Showalter: Johnson is 'best option'

Showalter: Johnson is 'best option'
July 6, 2013, 1:00 pm
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(Associated Press)

NEW YORK – Buck Showalter doesn’t seem as if he’s planning on a change in closers. Jim Johnson blew his sixth save of the season on Friday night.

“We think Jimmy’s our best option,” Showalter said. “We don’t have anybody physically that can necessarily stand up.”

Showalter also said he’d prefer to stick with a single closer instead of having say, Johnson, Tommy Hunter or Darren O’Day get some of the save opportunities.

“In a perfect world you’d have one. That fits better for everybody else,” Showalter said.

Johnson had 51 saves in 54 opportunities last year, and he’s 29-for-35 this year.

“Physically, who can do it? That’s a big factor people miss. When you look at the seven or eight save leaders in each league, the one thing they have in common, they can pitch two or three or four days in a row, and that’s hard to find,” Showalter said.