Originally Posted by Brutus
Well that situation has often been Simon's role this year, and that's the role that Homer is suggesting be given to Ondrusek instead.
Simon hasn't been given the "mop-up" tag. He's been giving the tag of long reliever -- the guy that comes in a game when the starter can't make it out of the 3rd or 4th inning. Tonight it was LeCure, but usually it's been Simon.
At one point in the season, the Reds were something like 2-15 in games that Simon had pitched in. And Simon has been pretty darn good. That's the definition of a guy used in a mop up role.