Steve-o wrote:Re: Milw closer and Villy pitching in the 7th, I think he is out as interim as well. However, I think it is Coffey who gets the call, not DiFelice. Coffey has not allowed a run since he was added to the Brewers roster last year. Macha has been using him consistently in the high leverage situations. Additionally, he was a closer for Cincy for about 3 weeks, so he has some experience.
That's just my gut feeling, not anything I have read.
As a Reds fan, Coffey did not have the mental fortitude to close in Cincy and I doubt he will in Milwaukee either.
I admit that Coffey stopped closing in Cincy because he stunk it up - probably because he didn't have the mindset for it. However, I think we all know that relief pitcher's "mental fortitude" changes from year to year, week to week, and even day to day.
Let's look at the game logs from this year:
4/8 - Enters in the 7th with 2 out with bases loaded and Milw up by 2. Retires the batter he faces and completes the 8th.
4/10 - Enters in the 8th Milw down by 1. Retires the side.
4/11 - Enters with two outs in the eight, bases empty, Milw ahead by 1. Retires 1 batter
4/13 - Enters in the 8th Milw down by 1. Retires the side. Allows two baserunners in the 9th. Leaves the game with 2 out and 2 on and Milw still down by 1.
4/15 - Enters in the 9th with Milw up 6. Retires the side
4/17 - Enters in the 7th with two out and bases loaded and the game tied. Leaves in the 8th after getting 4 outs with the game still tied.
Everyone of those games but one is a high leverage situation imo. It seems like his "mental fortitude" has been fine this year.
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