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slomo007 wrote:I think Borowski will be pretty good when he comes back from injury. He was pitching very well in ST and had most of his velocity back, and his new injury isn't related to the shoulder injury suffered last year so hopefully he recovers completely. I think he'll be pretty effective and get the job done for the Cubs.
Affeldt is just not that good of a closer, and has a terrible injury track record that is pretty frightening. Plus, he plays on a very poor team that will generate only a few save opps per month.
RawTalent wrote:I pick Affeldt over Borowski, only because I think that NEITHER will regain their jobs when they get back. Borowski reminds me too much of Rocker.
If Hawkins can get on some sort of a roll (and given that it's early in the season, he won't have the sorts of pressure put on him last year when he was closing at the end of the year), I don't think it's unreasonable to think that he could develop a "closer's mentality." I mean, the guy is a far superior pitcher to Borowski. And superior pitchers can learn to build a closer's mentality.
I for one think that "closer mentality," while important, is way over-emphasized. And while I don't know if Dusty Baker agrees with me, many of his comments suggest that he thinks Hawkins could thrive in a closer's role.
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