beltrans_boy wrote:No, he walks too many batters and his 1st inning WHIP and ERA are way too high. Plus, he's kind of a hothead. He wouldn't be good at closing out ballgames.
I'm not sure that first inning WHIP and ERA are a good indicator of how successful he could be as a closer. His warmup routine would be completely different, plus he wouldn't hold back at all as some starters do in the first few innings so they can go deep in the game.
Also, being a hothead isn't always a bad thing for a closer. See exhibit A: Gagne. Though I will admit that Wood needs to have more control over his anger than he currently does.
I wouldn't be completely against this move, but if it were to take place, that would mean both Dempster and Rusch would have to start. Suddenly that vaunted Cubs staff looks pretty average with Prior, Zamby, Maddux, Rusch and Dempster.
Also, it's tough to say whether or not coming out of the bullpen would actually be better for his arm anyways.
That being said, I'd love to see it. But the Cubs should just go by committee for a while and see if anyone else can hold it down (Wellemeyer, Ohman, Wuertz). Wellemeyer's got the stuff, he just has control issues at times. I'd love to just see him get a shot at it for a couple weeks. Ride the ups and downs, and I think he'd pan out. Of course, I said the same thing about Farnsworth over the last 2 years...