The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Two-out closer

Posted by disappointmentzone on 23 August 2007

If you watched this afternoon’s Indians-Tigers game you saw a number of usual sights: a great performance from a starting pitcher, an uninspiring (to put it kindly) performance from the offense, and a win (70!). But that’s not all. You also saw closer Joe Borowski come into the the game for a save, retire the first two batters he faced, and then nearly collapse with two outs. From no out and no on Borowski quickly gave up a run and had runners on second and third. This is about the nineteenth time this has happened to Borowski. (1)

Borowski is fairly good with fewer than two outs in save situations. (2) Should Wedge only use Borowski in those situations? You know, put him in for the first two batters and then pull him. Obviously this is a stupid idea, but so is Borowski giving Indians fans unnecessary heart attacks.

Anyway, up 2.5 games heading into a weekend series with the Royals — while the Tigers face the Yankees — is a pretty nice spot to be in, so for the time being there will be only minor grumbling about matters that are really big but have no obvious solutions. (3)

fn 1: Most infamous time: first Yankees series, game thre.

fn 2: Not so good in those non-save situations. See: first Yankees series, game three.

fn 3: There are, in fact, obvious solutions, but none of them is a solution Wedge would actually implement.

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4 Responses to “Two-out closer”

  1. Haze said

    Look at Chicago. Look at Boston. Flamethrower high-ceiling young guy dominates late innings.

    I say Adam Miller still makes it to the back end of the bullpen this year, IF he’s added on the 40-man. I think he will.

  2. Erik said

    Adam Miller can’t stay healthy enough to make the back end of the bullpen. The Indians are protecting him, and I can’t say I blame them. Every month it seems like he’s tweaking his elbow.

    I’m beginning to wonder if Miller is going to be another Jason Davis or Ferd Cabrera, a large reservoir of unrealized potential.

    I think we have the bullpen we’re going to have for the rest of the year. The fourth guy is Jensen Lewis, and that’s probably not going to change.

  3. I’m with Erik on this one. I don’t see the Indians risking Miller’s health putting him into the bullpen as a closer, although I don’t think he’s going to turn into another Jason Davis. If Miller doesn’t make it it’ll be because of health reasons. With CC potentially being gone after next season Miller is the natural replacement on the roster and depending on how things go with Lee, we probably will see Miller early next season, should he remain healthy.

  4. Haze said

    Just curious: What’s the likelyhood of Byrd’s option getting picked up? He’s set to make 8 mil in 2008 or become a free agent after this season, could clear up some cap room. I think with Sowers, Laffey, Miller and Lee things are getting somewhat too clogged in the starting rotation to spend 8 mil on a guy we know is solid but a backend of the rotation lackey. Sign and trade perhaps?

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