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Closer: Leo Nunez
Nunez is having a Yogi Berra moment - a deja vu all over again from last season's late collapse. His 12.91 August ERA in 7 2/3 innings has been fueled by him yielding nine runs over his last three appearances, including his "BS, L" Tuesday (three hits, two walks, four runs on 37 pitches). It was his second gaffe in his last three attempts (Tuesday's was his first opp since Aug. 16).
Maybe Nunez's bouts with poor location and pitch selection are haunting him again. He has spent the last few seasons trying to perfect his slider and changeup, and he has shown rough patches aren't foreign. Though Florida previously said they want keep Nunez as part of their core as they head to a new ballpark next season, placing him on waivers isn't out of the question. The righty is expected to receive a notable raise in arbitration next year.
Either way, Jack McKeon says he still has confidence in Nunez and that the right-hander will not pitch Wednesday. Though last year's Nunez demotion happened under the watch of Fredi Gonzalez, and McKeon appears to be a little more loyal, you shouldn't take the elder statesman's words for granted.
If Florida demotes or ditches him, they'd probably run with Mujica or the southpaw Dunn, depending on matchups. The more experienced Mujica has more frequent use in save-like situations, which should make him your first target. Dunn has more upside but probably would be a better consideration for 2012.
Cishek has the skills to close but hasn't entered a game with a Marlins lead in his last 10 outings. The Fish haven't had many leads in that time, but his usage doesn't point to jumping into save spots.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 5
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