By Michael Beller
August 06, 2013
Since upgrading his pitching repertoire this year, Francisco Liriano has developed into the Pirates' ace.
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• Given that all 30 closers are likely in place for the rest of the year, we'll move away from the comings and going at the position. Instead, we'll focus on the great relief performances we've seen this season, and I'd like to start with a guy whose praises I've sung all season, Koji Uehara. Despite being the best reliever in the Red Sox' 'pen, he didn't get a chance to close until the end of June, but has been one of the most effective closers since taking over the role. This season, he has a 1.40 ERA, 2.12 FIP and a ridiculous 71/9 K/BB ratio. Hitters have managed just a .150/.196/.279 slash against him, and have popped out nearly twice as often as they've hit line drives (18.5 percent vs. 10.4 percent) Appreciate Koji, everyone.

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