Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon had another shaky outing Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Papelbon walked one and gave up three hits and three runs (two earned) after entering with a four-run lead. He has a 4.32 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and six blown saves in 16 chances since May 29 and hasn't saved a game since July 11.
7/10/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Hip soreness may be contributing to Jonathan Papelbon's recent struggles. SOURCE: MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM
Insight: The Phillies closer holds a 3.60 ERA since June 1st after opening the year with a 1.31 ERA in his first 20 games. This could hurt his trade value as Papelbon has been mentioned in a number of different trade scenarios including one that would send the five-time All-Star to the Tigers. Still, it's unlikely the Phillies would be able to trade him unless they agreed to take on most of his $13 million salary.
6/22/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon blew another save Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Papelbon has now blown three of his last four save chances after beginning the year a perfect 13-for-13 in save opportunities. Papelbon doesn't seem to be injured so we're guessing he's just in a slump. Manager Charlie Manuel might give him a couple days off to help clear his head.
6/16/2013 4:23:00 PM
Description: Nick Cafardo from the Boston Globe suggested in a recent article that the Red Sox could make a play for closer Jonathan Papelbon if the Phillies make him available in a trade.
Insight: Papelbon (1.46 ERA, 13 saves) was a Boston icon during his time with the Red Sox from 2005 to 2011 and is still the club's all-time saves leader. Andrew Bailey (12.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP over his last three outings) has struggled in the closer's role so the deal makes plenty of sense for the Red Sox. ESPN's Buster Olney hinted that Detroit could be in the market for a closer as well with Jose Valverde in meltdown mode (9.95 ERA, 5 HR allowed in his last seven outings).
6/3/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable on Sunday due to a stomach virus, but should be back closing on Monday.
Insight: Papelbon has pitched very well this season with 11 saves, a 1.31 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in 20 appearances.
3/5/2013 12:11:00 PM
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday appearance, but only because of illness, not any arm problems.
Insight: Papelbon hasn't pitched well in his first two spring appearances (43.20 ERA, 6.00 WHIP), but as long as he is physically fine fantasy owners shouldn't worry. He produced 38 saves and a 2.44 ERA and 1.06 WHIP last season and should see more save opportunities in 2013.
7/18/2012 9:24:00 PM
Description: Spotted a two-run lead in the bottom of the 10th, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon failed to convert the save Wednesday afternoon against the Dodgers. The blown save was Papelbon's third of the season.
Insight: Since beginning the year 17-for-17 in save opportunities, Papelbon has blown three out of his last seven save chances and has seen his ERA balloon from 2.28 to 3.41 during that span.
6/23/2012 8:41:00 PM
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save as a member of Philadelphia Saturday against the Rays.
Insight: Papelbon allowed two runs on three hits and one walk in an inning of work Saturday. He was able to get a win for the second straight appearance due to Jim Thome's walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. Papelbon has allowed a run in each of his last two appearances, but he's been one of the most reliable closers in baseball this season so he should be fine.
5/7/2012 10:39:00 PM
Description: Jonathan Papelbon allowed the game-winning three-run homer to pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin Monday night against the Mets.
Insight: The hit was Valdespin's first major league homer. Papelbon's season ERA (0.82 entering the game) ballooned to 3.00 after the home run. It wasn't a save situation for the former Boston closer, so Papelbon remains a perfect nine for nine in save chances this year. Papelbon has pitched remarkably well for the Phillies this year so forgive him for this one bad outing and expect him to be his usual dominant self the next time he takes the hill.
4/5/2012 4:11:00 PM
Description: Jonathan Papelbon earned his first save as a member of the Phillies Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
Insight: Papelbon breezed through a 10-pitch inning to preserve Roy Halladay's first win of the season. With Philadelphia's excellent starting rotation, Paplebon should be in line to convert tons of saves this season.
4/20/2011 7:14:00 PM
Description: Jonathan Papelbon gave up two hits and an earned run on the way to his third save of the season.
Insight: He did get one strikeout, but was by no means dominant. As long as he's the Red Sox closer, he's a must start option in all formats.
4/8/2011 4:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon worked a scoreless 9th inning against the Yankees, striking out 2.
Insight: Papelbon has the stuff to be a dominant closer and the Red Sox should give him plenty of save chances.
3/21/2011 6:14:00 AM
Description: Because of the depth of their bullpen, the Red Sox could trade closer Jonathan Papelbon to Texas.
SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Papelbon would get as many save ops if he is dealt to Texas. However, there has been no word from Boston if they are prepared to go with either Bobby Jenks or Daniel Bard as their closer.
3/17/2011 3:04:00 PM
Description: Jonathan Papelbon gave up four runs in 2/3 of an inning today.
Insight: He had been decent but not good in spring training prior to today's game. He will open the season as Boston's closer but they won't hesitate to replace him if he pitches any worse than he did in 2010.
2/23/2011 10:04:00 AM
Description: Closer Jonathan Papelbon was in camp Tuesday, but he didn't participate in drills because he is battling flu-like symptoms, MLB.com reports. He was not in camp Sunday because he was attending to his wife, who was similarly ill.
Insight: This should only be a minor set back for Papelbon as he prepares for the 2011 season. Mariano Rivera's family had similar issues battling the flu before he reported to Yankees' camp. (RapidDraft.com)
2/8/2011 12:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon will adjust his approach in 2011. "I will be throwing a lot more off-speed. I'll be throwing my split a lot more, my slider, I'll be throwing a heck of a lot more," he said. "There will be a lot of situations where, instead of pitching off my fastball, I'll be pitching off my split, pitching off my slider, earlier in the count."
Insight: Much has been made of Papelbon's struggles and the Sox responded by adding Bobby Jenks to the mix. If Papelbon improves as a pitcher, not just a thrower, he can return to elite closer status.
12/21/2010 6:00:00 PM
Description: Jonathan Papelbon has been assured by the Red Sox that he will still be their closer in 2011.
SOURCE: IAN BROWNE
Insight: We believe that the Red Sox have every intention of letting him close all season and then letting him walk via free agency. However, if he struggles they have plenty of other options. He is still a good bet for 35 saves but he is not in the top tier of closers after last year's struggles.
11/17/2010 3:32:00 PM
Description: Because the trade offers for closer Jonathan Papelbon have been weak, the Red Sox could pick up part of his salary to help facilitate a deal.
SOURCE: Jon Heyman via Twitter
Insight: Papelbon, for all of his struggles, is still a top-10 closer and should get 35+ saves in 2011, wherever he is pitching.
10/4/2010 5:37:00 PM
Description: The Boston Herald speculates that Jonathan Papelbon will be back as the Red Sox closer.
SOURCE: BOSTON HERALD
Insight: We think the Red Sox should move Papelbon and turn to Daniel Bard but they might not do so. Papelbon's 2011 value is certainly very volatile right now.
10/3/2010 5:46:00 AM
Description: Jonathan Papelbon gave up a run while pitching in the tenth inning of a tie game last night to take another loss.
Insight: In our eyes, Daniel Bard is clearly a better pitcher than Papelbon right now. Don't be surprised to see an off-season trade.
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