Todd Coffey is the Reds’ closer. Not that he gets a chance to ply that trade very often.
Coffey’s a hard-throwing righty. He intimidates hitters with his fastball and his red, red goatee. When called out of the bullpen, he sprints to the mound from the back of the outfield, which he says gets him pumped up and ready for action. Hey, whatever works.
Here’s some stuff stole from his bio on Reds.com till I have a chance to come back and fill this thing out properly:
- In his Major League debut made 57 apps during 2 stints with the Reds
- posted an 11.25era in 3 apps for Cin from 4/19-4/25 and a 4.00era in 54 apps during his second stint beginning 5/9 through the end of the season
- in his last 3 apps of the season allowed 4er in 0.2 innings, raising ERA from a season-low 3.92 to season ending 4.50
- in his 24 apps prior to that season-ending 3-game stretch had posted a 1.21era (22.1ip, 3er) and in 22 of those 24 apps did not allow an earned run
- his career-high 13.2-inning scoreless streak from 5/16-6/24 consisted of 12 consecutive scoreless apps
- began the season at Class AAA Louisville and made 5 relief apps there before he was recalled on 4/18, when Ramon Ortiz went on the disabled list
- returned to Louisville on 5/1, when Ortiz came off the DL
- on 5/9 was recalled again and spent the rest of the season with the Reds
- made his Major League debut in the 7-1 loss on 4/19 vs Chi (2ip, 2h, 2r, 2er, 1hbp, Barrett solo HR)
- on 4/23 at Fla recorded his first career strikeout (Dontrelle Willis)
- earned his first Major League victory on 5/10 vs SD (5-1 win)
- began his career 4-0 before losing a 12-9 decision at Mil on 9/26
- that 4-game winning streak was second-longest by any National League rookie pitcher
- in the 7-2 victory on 8/28 at Pit threw 2.0 scoreless innings for his first Major League save
- on 6/25 at Cle took a Jhonny Peralta line drive off his left calf, missed only 2g.