thehat wrote:slomo007 wrote:Wagner is not ready to close....yet.
Weathers is not a Major league caliber pitcher...anymore.
Graves is their only real option and I'm completely baffled as to why he didn't keep the job. He converted 10 of 12 save opps. Stupid, absolutely stupid.
Graves was beyond awful, and he sealed his fate when he lobbed the middle finger at the heckler.
None of these guys have any legit value at this point (Graves, Mercker, Wagner, Weathers). Better off with a Jesse Crain, who won't get any saves but is well on his way toward garnering Vulture of the Year honors.
He just had a rough month or so, no reason to hit the panic button and thrust the team's best pitching prospect in to a role which he isn't ready for yet....running the risk of completely destroying the confidence he's already built up. Regardless of how "bad" Graves was....he was a closer, and he CLOSED 10 of 12 games (I think those are the right numbers). If Cincy had not used him in so many non-save situations, he'd still have the job today. Who cares how he pitches when there's no pressure, I just want him to pitch well when the game's on the line.