stevethumb wrote:...that is just wishful thinking by scherzer owners to think that the d'backs would give him the closer's job this summer...they are in the middle of a pennant race and they are gonna give the job to a pitcher who started 17 gms last yr none above AA and has no professional closer experience...i don't think so..no matter how 'electric' his stuff is, MLB GMs and mangers are a conservative bunch when it comes to protecting their jobs and giving the closer's post in the middle of a pennant race to max scherzer is a recipe for firing..the d'backs would turn to blyon, tpena, cqualls, jcruz or trade for a veteran long before mscherzer is given the opportunity...scherzer may be auditioned in that role in the fall league or spring training 09 but NEVER this summer
Whoa, deep breaths there, pal. I was just letting the lovely folks here know what I've read on milbinsider.com (nice little site, check it out)... Apparently they now know (rather vehemently, I might add) what your professional opinion is. Here's what I get from diamondbacks.scout.com (a source a bit more reliable than yourself... no offense, of course):
The organization insists that Scherzer has the stuff to start. However, most scouts agree that his stuff is major-league-bullpen ready now, but that he needs a few more years of honing his secondary pitches to become a fixture in the rotation. So the plan may very well be to use Lyon as a stopgap, turn the ball to Scherzer if the Boras client is hot or if Lyon is cold, then finally turn to Pena around 2010 when Scherzer is converted back to a starter.
Sorry to turd in your Maypo, Stevie, but Scherzer has a shot at closing this year...