Aaron Heilman has been named the Diamondbacks' new closer as Chad Qualls continues a season of frustration.
Qualls has 12 saves on the season but pairs that with an ugly 8.46 ERA that is going up, not down. He has given up seven runs total in his last two outings while Heilman has been sucessful in a setup role, posting a 2.83 ERA in 28 2/3 innings.
Manager A.J. Hinch said while he wouldn't rule out using Qualls in late innings, the goal is to use him in low-pressure situations, according to the Arizona Republic . By using him in low-pressure situations, Qualls can work on "his delivery and his pitch-making," says Hinch.
Heilman is in his first season with the Diamondbacks after spending six years with the Mets and one with the Cubs. The Cubs dealt him to the Diamondbacks for two minor league pitchers in the offseason. That's proved to be a fruitful trade for Arizona, as the team has the worst bullpen in the major leagues with only Heilman producing.
Heilman's season high in saves is five, set back in 2005 with the Mets.
-- Evan Brunell
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