akula wrote: StringerBell wrote: Prooks25 wrote:
StringerBell wrote:Owens got an easy one tonight. After a few shaky outings, he`s recorded 3 saves and a win in his last 5 appearances. This includes 2 saves on the road vs. the Mets, 1 in which he toughed it out in some hard rain.
Are the spectres of Julio and Tankersly gonna fade for the permanent spot?
If he keeps this up, he won't lose the job. That's obvious.
I dont think its so obvious. Teams do funny things. Look at the Gagne/Otsuka situation.
when completely healthy, Gagne is perhaps one of the top closers of all time. You can't say the same thing about Tank or Julio. If I am the manager of Texas, I would always give Gagne the nod as long as he is healthy.
Owens is an average closer at best but he is doing alright so far. Don't waste your roster spot on Tank unless Owens starts to struggle again. Use that spot on guys like Capps, Soriano, Cabrera...etc.
Please don't ever use "when healthy" to back up a player like Gagne. He will never be put in the same sentence as Mariano Rivera or Trevor Hoffman. Gagne is no where near a top closer of all time. If I wanted to use the "when healthy" statement I could use it on tons of injured talents who have put together a couple of great seasons.
It's not fair to talk bad about Tank yet either. The guy hasen't even been given a shot yet, he's very young and has tons of talent. He very well could be better then Gagne, it has yet to be determined.
I disagree with not using a roster spot for Tank. He deserves one, even as a reliever who doesen't get saves he's quite valuable. Though I do believe he will get a chance to close at some point in the season.