It may not always be pretty. But at the end of the day, Jon Rauch has had four saves chances, and he’s converted all four of them.
The Minnesota Twins’ five-game winning streak has only included one blowout, giving Rauch ample opportunities to prove that he’s the one to replace injured closer Joe Nathan.
Rauch closed the door with ease in his first save. The last three have been a little more hair-raising, but they’ve ended with saves nonetheless. Twins fans ought to be used to it by now, recalling Eddie Guardado‘s tenure as the closer.
More importantly, the bullpen as a whole has done a very nice job. Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain and Brian Duensing have been nearly untouchable so far this year. Pat Neshek has done the job. And even Alex Burnett looked good in his one outing, albeit during garbage time of that blowout win over the Los Angeles Angels. Jose Mijares has been the one reliever that’s struggled, but his track record is such that he’ll be given every chance to success as the situational lefty in the ‘pen.
So while Rauch may make things interesting, Twins fans have got to be very satisfied with the way the bullpen has performed during the team’s first week, which has produced the current five-game winning streak.