Scott Williamson is expected to be Boston's primary closer while Byung-Hyun Kim tries to regain manager Grady Little's confidence.
Williamson won't get all the opportunities, as Little plans to play matchups with his other veteran relievers. Williamson also might have trouble pitching in back-to-back games due to some shoulder tendinitis he's been dealing with. Still, you'll want him active this week. Source: Boston Herald
Byung-Hyun Kim - R - Boston Red Sox Sep 1
Manager Grady Little has decided that it might be time to temporarily try some other options at closer.
Byung-Hyun Kim is expected to be used in lower-pressure, non-save situations until Little feels comfortable using him as the regular closer. Kim isn't worth having active if he's being used as a setup man. Scott Williamson should receive most of the opportunities in Kim's absence, though Little said matchups could cause him to use Mike Timlin, Scott Sauerbeck and Alan Embree. Source: Boston Herald
Basically, if they are going with a semi-committee, it makes Williamson, Embree, Timlin, Sauerbeck and Kim all basically worthless fantasy wise.
"One of the teams represents truth, justice, the American way, and underdogs everywhere. The other represents George Steinbrenner!" - U.S. News and World Reports columnist John Leo on the difference between the Mets and the Yankees.
I don't know if I would because Kim could possibly get the job back with a couple of strong outings. Plus, Williamson is apparently unable to throw on back to back days with his shoulder problems, and Little said that it won't be just Williamson, it will be a committee based on matchups with Timlin, Embree, and Sauerbeck also getting save opps. If the save opps are that split up, none of them are really worth owning, so I'd lean towards benching Kim and hoping he gets the job back.
jdh wrote:I don't know if I would because Kim could possibly get the job back with a couple of strong outings.
Kim just had two outings against Toronto last week where he struck out 6 and allowed 1 hit in 2.1 innings. From other newspaper articles, the removal is specifically related to Kim's failures against the Yankees.
I think it's a move to see how pitchers like Williamson and Sauberback do in crucial situations and to give some rest to Kim who has been inconsistent in few games. I think Kim will be fine with some rest and innings with less pressure and soon he'll get the job back.