Terry Francona is keeping the closer decision confidential right now. However, he has been quoted saying that Cody Allen will “pitch in every meaningful game.” While it’s in the form of a setup role or the closer is yet to be announced, I like to think he’ll be the guy in the ninth inning. Even last season, I thought Allen had closer-potential for the Tribe. When I think of a closer, I look for strikeouts and a low WHIP. In 2013, Allen recorded 88 Ks and a 1.25 WHIP. The hits need to be reduced this season (62 knocks allowed in 70.1 innings last year), but with John Axford as his biggest competition I think Allen wins the job.