I don't understand why the Marlins keep allowing this guy to take the mound in pressure situations. He's already proven not just this year (with his choking down the stretch and so far in the playoffs), but throughout his career that he folds like a house of cards in any kind of big game or under any kind of pressure. Why would you let someone like that play in critical situations like extra innings in the playoffs? Looper is the type of pitcher that needs to be relegated to a team like the Tigers or to mop up duty, because he is awful.
Rough second half for Looper that has evidently carried over to the postseason. Most likely has lost all confidence in himself by now.
Yes doctor, I am sick. Sick of those who are spineless. Sick of those who feel self-entitled. Sick of those who are hypocrites. Yes doctor, an army is forming. Yes doctor, there will be a war. Yes doctor, there will be blood.....
Both are terrible under pressure but I'd take Benitez over Looper for two reasons. For one, Benitez has proven that he can be a devestatingly effective closer at times in his career and if he is on, he can be very automatic. Secondly, in a pressure situation, the ability to strike a batter out is very important. Benitez has always had a very high strikeout rate, while Looper's strikeout rate has been below average to poor throughout his career, despite his mid to high 90s fastball.
Just curious, who would you rather have had them trot out there at that point? Pavano? Fox and Urbina were already used up. The Marlins have a decent bullpen, but it isn't exactly Lidge, Dotel, and Wagner over there.
EugeneStyles wrote:Just curious, who would you rather have had them trot out there at that point? Pavano? Fox and Urbina were already used up. The Marlins have a decent bullpen, but it isn't exactly Lidge, Dotel, and Wagner over there.
yea, but he should go out there. He should have been left off the roster (should have been sent down in Aug). He had a 6+ era in the 2nd half... he sucks