I cant understand how Leyland can continue to bring Todd Jones out in the 9th. I understand that Jones is a veteran and that they have a lot of money invested in him but he is costing them games left and right. Over the last month hes giving up almost 2 hits/walks and over 1 ER for every inning pitched.
Rodney and Zumaya are obviously better suited to handle the closer job. Zumaya has better stuff and is obviously the closer of the future but why not give him a chance now.
I know closing duties can be too high pressure for 21 year old rookies, but look at Papelbon. If Detroit keeps putting Jones out in the 9th they wont be in first for long. Hes already cost them a bunch of games, and he isnt getting better. He gave up 4 hits and 4 ER last night blowing the game for the Tigers, while Zumaya gave up 0 hits/walks and struck out 5.
This situation reminds me a lot of Lidge's situation 2 years ago, and when he took over he became a superstar. Hopefully Leyland wises up and lets Zumaya take over the closer role by the break.
Use Jones as a set up man, or just euthanize him, hes a joke.