Originally Posted by SC Reds Fans
While I do not disagree with you, he is now 17 of 21 in save opp's. I do not disagree that we move him at the break, unless we are knee deep in a real race (hey, let me dream), but I think he has been solid the last season + 2 games
He's doing a fine job -- in the end, as long as he continues to make outs and keep his strikeout totals above around a 7 k/9, he should be alright as closer.
However, the more he (along with any other pitcher on this staff) has to rely on putting the ball in play and having the defense make outs behind him, the more likely it is there will be more and more blow ups in the future.
And, for what it's worth, I disagree about shipping him out unless you get some decent return. He's 36, durable, and probably has at least another year or so of good baseball left in him. On a team with no bullpen whatsoever, that's not a commodity to be tossed away for more stickless wonders that are out of options or velocity challenged hurlers with no out pitch.