I think Tankersley has a really good chance to be the Marlins closer.
Boyer? Who knows. He had a shoulder injury and hasn't pitched since 2005. So it is just a guess if he comes back, and if so, what he will pitch like.
Borowski is 35. Probably the right thing for the Marlins to do is trade him this week since everyone wants bullpen help. But even if not traded, the chances of injury, descreased performance, etc all increase with age.
There was just discussion in the pinned closer thread on this:
in10s wrote:teddyballgamemvp, I like Tankersley too. But what do you think about the conventional wisdom that says with few exceptions lefthanders can't be closers.
I think that's just random. BJ Ryan is a lefty. So is Wagner. And I'd take Santana and Liriano as my closer in a heartbeat (both former relievers). Tankersley hasn't given up hits to righties or lefties. The big difference is that he strikes out righties at a much better clip-- so he actually has a reverse split (a lefty who struggles-- only relatively-- against lefties).
P.S. And I want him to close because he's still available in my super-deep dynasty league!
More on Taylor Tankersley, aged 23, lefty setupman and future closer. I didn't see the game, am just looking at tonights box score:
Entered in the 8th, Marlins winning 2-1 over the Braves. Faced Thorman (lefty), Langerhans (lefty), and A. Jones (righty)
10 pitches, 9 strikes.
Granted that Thorman is a Rookie, and Langerhans is in the typical sophmore slump. But still, I wonder if Tankersley could be special. I've been watching him all year, and they have really brought him along well.
I'm watching him, he is on my keeper league roster, and I think he has a chance to get some closer chances this year, and maybe the full time closer next year.