B.J. Ryan's fastball has been clocked as low as 84 miles per hour this spring, and the Blue Jays' closer hasn't shown much improvement. The dip in velocity is not thought to be injury-related and manager Cito Gaston is beginning to broach the idea of using another guy in the ninth inning. "I think (Ryan is) the type of guy, if he feels like he can't help us, he'll just say maybe use someone else," Gaston said Thursday. "He might not say it, but he understands." Jeremy Accardo might be the best bet to fill in, as he's done it in the past.
What you guys think? Accardo Or Scott Downs?
How about Carlson?
I like Accardo just because he has closed quite effectively already for most of a season. If it isn't given to Accardo or a guy like League that they want to take over long term, I'd think a committee would be the next most likely. Surely one of those lefties has a shot but I just think Accardo's experience, though somewhat minimal, gives him a decent edge. The consensus seems to be Accardo, Downs, Carlson as the guess at pecking order.
AmazinMeTS86 wrote:I see Motte was moved to the front runner for the closers role in St. Louis on the front page, but no word is out yet definitively as per Larussa. What are the some more thoughts as to this situtation?
I concur, Motte seems to be the guy right now. I think Tony and Dunc view him as the guy, but they don't want to officially name him closer. Part of it is that they want to feel free to go with someone else should Motte struggle a little. Part of it is that they dont really like to heap praise on young guys. They want Motte to 'earn' the closer title during the season, and they don't want him to feel like he has earned anything yet. It just kind of a motivational mind game they like to play. They don't want anyone to take anything for granted.
Kinney is moving up. Perez is falling out of the picture.
Wow, no idea that Ryan was having problems with his velocity. Much appreciated that this was posted, and that's very concerning. Fuentes and now Ryan having problems, the group of 2nd tier closers that I have confidence in is quickly dwindling.
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RAmst23 wrote:Wow, no idea that Ryan was having problems with his velocity. Much appreciated that this was posted, and that's very concerning. Fuentes and now Ryan having problems, the group of 2nd tier closers that I have confidence in is quickly dwindling.
Keep in mind that a healthy BJ Ryan usually throws around 88-92mph and gets results with his pitches rather than overpowering hitters. Still, this write up on him should be something to consider.
mweir145 wrote:Downs would be the closer for the Jays at the start of the season, IMO. He was the 8th inning guy last year, and the team's most dependable reliever.
Provided he's healthy of course (he had some issues earlier in ST and just started pitching in games again recently).
Yeah but Accardo was out injured and last time he was really health he was closing and doing a good job of it. We won't know who it will be, or even if it won't be Ryan, until the season starts most likely.