a 2.76 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The A’s would do backflips if Ziegler could have a career like Quisenberry but it’s way too early to project if he will be that good down the road. Still, right now Ziegler is the best relief pitcher in the league…..at least until he gives up a run.

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