Myers excelling in closer's role with Astros

Myers excelling in closer's role with Astros

PHILADELPHIA -- The walls of the hallway outside of the Citizens Bank press room are adorned with magazine and newspaper covers celebrating the history of the Phillies organization. Granted, for a franchise that has won just two World Series titles in over 100-plus years of baseball and has over 10,000 losses, much of the celebration is of recent history.

So it should come as no surprise, that current Astros closer and former Phillies pitcher Brett Myers is featured prominently. In fact, Myers is on several newspaper covers that came from his greatest moment as a closer, when the Phillies won the National League East title on the final day of the 2007 season.

At that time Myers felt he had finally found his role. He relished the role of closer and having the game come down to him and the hitter. Myers, however, didn't get to return to the bullpen the next season, as the Phillies acquired Brad Lidge and Myers returned to the rotation.

Now, four years later, Myers, who has nine saves in 10 opportunities, has again found himself in the role he was born for and is again excelling.

"There's a lot of similarities between [Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon] and [Myers]," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "He's done a great job. With all of his experience, he's really helped out down in our bullpen. Just in helping them prepare and learn about themselves. He's just been really big for us."