Re: Fast forward 1 year: Who will be the Reds closer in 2012?
Originally Posted by Will M
You misunderstand me. If Dusty lets Masset (a right handed pitcher) close games while Cordero (also a right handed pitcher) sits then Cordero is getting disrespected. This is my take on the "Dusty as a player's manager" style. So I just don't see Dusty letting Masset close unless Cordero just can't go. However, if he lets Chapman close then he can tell Cordero "well you needed a day of rest & the 9th inning lineup had some lefties. you are still my closer". Chapman gets some 9th inning experience & Dusty doesn't feel that Cordero's ego is bruised.
Unless Cordero struggles MIGHTLY (even more than last year), you're not going to see anybody but him close games, no matter what hand the batters hit with. That's just not the way Dusty does thing. Rhodes was one of the best LHRP in baseball last year, and he never got a chance to close a game.
One way or another, Cordero is gone after this year. I voted Chapman, but it would be very Dusty of Dusty to give Masset the job. If Chapman is going to stay in the pen after this year, he needs to be closing.
I also see no logical reason why it would be Arredondo unless Chapman is moved into the rotation and Masset's arm falls off.
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Last edited by reds44; 02-15-2011 at 05:45 AM.