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Brandon League still M's best saves option

Updated: May 16, 2011, 4:43 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

One week ago Seattle Mariners closer Brandon League was owned in more than 90 percent of ESPN.com standard leagues, and I actually thought that figure was a bit low. League was cruising along with nine saves in as many chances, a 2.08 ERA, enough strikeouts to matter and seemingly newfound job security, as there was no telling how soon incumbent closer David Aardsma would be returning from his hip/elbow issues.

Of course, what a difference a week makes. I can recall only one other time in the past decade when a closer had as awful a one-week stretch like League just had. League lost four consecutive games in six days, blew the save in the final three, allowed 10 runs on 12 hits while pitching three innings and saw his ERA rise to 7.31. Look at his game log. It's incredible. Oddly enough, it wasn't that he was Aroldis Chapman walking everyone or Octavio Dotel getting lit by one side of the plate (left-handers, in Dotel's case) or even Brad Lidge, Scott Linebrink or Kevin Gregg serving up home runs. He just got hit, and each game was its own substory. SweetSpot writer/editor and Mariners fan David Schoenfield discussed this awful week as well.

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