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rlee wrote:This makes no sense to me if he has a history of arm/elbow/shoulder problems. It would put more strain on him to get up and be used or just warm up 3 or 4 days in a row.
Smoltz said that starting has been much less stressful on his arm. That's one reason he won't go back to closing.
TheYanks04 wrote:But you only have to do it for 1 inning...and never see the same hitter more than once in a game. Gagne was a pretty medicore at best starter who become a great closer because he could throw his best pitch as hard as he could and not have to worry about mixing things up, saving his energy or worrying about what to show a hitter the next time up.
Guys like Righetti in the 80's also. Not unheard of, but why the Cubs would do this instead of just go out and get a closer is a mystery. You could end up with a crummy closer and no SP just as easily.
CPHFighter1 wrote:You are missing the point. I (and rlee) were not saying that starters cannot become good closers. The point is that maybe it is not the best idea for a guy with arm troubles.
bmcginni wrote:Apparently Wood is resistant to the idea of taking on the closer role. Additionally, w/ the Cubs rotation in the shambles that it finds itself in, I wouldn't look for Wood to close anytime soon. Zambrano has, cough, "tennis elbow," cough, Dempster is shite, and Prior is a question mark. If Wood is permanently out of the rotation, that likely gives you BOTH Dempster & Rusch as starters-not exactly a scary lineup. Will Ohman? Angel Guzman? Sergio Mitre? Let's hope not.
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