It appears that Terry Francona has seen enough of Chris Perez in tight situations.
Terry Francona just told Mike Trivisonno on WTAM 1100 that Chris Perez is no longer the closer for the #Indians.
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) September 27, 2013
On the Indians’ pregame show on Fox Sports, Francona said he would use a committee type of approach to the closer role, using individual match-ups to determine who pitches when.
Chris Perez gave up a pair of home runs on Tuesday night, losing the lead in the process before Jason Giambi homered in the bottom of the ninth to bail the Indians out.
Last night Perez allowed four earned runs in the ninth inning. The Indians are clinging to a 1 game advantage over the Texas Rangers in the wild card standings with just three games to go in the season. The Indians can’t afford a blown save going forward, which is why Francona has made the move that he has.
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