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Warning signs for closers?

Performance against first batter of a relief outing could go a long way

Updated: July 28, 2011, 2:10 PM ET
By AJ Mass | ESPN.com

With Tristan H. Cockcroft enjoying a well-earned week off, a call to the bullpen needed to be made. Luckily, yours truly was there to pick up the phone and so I'm here to provide some relief efforts of my very own this fine Thursday.

When it comes to major league bullpens, managers don't like uncertainty. They want to have that one go-to guy to answer the call anytime a victory hangs in the balance, and they don't want to have any second thoughts about the decision. As long ...

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