Ron Gardenhire reemphasized as recently as last week that Matt Capps is the Twins closer, even as Glen Perkins picked up two saves that Capps could not. Tonight Capps caused another chorus of groans across Twins Territory by blowing a save and taking a loss on a 9th inning home run to Eric Hosmer.
Looking at his stats, even compared to mediocre closers, are pretty bad. Many of his metrics can't stand up to those of the Cubs' Marmol or the Royals' Soria. To be honest, I don't think Twins fans will be seeing #ItsHappening much longer if Capps remains the closer. I created this graphic to show exactly why I cringe when he jogs in from the bullpen.
(photo credit: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)