The MLB closer has one of the toughest jobs in baseball and inconsistency at that position is one of the most frustrating things a fan of the game can experience.It is very difficult for a team to find a closer that can be relied upon to be successful in that role year in and year out. Mariano Rivera of the Yankees is one of the rare examples of a closer that remains consistent from year to year.A great example of the inconsistency of closers is the Detroit Tigers Jose Valverde. After being perfect in save opportunities a season ago, Valverde has already blown three saves this year.Here is a look at the five most frustratingly inconsistent closers in the MLB this season.Begin Slideshow
When people talk about the minor league prospects in the Cleveland Indians organization, they mostly discuss a small number of players. Names such as Francisco Lindor, LeVon Washington and Chen Lee are the some of the most usual suspects.While those names are exciting to talk about, there are just as many intriguing prospects that are very rarely mentioned.Here are five of those rarely mentioned prospects that fans of the Tribe should be excited about. RHP Cody Allen (2012 stats thru 17 games: 1-1, 2.39 ERA, 26.1 IP, 33 K)Right-handed relief pitcher Cody Allen is one of the most talented pitching prospects in the Cleveland organization. However, his name almost never comes up when talking about Tribe prospects.He was drafted by the Indians in the 23rd round of the 2011 June First-Year Player draft. He played college baseball at High Point University.In his first year in the organization, Allen worked his way ...
During the 2010 season, the Cleveland Indians defense was one of the worst in the major leagues. A combination of injuries and poor play were the main reasons for the terrible infield defense. Add a poor defense to the fact that the majority of the Tribe rotation is made up of ground ball pitchers and you have a recipe for disaster. Once the Indians' front office traded third baseman Jhonny Peralta, the position became a gaping hole that none of the Indian's options were able to fill successfully. Improving the infield defense became a priority for the Tribe brass during this past offseason. So far, their moves have paid off and the Indians now have one of the most solid defenses during the early days of the 2011 season. Here are 5 reasons for that dramatic improvement.Begin Slideshow