I agree with JD Mc. Borowski is in no danger of losing his job anytime soon. I live in the area, and Dusty and everyone else is calling him "The Closer." He has thrown well this spring:
5 IP, 5k, 1 Earned Run, 1.20 WHIP
and the last two years.
2002 - 95.2 IP, 97k, 2.73 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
2003 - 68.1 IP, 66k, 2.63 ERA, 1.05 WHIP (33 Saves)
Nothing in this recent trend shows me (or Dusty, for that matter) the Borowski shouldn't be the closer. Hawkin's numbers are similar, if not a little better in the last two years, but those last two years were as a set-up man for one of the games best closers.
Let's look at the last time Hawkins was a closer, in 2001.
51.1 IP, 36 K, 5.96 ERA, 1.91 WHIP (28 Saves)
Farnsworth put up some nice numbers last year, specifically in k's (92 in 76.1 IP), but his history suggests that he is not closer material, at least not this year.
By, far, Borowski is the toughest out of the three of these guys (toughest in closer terms). He has the mentality of a well-travelled journeyman who finally got a break (Eric Gagne, similar story, obviously two different pitchers). Dusty has faith in him. He would have to go in a serious long slump to lose the job in Chicago.
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