Friday, September 6, 2013

Koji Fever Grips Hub: Uehara Could Be Sox MVP

(Charles Krupa, AP)
The Yomiuri Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers have to be kicking themselves. All three teams let Koji Uehara slip through their organizational hands. Now, Koji—at age 38—is the best closer on the planet. Uehara has appeared in 63 games for the Red Sox this year, hurling 63.1 innings. He has a ridiculous 1.14 ERA, .600 WHIP, and 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He's 3-0—with 18 saves since taking over the closer role in June. He hasn't allowed a baserunner since August 17th. He's set down all 23 batters he's faced since then. He's now gone 29.1 straight innings without giving up an earned run and hurled 26 straight scoreless frames. This is other-worldly. If you had to pick one player most responsible for this improbable season it might just have to be Uehara.