footballisbetter.com wrote:Quote from Sciossia regard Down's as the closer.
"I fully expect it to be temporary," Scioscia said. "The bottom line is we need arms in the back end of our 'pen holding leads. It has to be more than Scott Downs. Whether Jordan goes back to being closer -- which his stuff plays very well in the closer's role -- or if (Scott) Downs just takes off and runs with it and becomes a closer and somebody like (Jordan) Walden becomes a setup, we need depth at the back end of our bullpen."
The latter scenario seems most likely, currently. Maybe I'm biased as a guy who was able to snag Downs, but right now he's giving Scioscia no reason to not trot him out there in the 9th.
I also think Downs should keep the job. He's been solid against both righties and lefties for the past 5 seasons and still shows the same skills. Makes sense for him to be the bullpen ace in tight situations. And I'm also biased because I grabbed him in two leagues. Spent a fair amount of FAAB in one league, but it's mixed so there's not much action around the trade deadline to save up for. The fear here is a trade, I think. A team with playoff aspirations can't be trusting a guy like Jordan Walden at this point in his career.
Just picked up Marmol with the intention of grabbing his backup as well, if/when he loses the job. Who is the best bet currently? Wood is on the DL and the other options don't seem too enticing...any insight?
by footballisbetter.com » Wed May 02, 2012 12:51 pm
Crippler wrote:Just picked up Marmol with the intention of grabbing his backup as well, if/when he loses the job. Who is the best bet currently? Wood is on the DL and the other options don't seem too enticing...any insight?
I think that is the only reason why marmol is safe. There are no logical replacements in their pen. Even before Wood when on the DL, he was getting hit hard.
If you are speculating James Russell has been the most effective pitcher in that bullpen. Followed by Dolis. If Wood comes back and is remotely decent then he will be next in line. In other words, a shizz-show in Chicago.