Javy Guerra saves the closer in Marlins win
Miami Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough has been struggling of late, blowing his last three save opportunities and allowing 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings.
But against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, he had backup. After loading the bases in the top of the ninth inning and walking in a run, Barraclough was replaced with veteran reliever Javy Guerra, who got Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina to ground into a double-play to secure the 2-1 win.
“It was important to be ready,” said Guerra, who was awarded with the #JDF16MVPoftheGame chain. “I think overall I went in there prepared and got the right results. It went well.”
Guerra got his first save of the season and for one at-bat, there was a sense of nostalgia, dating back to when both his playing career and Don Mattingly’s managerial career began in Los Angeles.
“He saved (21 of 22) games for me in LA (in 2011),” Mattingly said. “I’ve seen him be in bases-loaded jams with nobody out and get out of them, so I know he’s a guy who’s not going to panic in that spot.”
Barraclough’s last three outings leads to suggest that his role could be in jeopardy. However, he is a valued reliever with 52 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched over 50 appearances and this season is meant for youngsters like Barraclough to work through slumps.
“I think he’s healthy,” Mattingly said. “If he’s not healthy, he’s not telling us, which I don’t think is the case, but it’s something that obviously you’re not going to sit here and make any kind of decisions quickly after a game. We just won a game and we wouldn’t do anything without talking to him about it anyway.”