Closer drama. 94 comments

It’s as if Major League Baseball said, “We need more drama. So, have your closers struggle.”

Normally reliable closers like Jeremy Jeffress and Craig Kimbrel have been shaky so far in these playoffs.

The more the Brewers run Jeffress out there, the more they are playing with fire. He’s making heart palpitations where there shouldn’t be any.

He had a blown save in Game 1 of the Division Series against Colorado, giving up two runs in the ninth. The Brewers saved him by winning it in the tenth.

He got a save in Game 2, but he came into the game in the eighth with the score 4-0. Even Tanner Scheppers has difficulty blowing a four-run lead.

In Game 3, he came into the ninth inning of a 6-0 game and walked a batter and gave up a hit. That was all they needed to see of him that game.

Then the Championship Series started. He came in with two outs in the eighth inning of Game 1 in a 6-1 game and immediately gave up two singles and walk and allowed three runs to score. The Brewers clung to a 6-5 win.

In Game 2 he recorded a blown save and a loss allowing a walk, a home run, three hits and two runs in one inning of work.

Then last night in Game 3, his team up 4-0, bottom of the ninth. Next thing you know he’s allowed a single, a double and a walk. The tying run is at the plate.

It makes for great baseball watching. Unless you are watching it from the Brewers’ dugout.

So far, no matter what the question is this post season for Milwaukee, Jeremy Jeffress is not the answer.

(times listed Eastern)