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SeovyeQuirsefron wrote:I wonder if Putz is one of those guys who can only close, and is just not the same pitcher in other situations.
Gagne is like that. As a closer he was -- and let us pray still is -- GAME OVER. But when he's been called on to do anything but close, he's just not the same pitcher. Remember when Hank Blalock took him deep, deep, deep in the All-Star game during his Cy Young year. That was in the 8th inning. Dusty Baker wanted to give John Smoltz the honor of closing, which was fair enough. Dusty just failed to realize that while Smoltz can pitch under any circumstances, Gagne can only close.
I don't know much about Putz, but is it possible he has the same gift/problem?
Guardado hasn't given up a run since May 3rd, he's pitching much better. Hargrove has said repeatedly that he wants to get Guardado back into the closers role eventually. No one is saying that he is back right now, but I don't know how you can act like Guardado has no chance of getting the closers job back.
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