I live in Pittsburgh, so I guess I've got as much of an inside scoop as anyone ... The Pirates were planning on something of a closer by committee, with Lincoln, Torres, Sauerbeck, and/or Boehringer all getting opps, depending on the situation. But Sauerbeck almost blew a three-run lead in the ninth in the first save opp after Williams was traded, leaving two on with no outs for Lincoln, but he got a DP and a lineout to end it and notch the save. Then Mac just went with the hot hand and let Lincoln have the save opp the next day and, despite allowing two hits, he pitched a scoreless inning and got the save. Now Lincoln has been the Pirates' best reliever -- ERA lower than 1.5 (I think), around 10 K/2 BB in 15 or so innings, and so they're going to stick with the hot hand for now. He's a decent to good pitcher and should keep the "closer" role until he blows it badly, and that doesn't look like it's going to happen ... Yesterday he allowed only a 2-out walk to Casey while retiring the rest of the 2-5 batters in the Reds lineup, including Jose Guillen, with a 1-run lead. He's been solid ... I would stick with him unless he blows up at some point, at which point he would probably become a late-inning reliever again.