Casey Janssen: Jays Best Reliever in 2011

Casey Janssen has been the Jays best relief pitcher this season, and the competition really isn’t even close. Here are Janssen’s 2011 numbers:

G 42/ Inn 43.1/ ERA 2.08/ WHIP 1.13/ SO 43/ H 37/ BB 12/ HR 1/ ER 10

FIP 2.30/ xFIP 2.93/ WAR 1.0

K/9 8.93/ BB/9 2.49/ HR/9 0.21/ BABIP .308/ LOB% 82.7/ GB% 47.8/ HR/FB% 3.0

Saves: 2

Save Opportunities: 3

Casey Janssen is clearly having a spectacular season. He has been the most dominant pitcher in the Blue Jays bullpen, and should be used in the highest leverage innings. It is baffling to me that John Farrell continues to use less effective pitchers to close out games. Take a look at Frank Francisco‘s 2011 stats, and compare them to Janssen’s:

 

G 44/ Inn 39.2/ ERA 3.86/ WHIP 1.44/ SO 42/ H 41/ BB 16/ HR 5/ ER 17

FIP 3.74/ xFIP 3.50/ WAR 0.3

K/9 9.53/ BB/9 3.63/ HR/9 1.13/ BABIP .321/ LOB% 78/ GB% 35.7/ HR/FB% 11.1

Saves: 11

Save Opportunities: 15

 

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Casey Janssen leads the Jays bullpen in ERA, WHIP, opponents average, and almost all advanced pitching stats. As the Jays best relief option Janssen needs to be used in the most important innings, including save situations. With just over a month left in the season, it is a perfect time for the Jays to see if Janssen can handle the closer role.

Should Casey Janssen be the Jays Closer?

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  • juanguzman

    is joel carrena next years closer? just a thought.

  • juanguzman

    is joel carrena next years closer? just a thought.

  • talesen

    I say no to the “closer” role for Janssen. I’m of the opinion that Janssen is best used as he is right now – in the high leverage sticky situations the Jays can get in, from the 7th inning on. Francisco, after a brutal May (remember he came off injury to start the year) has gotten better all year and IMHO is starting to show some “closer” stuff.

  • talesen

    I say no to the “closer” role for Janssen. I’m of the opinion that Janssen is best used as he is right now – in the high leverage sticky situations the Jays can get in, from the 7th inning on. Francisco, after a brutal May (remember he came off injury to start the year) has gotten better all year and IMHO is starting to show some “closer” stuff.

  • He’s Done it Again!

    No and No. Casey is dominating in this role. Lets not mess with a good thing. Francisco is beyond bad and don’t tell me he is getting better….he can ONLY get better. Closers are a dime a dozen, sure glad my job doesn’t rely on finding the jays their next 9th inning man.

  • He’s Done it Again!

    No and No. Casey is dominating in this role. Lets not mess with a good thing. Francisco is beyond bad and don’t tell me he is getting better….he can ONLY get better. Closers are a dime a dozen, sure glad my job doesn’t rely on finding the jays their next 9th inning man.