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Troy Percival is the epitome of consistency, while Jose Valverde can't get out of an inning without allowing a run. Is this the twilight zone? This is why you don't invest heavily in closers on draft day. Let's examine six closers and their situations:

Trevor Hoffman, RHP (SD): Trevor Hoffman blew his second save of the year on Wednesday -- and Greg Maddux's bid for his 350th win -- but there is nothing to really panic about with Hoffman. His ERA is an eye-popping 8.22 but the Padres will stick with him for a while. He's allowed seven earned runs in 7 2/3 IP, which is not Hoffman-like, but at this point you stick with him. Cutting him means somebody else will pick him up on the cheap and trading him doesn't net you much. Hold on to him and he'll probably snap out of it.

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Manny Corpas, RHP (COL): Manny Corpas, who saved the Rockies bullpen en route to a World Series run last season, is now doing what Brian Fuentes did last season: blowing saves. Corpas has blown saves in three of his last four games, which has opened the door for Fuentes. At this point, Fuentes has a lot of value and should be picked up. He has blown saves in his last two outings, but prior to that, he hadn't allowed a single run in 11 IP.

Chad Cordero, RHP (WAS): Chad Cordero has tendinitis and general weakness in his throwing shoulder, but Dr. James Andrews didn't deem him surgery-worthy. That's a step toward Cordero regaining his closer's role. It's hard to gauge when - or if - he'll recover but if he's on the waiver wire, keep your eye on him. Saves are hard to come by at this point and Cordero will reclaim his role when he's healthy.

Eric Gagne, RHP (MIL): Here's the guy everyone wants to throw under the bus but I'm not there yet. Eric Gagne has blown back-to-back saves but there are a number of factors that have come into play here. First off, Gagne has had trouble pitching off of a rainy mound, which explains two blown saves (against Chicago in his first appearance and against St. Louis recently). "Rainy mound" is a weak excuse, but I'll go with it. His latest blown save actually wasn't his fault. He induced a game-ending, routine double play that Ricky Weeks wasn't able to handle, which allowed the game-tying run to score. Furthermore, the Brewers bullpen has been overworked of late. Even though they carry 14 guys - more than most teams - they have played a lot of extra innings, which has worn everybody down. Just keep in mind that before his last two blown saves, Gagne did notch five straight saves while allowing 0 earned runs in that span. The Brewers are 9-1 in games that he has pitched so don't throw him under the bus yet.

Jose Valverde, RHP (HOU): Here is one guy who I am loathing right now. Last year the Arizona Diamondbacks were able to channel Jose Valverde's erratic pitching into shutdown closing, but now he's apparently forgotten how to get batters out. Valverde has two saves, three blown saves and a WHIP of 2.10. Forget his ERA of 9.00, his 2.10 WHIP is embarrassing for a closer. He's been hit hard too. He's allowed four home runs already. The good news is that he's brought his ERA down to 9.00 over his last two outings and his last blown save was Doug Brocail's fault. Hopefully he turns this around because he's talented enough to be one of the league's better closers but he's also erratic enough that we might forget about him after this year.

Joe Borowski, RHP (CLE): If you thought that Joe Borowski was going to get punted out of the closer's role when he hit the disabled list with a triceps injury, you were mistaken. Rafael Betancourt has exactly zero saves since Borowski hit the DL and you can bank on Borowski returning to his role when he gets back. The team pushed him through a triceps injury and threw him out there to close when he was less than 100%, which gives you an indication of how they want the roles to play out. They could have easily placed Betancourt to close but instead insisted on an injured Borowski. Expect to see him back to pitching in the ninth inning when he recovers.

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