Originally Posted by reds44
The lefty that throws 100 miles an hour and strikes everybody out would seem to be a good bet to be a good closer.
And when that lefty isn't on, he walks batters. A bunch. He's also a wild pitch/passed ball waiting to happen. But like I said, more importantly, he needs to be pitching multiple innings. Often. That's not going to happen if they label him the "closer".
A "closer" does NOT have to be a flamethrower. Just a strike-thrower. And Marshall, Chapman, Ondrusek, Arredondo all qualify for that. Sean simply has experience doing it before so it's his role for now. I don't get why that's hard to follow.
If a pitcher gives up 2 runs in the 8th or 2 runs in the 9th...what's the difference? If the pitcher goes 1-2-3 in the 8th or 1-2-3 in the 9th, what's the difference? None.