Monday, June 26, 2017

Roberto Osuna sadly missed - Shows how important the closer role is in MLB

As the Royals lose game 2 of the 3 game series with the KC Royals.  People were asking, were is Roberto Osuna?  The Jays young closer has been a stalwart of the Blue Jays Bullpen.  People are starting to realize the need and importance for a top arm at the back end of the game.  From Tepera to Grilli, there wasn't an answer as the Jays coughed up a 4-1 lead to lose 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth.  Ryan Tepera even conceding that he was over throwing. 

Osuna has been lights out since he broke camp two years ago with the big club. His 95+ MPH fastball and 2 out pitches have made him one of the top closers in Baseball.

Unfortunately, along with the closer role comes mental anguish.  Being the guy that is required to come in and shut the door is a lot of stress for a young player.  Osuna's recent assertion that he was just not himself is concerning.  Mental health is a struggle for alot of us and is not something to be taken lightly.

The importance of a closer can't be understated.  The current Washington Nationals would be very happy with Roberto Osuna as their closer.  The years of trying to find a closer from another organization for years from Cliff Polite to Jason Frasor or Brandon League.  Every year there was another guy vying to be the Guy.  Lets hope Roberto feels better soon.

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