Phillies Closer Options, and Metallica?

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Jul 22, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 22, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 9, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Araujo (59) works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Photo Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
Jul 9, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Araujo (59) works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Photo Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports) /

Elvis Araujo – “Death Magnetic” (2008)

Remember when the Phillies raised eyebrows and gave this player a major league contract, even though he had never pitched about Double A in his minor league career? Based on the reports, there was cautious optimism that he’d be a valuable asset to the bullpen.

That’s like Metallica’s eighth studio album. Many people were hoping, based on what the band was saying to the press, that it would be another classic. This was especially true after the twin disappointments of “Load” and “ReLoad“.

Boy, were they right – both the album and Araujo were really good.

Looking closely at Araujo’s season, he was actually just as good as his numbers (118 ERA+, 2.71 DRA) reveal. Is he the best option to close? Probably not. If you were to choose this album and use it for the right purpose (working out, running, etc.), you’ll get exactly what you need out of it.

In comparison, it’s nice to know that if Mackanin were to call on Araujo in a high leverage spot, chances are he and the team won’t be disappointed.

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