Re: Closer Tryouts
posted at 6/20/2013 9:15 AM EDT
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
I've seen enough of Bailey as closer, but Farrell has not, and he knows a lot more than I do.
Five relievers on this current team have better ERA's than Bailey--Uehara, Tazawa, Miller, Breslow, and Wilson. What they all have in common that Bailey does not have is the willingness to mix in breaking balls. Last night Farrell commented that opposing hitters are feasting on Bailey's fastball in part because he won't throw anything else in the strike zone.
His location of the FB is the issue, not so much just the FB.
Farrell will throw Bailey back out there to close next time. He seems to give his players some rope to reel it in and perform up to expectations. If they dont, then he has made no secret of it that he will make a move. He uses more patience than some here, who would remove any player after a couple bad games it seems.
If Bailey cant pull it together over the next few chances, they will make a move.
Personally, I like paps back in Boston. But the more I think about it and look at RDLR, I think they should think about him. He still has got poor control over 5-6IP. A ton of walks. But to condense him to 1IP and let him air out, that FB and ++ change could work as a closer.
The fact of the matter is that Bailey has been ineffective as a closer, whatever the reason is. He has had 11 save opportunities and blown three. In some of the others he created drama that is not characteristic of good closers. His ERA is over 3-not good for a closer, and his WHIP is 1.21, again not good for a closer. If this is not the time to remove him from that role then that time is getting very very close. Uehara cannot do it; he will break down in that role, and Miller has control issues. I would prefer Tazawa for now.
Taz looked terrible and out of place in that role last time. If Miller is hot, then he should do it. But it will be closer by commitee because once he cools down, as you said, he has control issues. Id see how RDLR does. Hes got a ton of walks when the pitches 5-6 innings. Maybe if hes just throwing 1IP he can harness it.
Im not saying to make any change right now. Just suggestions for a possible replacement IF Bailey should fail.