RedHopeful wrote:One could probably speculate all day regarding the situation in DET but I'm not buying it remaining a committee deal more than 2-3 weeks into the season. Leyland has stated the importance of having a dominant single guy in the past. Best guess is the pitcher who gets hot and stays hot first wins the gig. Still don't think it'll be Benoit as Leyland has stated he's not a fan of him in the 9th. Anyone else though is game. If it starts turning into musical chairs a month or two in, expect either Rondon to get another shot, or more likely, Tigers pick up a guy for the job.
Agree on it not remaining a committee, and that Rondon could very well claim the job 2 or 3 weeks in. But, although Leyland wasn't enthused about Benoit as the closer, he also panned Coke ("Whether he would hold up physically and mentally trying to save games every day, I'm not sure") and Dotel ("he left me sleepless in Seattle, I can tell you that" /rimshot). That leaves Albuquerque, but from what I read, noone around the team seems willing to bet on him. From one beat writer:
http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2 ... troit.html
That means Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel, Joaquin Benoit -- they all could be asked to pitch the ninth inning. For that matter, Brayan Villarreal and Al Alburquerque could, too.
Heck, even left-handers Drew Smyly and Darin Downs could occasionally get a save opportunity. Leyland didn't rule anyone one Thursday.
And from the mlb.com Tigers beat reporter:
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd ... d=43430292
Still, Coke, Benoit and Dotel would be most likely to get the bulk of the save opportunities...
I just don't know -- yeah, Leyland doesn't seem to want Benoit there. But I can't say his chances are much worse than anyone else's.
Btw, for those interested, an ungated BP article on Benoit with no rest days, earlier today:http://www.baseballprospectus.com/artic ... leid=20024