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It's unsafe around closing time

Several contenders are heading down the stretch with unreliable closer situations

Updated: August 20, 2009, 5:33 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It isn't necessarily true that to win a World Series you need a dominant closer.

What is necessarily true, though, is that to win a World Series you need a closer who doesn't cause the entire fan base's hair to fall out every time he starts to warm up.

But whether either of those adages is or isn't true, necessarily or unnecessarily, it's amazing how many contenders are teetering down the stretch with closers who aren't quite winning any Goose Gossage look-alike ...

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