Re: Whoda closer ?
- From: PETER SHORTS <petershrts@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 13:13:31 -0800 (PST)
On Nov 27, 3:04 pm, "Dano" <janeandd...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"nate" wrote in message
On Nov 27, 12:04 pm, Aceves-AvilesFan <srgntbi...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
If Bard is the heir apparent why have the Sox been going after Ryan
Madson , Francisco Cordero, Heath Bell and Huston Street ?
Because closers aren't as important as highly leveraged situation
pitchers, like Bard.
Look at Valverde's numbers, for example. They are most definitely not
Well just watch how Bard takes it if they go after a new closer and expect
him to be happy in his "highly leveraged situation pitcher" role.
They better either hand him the closer job or let him start. HE has to
"feed his family" too ya know. They simply don't give those "highly
leveraged situation pitchers" as much. I think that says something about
how teams value their pitchers.
I don't understand how so many just don't "get it" when it comes to closers.
They are the last line of defense. When they enter a game they are expected
to finish it off. That kind of pressure simply cannot be quantified. Of
course that's very important. When Bard came into a game as a set-up guy,
if he fails, then in came Pap. Just not even roughly equivalent to the
situation Pap would usually come into. That's why it's always such a big
deal when Pap (or ANY closer) fails those handful of times. THAT knowledge
is real mental pressure. Many guys never can handle that. We have no idea
if Bard can.
that pressure can be quantified - it's the leverage factor. i think
that certain middle relievers who pitch well in high leverage
situations are underappreciated and underpaid, but i'm not the one who
sets the market.
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