After that unfortunate loss on Wednesday night against Toronto, closer-for-now Jonathan Papelbon got back into form in game 2 of the series, earning his 11th save in as many chances. (Contrary to what one co-worker believes, the loss was not a blown save, since he came into a tie game.) There are so many reasons to love this guy, so let's start with the baseball reasons.
- Games: 16
Ground Ball Outs: 15
Fly Ball Outs: 21
Earned Run Average: 0.53
Walks + Hits per Inning Pitched: 0.76
Batting Average Against: .183
Average Pitches per Batter: 5
Then there are the non-baseball reasons we heart Jonathan.
He does that nice leaning thing when posing for a picture (shown here with Beazer).
He's willing to sign the shirt on your—or in this case, my—back.
He is self-confident enough to walk around, however temporarily, looking like this.
And though he pitches like a seasoned veteran, he's still willing to do his rookie time.