ravenmad22 wrote:RawTalent wrote:I pick Affeldt over Borowski, only because I think that NEITHER will regain their jobs when they get back. Borowski reminds me too much of Rocker.
If Hawkins can get on some sort of a roll (and given that it's early in the season, he won't have the sorts of pressure put on him last year when he was closing at the end of the year), I don't think it's unreasonable to think that he could develop a "closer's mentality." I mean, the guy is a far superior pitcher to Borowski. And superior pitchers can learn to build a closer's mentality.
I for one think that "closer mentality," while important, is way over-emphasized. And while I don't know if Dusty Baker agrees with me, many of his comments suggest that he thinks Hawkins could thrive in a closer's role.
So why won't Affeldt get the closer job back? MacDougal sucks.
I'll give you a few reasons. One, I don't think the Royals will get that many save opportunities to cause an extreme meltdown for MacDougal. Two, given the way he pitches, MacDougal's skill set is far more typical of a closer than Affeldt, so I would think KC actually wants him to be the closer. Three, groin injuries tend to effect a pitcher's velocity, and since Affeldt got pulled because of his lack of velocity, I just don't see him having much confidence in the next few months to really let his pitches loose.