Addison Reed: Not Just A One Pitch Pitcher
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By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent) Follow @brianm731
While the baseball world focuses its eyes on young arms like Stephen Strasburg, Dylan Bundy, and Jose Fernandez (for good reason), White Sox closer Addison Reed has raised some eyebrows in the first 6 games of this season.
Though Reed made his first MLB appearance in 2011 as a September call-up, he didn’t make a real impact until 2012. Reed saved 29 games last year with an ERA of 4.75. Not stellar numbers for sure, but also not shabby for a rookie.
He picked up the first Save of his career in May of 2012 and was officially named the Closer by month’s end.
Addison Reed of the San Diego Aztecs:
At that point in time, Reed was just a one-pitch-pitcher. He threw a fastball, anywhere from 92 MPH – 95 MPH. The fastball had good movement, but was the only pitch in Reed’s arsenal that he could get over the plate.
More often than not last year, Reed would get the job done, as evidenced by his 29 Saves. But, he couldn’t get his slider over consistently.
That seems to have changed in 2013. It’s early, but Reed is a perfect 3 for 3 in Save chances so far this year. He even managed to get a win yesterday in a walk-off victory for the Sox against the Mariners. The win came in the always famous “Non-Save situation for a Closer”.
The “non-save situation for a Closer” has become somewhat famous here on the South Side for the White Sox. It simply means when a team’s “closer” makes an appearance in a ball game in which he will not earn a Save.
There is apparently a completely different mentality involved in closing a game (what a closer is used to) versus a “Non-Save situation”. This makes sense, a closer comes in, adrenaline pumping, ready to win the game for his team.
Presented with a situation in a game which is out of hand, the pressure is off.
Now back to Reed. He didn’t have quite the success (or World Series ring) that Jenks experienced. But, Reed has now developed a wicked slider. Yesterday’s series finale against Seattle was a perfect example.
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Posted on April 9, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged addison reed, bobby jenks, chicago white sox, dylan bundy, hector santiago, jose fernandez, Mike Morse, seattle mariners, stephen strasburg. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Addison Reed: Not Just A One Pitch Pitcher.