Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Player Profile: Matt Belisle

I have eight cards of Matt Belisle. This one is from 2006 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Matt Belisle came up with the Reds in 2003 and pitched regularly both as a starter and reliever. He signed with the Rockies after the 2008 season, and after a rough 2009, has pitched very well in middle relief over the last four years. In 2012 he led the National League in appearances.

Where he is now: In 2013 he made 72 appearances, going 5-7 with a 4.32 ERA, his highest since 2009.

My memories: Ten years in the major leagues and I’d never heard of him; that’s what happens when you’re a middle reliever for Cincinnati and Colorado when they are second division teams.

Google Autocomplete results: He is sixth when you type Matt Bel, between Matt Bellassai, a BuzzFeed editor, and Matt Bellamy Twitter, referring to the frontman for the band Muse. There do not appear to be any other prominent Matt Belisles.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Tim Belk.

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