Slow Pitch wrote: TheBambino wrote:
Slow Pitch wrote:Funny thing is for all these assumptions I am a BJ Ryan owner and a Scott Downs owner.
I just think most of those in the BJ camp have no idea what they are talking about, Downs WILL NOT lose this job if he continues to be lights out in the role. I dont care how much $$$ BJ is making. As long as Toronto is in the running this will be the case. Now if they are 20 games out, then this philosophy would change.
Sorry Bud, I disagree with you there.... Should BJ come back to form and be "consistently
" pitching on par with Downs , I believe because of his contract he WILL regain the job. If you have 2 pitchers at the same skill level and demonstrating the same results .... why would you not put the one who is getting paid to be the closer, as the closer? Simple business logic to me......
Of course, some will argue that this will NEVER happen and BJ will always be throwing meatballs down the pipe.... You may be right.... and for that reason and that reason only, he wont regain the job.... not because Scott Downs is pitching well, but because BJ isnt.
You can disagree all you want, but sorry contracts dont dictate roles. If that was the case Gary Sheffield would still be a starting in the OF for the Tigers. I guess they didnt get this memo where contracts dictate everything.
The Jays arent going to change up anything that is working. If Downs & Ryan both pitch very well from here on out, Downs will be closing the reminder of the season. Why would they mess with something that is working for a winning ballclub? Cause Bj Ryans contract says so?? I think not.
Scott Downs has this job on lock down until further notice.
Of course contracts dictate roles. There is even an obvious example on the Blue Jays. The only reason why Vernon Wells is still playing CF despite his deteriorating defensive skills is because of his massive contract. Alex Rios has more range and is the superior defender of the two, but that doesn't mean anything to the Jays.
And yes, you are right...the Jays will not change anything up while they are winning. However...they are due to go through a losing spell (I hope not, but even the best teams do) and Scott Downs will blow a save at some point. If BJ Ryan pitches well, the potential for him to get his job back on this team is clearly there.