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11-16-2012, 01:50 PM
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Pap was absolutely brutal in non-save situations. I don't have numbers off the top of my head, but I recall a lot of games when they called on him in the bottom of the 9th in a tie game, only to see him give up the go ahead run(s). I'll venture to guess the large majority of runs he gave up were in these scenarios. He is a good closer though when the game is on the line. I think once in a while you can call on your closer for 3+ out saves but not over the course of an entire season. The innings just add up and could be costly at the end. That's why you need a reliable setup man. I like Papelbon the player, I just don't like the contract. I don't believe in giving relievers long term contracts especially 30+.

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