Much to many people’s surprise, Addison Reed did not get the call to save the Arizona Diamondbacks’ eventual 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Instead, it was Brad Ziegler who nailed down the Snakes’ second straight victory despite giving up a home run to Atlanta’s Ramiro Pena. It was Ziggy’s first save of the season and for those of you who think there is some sort of issue with the closer’s role manager Kirk Gibson dispelled that notion after the game. According to azcentral’s Scott Bordow, Gibby had this to say about Reed’s unavailability:
“He just has a tired arm. It’s nothing serious or anything like that. We’re just giving him a day to recover.”
In case that wasn’t good enough for you:
“Addison has been pretty damn good.”
Now, we may disagree with that last statement. I mean after all, it seems as though every time Reed comes into a tie ballgame, he serves up a home run such as the one to Jason Heyward on Saturday night. On the year, he has served up a whopping eight of them in 29 games, covering 28 1/3 innings. I don’t know about you, but that number is a bit on the high side. Be that as it may, if you are looking at number of saves/number of opportunities, then yes, 15 out of 17 is “pretty damm good”.
But I digress. The point is, there is no open competition for the closer’s role for the D’backs. Addison Reed remains the guy with Brad Ziegler remaining the 8th inning guy. Now it’s time to sweep the Astros…or at least win the series.