Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez appear to be the pitchers battling for the closer job on the Braves and they both have positives and negatives. Rafael Soriano will likely have the edge going into Spring Training as he is the healthier pitcher but he has some issues. He’s never been a closer in his career despite his outstanding stuff so one has to wonder if he can handle the job mentally. Soriano is 7-11 with 13 saves, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.02 ERA in his major league career so far. The righty has only given up 181 hits and whiffed 247 batters in 243 innings in his major league career which shows what kind of stuff he has.
Lefty Mike Gonzalez has experience as a closer but he missed most of last season due to injury. Gonzalez has a career record of 9-9 with 30 saves, a 2.29 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has only allowed 131 hits while striking out 196 batters in 172.2 innings which also shows what kind of outstanding stuff he has.
It is possible that the Braves will go with the matchups and let Soriano and Gonzalez share the closers job.