The Cincinnati Reds made one move at the trade deadline in July. It was a move that no one outside of the Reds’ organization even knew was a possibility. That move was to pick up closer, Jonathan Broxton, from the Kansas City Royals. And what a move it has turned out to be for the Reds.
Jonathan Broxton, all 6′ 4″, 300lbs (I believe that he is well north of 300) of him, has fit right in with the Reds. It appears that Dusty Baker’s plan is to get the starter through the 6th, bring in Sean Marshall for the 7th and then Broxton to work the 8th. Of course, Aroldis Chapman is the closer. For the most part that recipe has been a great success for the Reds.
More importantly though for the Reds, is that Jonathan Broxton has seemingly gotten stronger over the last 3 weeks, while some other guys have shown fatigue. In the last 10 games, Broxton has a 1-0 record, appeared in 10 innings, got a save, walked 1 and struck out 10. The best number, though, is he has allowed only 1 run during that time. His ERA in the last 10 games is .90. Overall, he stands at 2.49.
Really what Baker has here is reminiscent of the 1990 Bad Boys. Marshall doesn’t throw as hard at Norm Charlton did, but both Broxton and Chapman out power Rob Dibble and Randy Myers respectively.
Jonathan Broxton’s power will definitely need to be present for the next 5 or so days as the Reds have reportedly given Chapman the time off to recharge his batteries. If that is the case, and Broxton did close out the one run game last night, Broxton will be the closer. He has the stuff and the personality. It will be fun to watch as he fills in for the Cuban Missile.
What is fun is to watch a man that size pounce off the mound and play solid defense. Really is an agile guy, that Jonathan Broxton.