View Full Version : If the Reds settle on one closer to open the season, who should it be?

02-19-2007, 02:55 AM
If the Reds settle on one closer to open the season, who should it be?

Will be interesting to see how Reds.com fans and RedsZone.com fans differ in opinion.

02-19-2007, 09:20 AM
I'd love to see Coffey get another shot. Go with the younger guys first to see what you have.

02-19-2007, 09:48 AM
Right now I think Coffey gives the Reds more value as the 8th inning guy. I'm not crazy about Weathers but I think he's more mentally prepared to handle the role than the other candidates at this time. Long term I'd love to see Bray groomed for the role.

Johnny Footstool
02-19-2007, 10:00 AM
Bray needs to prove he can get major league hitters out in the 7th inning before the Reds start giving him the ball in the 9th.

02-19-2007, 10:16 AM
Given what we know now (i.e. in the absence of any ST knowledge) I think you have to go with Weathers, distasteful though it may be.

02-19-2007, 10:56 AM
Stormy out of the gate. Adjust as necessary.

02-19-2007, 01:08 PM
Coffey, he's done it before

02-19-2007, 04:08 PM
weathers veteran who knows how to save games he'd be my first choice then bray

02-19-2007, 04:10 PM
At least Coffeybro voted for his bro.

02-19-2007, 04:58 PM
At least Coffeybro voted for his bro.

Yeah I thought I would give him the benefit of the doubt. :thumbup:

02-19-2007, 05:01 PM
Yeah I thought I would give him the benefit of the doubt. :thumbup:

I was torn between your bro, and Bray. I think your bro could be a perfect set up man for Bray, or vice versa.

02-19-2007, 05:46 PM
I voted Bray, and have Coffey set him up.

02-19-2007, 05:54 PM
Alex Gonzalez will pitch underhand, move in 10 steps, and catch everything. It'll look like Wonder Woman stopping bullets with those magic bre--- er, bracelets

02-19-2007, 08:38 PM
I'd like to see Coffey win the job, just because I think it works best to have a closer who's a hard thrower. Coffey's got the most velocity of the guys on that list.

Maybe he won't get the job, just because a fireballer is needed to pitch between all of the soft-tossers in the pen?

02-20-2007, 03:42 AM
I voted Coffey because he's easily the best pitcher in the pen. I really don't think its realistic though. Without Coffey earlier in the game, its doubtful that many leads will survive until the 9th to even get the save. That would of course make Coffey's workload pretty sporadic and probably limit his effectiveness.

Kind of a catch 22 here. Coffey should get the chance to advance his career based on his relative effectiveness (closers make a lot more money), but without him setting-up he or whoever the closer ends up being, would likely be pretty bad in the role.

Unfortunately Coffey will need to pitch earlier in the game to consistently get the leads to the 9th. Whoever the hot hand of the day is should get the save chances. Being good will cost Todd some money I'm afraid.

Ron Madden
02-20-2007, 04:18 AM
I voted for Coffey to close.

But then I think Todd is the only one in the pen I would trust to pitch the 7th and 8th to set up the 9th. :dunno:

02-20-2007, 09:25 AM
Given those choices, I'd go with Coffey.

02-20-2007, 11:53 AM
Going with Weathers

Last year he was pretty dominate outside of that horrid month. I know you can't exclude all the bad stats in order for someone to look good, but he pitched extremely well outside of that bad month. Don't have the stats off hand, but the latter part of the season he didn't allow much at all.

Besides that fact, I think he would make some good trade bait if he gets a bunch of saves, and pitches well we might be able to swap him for something good at the trade deadline.

Razor Shines
02-20-2007, 01:19 PM
I voted Bray, and have Coffey set him up.

I think Bray would have to have an awfully good ST to come out as the closer after the way he pitched last year. I agree that he has the talent to do it, but so far I don't think he can be trusted with leads in the 9th. But he's young so maybe this is the year he can put it together.

02-20-2007, 09:15 PM
Got to go with Weathers out of that group. Bray is not ready yet...as has been said, he needs to prove he can get hitters out in the earlier innings before being thrown into the 9th. Coffey has tried (albeit in a very small sample size) and failed in the 9th and has proven to be pretty damn good in the set-up role. Stanton is alittle bit of an unknown at this point.

02-21-2007, 03:52 AM
at least Coffey has potential for the future...Stantton is a stopgap at best.

02-21-2007, 11:28 AM
How about signing up Jack Bauer? lol

That's a tough choice, but I guess I would go with Weathers for the above mentioned fact that he's done a "decent" job at it before and I wasn't comfortable with Coffey from last year. But, face it, they are all less than great options and I wouldn't be immune to any of them given a chance.

02-21-2007, 12:06 PM
How about signing up Jack Bauer? lol

No way, disaster follows that guy around.;)

02-21-2007, 12:27 PM
Kent Tekulve

02-21-2007, 02:09 PM
How about signing up Jack Bauer?

Only if Kim comes to the games with him.