Todd Coffey officially became the closer on May 31, the last day of the month.
Todd's April ERA in 15.0 IP was 0.60 w/opposing batters hitting .246 against.
Todd's May ERA in 15.0 IP was 1.80 w/opposing batters hitting .214 against.
Todd's promotion (so to say) became effective on the first of June.
Todd's June ERA in 7.1 IP is 7.60. Don't have the opp batt. avg yet.
I would like to again remind the jury that Todd was the closer effective June 1.
We all know correlation may not imply causation, but I think it is fair to assume that Todd is not handling closing duties well. Appears to me that he is more comfortable in a setup role.
Make Matt Belisle the closer effective as soon as he is healthy enough to pitch.
Put Todd back in the role he occupied in May/June.
Float a PTBNL to the Indians for Scott Sauerbeck. Restrict the universe of PTBNL choices to Rick White, Chris Hammond, Richard White, Ricky White, and Christopher Hammond. I'd also float a PTBNL to the 'Backs for Russ Ortiz, and promptly place him in the pen, provided we do not have to acquire much of his salary.
If the Sauerbeck trade does not go through, we need to reassign White and Hammond. Create a fan game that allows the fan to throw a baseball as hard as he/she can and, instead of having the fan guess how hard he/she threw the ball, he/she will guess what part of the White/Hammond anatomy he/she will hit. Bonus points are awarded for the left/right arm as applicable, and free beers to all if he/she hits a groin, so as to reduce the possibility that White and/or Hammond should reproduce. Think of it as flea market Darwinism. Should the player miss the target entirely, he/she has to pay double.
With regards to Mercker, Mays, Yan, Weathers, so on and so forth..I really don't know. I can't even think of creative ways in which we could inflict pain upon them. Honestly, all jokes aside, there is not one single person in this bullpen in which I place any confidence. Actually, that's not completely true - I have a high degree of confidence in their ability to allow runs to score each and every time they appear in Reds' games.
I never fully appreciated how important the bullpen is. When I was old enough to understand baseball, we had the Nasty Boys. Few years after they left, we still had a pretty good bullpen, although the rest of our team was lousy. I never understood what a priority it was. Don't think Jim Bowden or Dan O'Brien did either.