I agree with Steve- Kimbrel needs to stay in the closers position. Billy Wagner was one of the best closers of 2010 and he blew 7 saves. It is going to happen, granted it shouldn’t be this often.
He has to continue in the 9th inning to really flourish…he isn’t going to get the same adrenaline rush pitching in the 8th. Venters is great don’t get me wrong, but I feel that since Kimbrel is the guy, they need to stick with him. The worst possible thing for him is to change his role and make him think his job is on the line every time he goes out on the mound.
WHY IS HE THE GUY??????????????? WHAT HAS HE DONE IN HIS “CAREER” TO BE ANNOINTED “THE GUY”? WHY ISN’T VENTERS THE GUY?
Fredi said this spring that he would flip-flop these guys. These are all important games we are talking about. Even the godlike Mariano Rivera had to wait to be the closer when there was a better option.
Curt – I guess it comes down to which kind of pitching style and which kind of personality is best suited for the 8th and for the 9th. I think our two guys are lined up in the correct innings right now.
But … if he keeps blowing saves, obviously my opinion changes.
Venters seems to have a better mental approach. Kimbrel looked totally shaken after he blew that double play ball in GM 1 against the D-Backs. With that said, he might not respond well to a demotion from the closers role.
At 10 years of age, I used to watch Macho Man Randy Savage on Saturday mornings while I ironed my dad’s shirts and my grammar school uniform shirts for the following week. Almost as close as Steve. Almost…
I’m all-in for a bench brawl. Just like hockey — In that sport it seems to get a team up.
Man, top 4 spots were all 0-fers tonight. Mather and Hinski were the only two to get hits. I hope they can invert those stats fast or we’re going to sink quickly and have to live on other teams doing our work — whicih usually doesn’t bode well.
Santana had been 1-3 with a 5.56 ERA and seven homers allowed in his past six starts, while Hudson was 2-1 with a 2.27 ER in his past five before Friday.
On top of that, Hudson was up against an Anaheim team that had mustered just one run in its previous three games combined, and hadn’t scored more than four runs in any game during their 1-7 skid before Friday.
Granted, Hudson is hurt – why they didn’t just have Martinez just start? – but it sure does seem like these things pop up a lot on our offensive end.