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Thursday, March 21, 2013
The myth of the proven closer

By David Schoenfield

2012 Giants: Sergio Romo, three career saves before 2012.
2011 Cardinals: Jason Motte, 12 career saves when postseason began.
2010 Giants: Brian Wilson, 3.73 career ERA at start of season.
2009 Phillies: Reached World Series despite closer Brad Lidge, who went 0-8 with 7.21 ERA.
2008 Rays: Reached World Series with rookie David Price, no career saves.

2007 Rockies: Reached Series with rookie Manny Corpas, zero career saves before 2007.
2006 Cardinals: Rookie Adam Wainwright had three career saves when playoffs began.
2005 White Sox: Rookie Bobby Jenks had six career saves when playoffs began.
2004 Red Sox: Keith Foulke had been 0-2 with no saves in two prior postseasons.
2003 Marlins: Josh Beckett closed out Game 6 with a complete game, not Ugueth Urbina.