Originally Posted by WhiteSoxNation
29 of 33 is not a bad year. No one really judges closer by ERA anyway.
Plus I think this year Reed will start to bury his slider upping his K% Resulting in, most likely a lower BABip
Saves are kind of a useless stat so I wouldn't worry too much about it any way, just pointing out that by and large, Reed was pretty good last year with small lapses in performance (but he was a rookie, so you know, it's OK).
His problems seem to be more mental than mechanical. Article in the Trib today said that when he fell behind 1-0 in the count last year, he had like a .334 BAA. Obviously that's what he's got to work on. But again, I am confident there are enough contigency arms in this bullpen that it's not a concern for me going into this season. My biggest fear is that the Sox offense won't give him enough opportunities to rack up the saves.