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Dbacks Closer: If Not Reed, Then Who?

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May 13, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Addison Reed (43) talks with catcher Jordan Pacheco (31) during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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If there’s one constant concern of the Dbacks faithful, it’s whether the team can maintain any type of close lead. Those worries and complaints become more justified on Wednesday afternoon when Addison Reed surrendered an Arizona lead to Washington.

Reed gave up a couple of hits and walked a batter to load the bases. One grand slam later and Reed secured his second blown save of 2015. That’s a telling stat considering Reed has only received four save opportunities. Reed’s numbers in 2015 are as follows:

  • 10 IP, 15 H, 8 ER, 0-2, 7.20 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 10 K, 2-for-4 SV

Those numbers might not even good enough to be mediocre. Last season, Reed went 32-for-38 in save opportunities but took 7 losses and his ERA was 4.25. Not to mention he surrendered 11 home runs.

So what now? The reason why Reed’s job security has been so high is a perceived lack of options within in the organization. Whether that harsh judgement of the rest of the Dbacks bullpen is justified remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is the Dbacks need to start looking. Here are some names.

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