scb175 wrote:Cliff Politte guys..... Cliff Politte
Politte seriously struggles against lefties (they hit .278 against him over his career....1.68 WHIP... .226/1.14 against righties), so if that really became the case, I would expect a complete committee in which Damaso Marte pitched against lefties and Cliff Politte pitched against righties. Politte cannot become a full-time closer due to his lack of ability to get lefties out. However, Ozzie hasn't shown the slyness to probably even know that, so it's possible.
I'll quickly add that Neal Cotts (2.42 ERA/1.03 WHIP/.167 BAA) has pitched well this year and Ozzie might not feel too bad about moving Damaso to the closer gig if he's confident in Cotts to be the lefty specialist. However, Kelly Wunsch was a damn good lefty specialist who neither Guillen or Manuel really trusted and even let go after last year.
It's too bad Luis Vizcaino isn't pitching well. He looked like a possible future closer for MIL in the past before getting dealt.