Havok1517 wrote: The Jury wrote:
Geek wrote:We'll see if he has the mentality for it. Brad Lidge didn't.
Zumaya is nails, man.. I can't see him faltering as a closer.
What a dumb comment. Lidge has been the closer of the Astros for 3 years and already has 102 saves. He has a rough year in 2006 but he still had 32 saves. Lidge does have a closers mentality. Hilarious.
But Havok, 75% of those saves came before his first major hiccup in the 2005 NLCS. Pujols broke Lidge. Closing seems to require an other-worldly sense of self-confidence. Lidge was lights out until he was beat. Ever since that day, it's as though he's afraid of any strike he throws getting knocked out of the park. There is no room in the Major League Closer's mind for fear. There is only room for confidence, loads and loads of confidence.
I think the Tigers would be wise to continue to allow Zumaya to set up Jones next year. Zumy needs to prove that he can put bad outings behind him in a less-pressurized situation so that he isn't mentally broken before his potential is ever fully realized.