bigh0rt wrote:quitesanemax wrote:Yanks_Baby wrote:I really like the Hawkins pick up. The Astros aren't in the toughest division, though the Cubs are good. Hawkins had great previous success as a Rockie, and is a seasoned vet by now, so the pressure of a closer job shouldn't get to him. The Astros don't really have a mind boggling offense, so a lot of their wins should be 1 or 2 run leads, lending itself to many save opps. I could easily see Hawkins posting 8-12 saves before valverde gets back depending on how many weeks til he returns.
Everytime he has become the closer, he does horrible. For Colorado he wasn't the closer. I didn't have him that year, so I wasn't keeping track. I don't know if he got a chance at closing that year, and that is where he got the 6 blown saves, or if that happened when he was setting up. But I don't trust him as a closer. I think at this point if he is available in your league, and you need saves, you have to take a flyer on him... but just keep in mind that when it comes to saves, he doesn't have a good track record.
The bottom line is that Hawkins is the best arm in the bullpen they have outside of Valverde. He's got experience closing, and has been very good recently. He is the guy you want in Houston for now.
They should move Oswalt to closer. He can impact every game then instead of once every five days.