Cornbread Maxwell wrote:2 for 2 is a bit misleading - he also got the L on 4-16, but he entered when the game was tied.
He didnt fair too well as FLA's closer last yr after they dealt for him either.
My enitre argument against Mota isnt that he is a bad pitcher (clearly he is good), but rather he isnt as much of a lock to remain their closer as some might have you believe. Just be careful in that you dont rely on him too much. His preseason ranking was pretty off in that he was considered in many rankings to be on the cusp of a top 10 closer, and I simply think that was too high because of the uncertainty surrounding him.
Isn't 2-2 a situation that you'd normally find a MR guy in? Why slide him back to middle relief in that case? He's clearly a failure in that role <rolls eyes>. You're really trying to twist the stats to fit an argument that really isn't there. The only problem with his season so far has been injuries and lack of save opportunities. If you truly think Todd Jones is a better option, I don't know what Todd Jones you've been watching the last few years.
I do understand where you are coming from, and no one here has said he can't lose his job at some point. The thread was based on the premise that he will come back in the middle relief role once he comes back from his injury. That is what I'm arguing against. The Marlins invested in Mota when they traded for him. They gave up LoDuca and Penny in that trade so they clearly were high on Mota. After seeing how Mota handled closing last season, they did seem to be a bit concerned in the off-season backing themselves up with Alfonseca and Jones. However, Jones will always only be a last case scenario of the 3. When healthy, Mota will really have to blow a bunch of saves before they go with a healthy Alfonseca too and Alfonseca is still out awhile. All I'm saying is that when Mota comes back (assuming he comes back healthy soon), I wouldn't expect him to lose his job for quite awhile (at least until Alfonseca is back healthy).