BitterDodgerFan wrote:ABS for wood. is jensen lewis the backup?
I'd guess so. He pitched pretty well as the closer last year. I don't know who else would be in his way, not Perez. Betancourt was bad last year as the closer, so I'd roll with Jensen if I was to pick up somebody. That being said, I think Wood still has a pretty long leash.. tonight was just one terrible outing.
Texican wrote:Is Saito really the guy to have in Boston to backup Papelbon (and get holds)?
Boston in general has not shown a true 8th inning guy so far. And Saito has not had much action. Just curious.....
Personally, as a Sox fan, I would call Saito the "backup closer", but that doesn't mean he's the guy for holds.
Basically, I think Francona likes Saito's closing experience in the 9th, so he's the second guy there. But he doesn't believe that Saito's the best pitcher in his pen, therefore he goes to MDC/Okajima/Ramirez for holds in the 7th and 8th innings.