Milwaukee Brewers: Should Jeremy Jeffress keep the closer’s job?
The goal of running a Major League team is to find a player who is suited to represent each position well and will put your team in the best position to win. The Milwaukee Brewers have found that in the closer’s role with Jeremy Jeffress.
If you follow the Milwaukee Brewers on a regular basis, you will be familiar with the incredible story of Jeremy Jeffress. You would also know his success lives in Milwaukee. At 30 years of age, he has been around the block in the Major Leagues. He has pitched nine years in both leagues, and parts of six years with Milwaukee. Given his affinity for the city, it’s no surprise that his stat line differs with the crew.
How did Jeffress pitch in the American League?
In his career away from the Milwaukee Brewers, Jeffress has been mediocre. He owns an era of 4.76 with Kansas City, Toronto, and Texas. He was once a shell of his current self, but how much of a difference has he made in Milwaukee?
How has Jeffress done with the Brewers?
What Jeffress has been able to do in the Milwaukee has been nothing short of a godsend to this team. With the Milwaukee Brewers, where he is most comfortable, Jeffress is one of the best arms to come out of a Major League bullpen. He owns a career ERA of 2.24 and holds a record of 21-4. He has not always had the closer’s role, but it seems that no matter what role he has been given, he will always come out and shut down the opposition.
How has Jeffress thrown in 2018?
This season Jeffress has been extra-special, extra-clutch, and extra-everything else a dominant closer is. To go along with his first All-Star selection, he has also held down the bullpen in the ninth and put away several crucial games.
In 2018, Jeffress is having a career year. He owns an ERA of 1.41 and he has notched 11 saves. In 70 innings pitched he has 81 punchouts, and opponents are hitting just .194/.266/.290 against him.
In yesterday’s victory over the Cubs, Jeffress produced a perfect demonstration of just how locked in he is. He came into a save situation up by one run and in Wrigley Field. Division implications were on the line and he threw in one of the most hostile environments to come into as an opponent. Jeffress once again showed everyone why he is one of the most underrated arms in all of baseball, and he should absolutely remain as the Milwaukee Brewers closer.