Whenever we are in a funk in our lives, we try to remain optimistic by telling ourselves things will even out and it will get better. This way of thinking is pretty accurate most of the time, unless your life just really stinks. On the other side of the coin, if things are going really well, odds are something bad is going to happen to you very soon. Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde is proof that all good things come to an end.
Last season, Valverde converted all forty-nine of his save opportunities. Some people considered Valverde one of the elite closers in the game for this accomplishment; however, I didn’t think this way. I knew better.
Valverde has been an utter train wreck during the MLB Playoffs this season. He has allowed nine runs in 2 2/3 innings, which includes two blown saves. Obviously, Jim Leyland has removed Valverde from the closing duties for the remainder of the playoffs, favoring Phil Coke in closing situations. Yes, that Phil Coke who had a 1.648 WHIP in the regular season. That’s how bad Valverde has been.
The struggles of Valverde not only hurt the Tigers as they try to win the World Series, but they are costing Valverde millions upon millions of dollars. Valverde will be on the open market in 2013; ergo, he might want to hire a really good agent to sell him as a closer this off-season.
Personally, I wouldn’t touch Valverde with a ten-foot pole. He’s 35, coming of a very mediocre season,and he could have Byung-Hyun Kim syndrome after the way he has pitched this postseason. He probably went from getting a two-year, $10 million contract to a one-year deal.
Oh well. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.