NZ Eff wrote:
now maybe things change after last night. I don't think they should. 1 game shouldn't change anything. otherwise what's going to happen when Frieri has a similar type bad inning.
Of course nothing will change after last night and of course nothing would change if Frieri had a bad game. Downs will remain the 8th inning set up guy and Frieri will continue to be the closer.
no offense. I don't mean this as a negative in any way. but I don't think you've been paying close enough attention to the way Scioscia has been using Frieri AND Downs this season.
you also didn't answer 2 of my questions.
IF Frieri is the closer and Downs is set up. how many other teams in baseball have their "set up" guy get even close to as many saves the closer?
IF Frieri is the closer and Downs is set up. Downs has gotten saves in games where Frieri was also available, even games where Frieri pitched in the game before Downs. when does that happen with a closer? without going to look and research details, I can't imagine any situation where a team users the closer in what would be a save situation game before the set up guy where it's the set up guy who ends up getting the save.
as far as talking about this in a different thread. well we had that, it got locked. sorry.
I also think this is perfectly fine to be talked about in the "closers thread" seeing as how both Frieri and Downs have been getting saves. not meaning to pick out anyone specifically, but "people" think/assume the only one in LA getting saves will be Frieri. in that case someone could trade for Downs really cheap if the other owner sees Frieri as "the guy", and have Downs pick up 5-10 saves in the 2nd half.
I have also tried many times in posts where I have talked about the Angels to also include information about other teams and closer situations so that it's not always Angels stuff coming from me.
if we're talking names in Minnesota, maybe Jared Burton is a guy to keep an eye on. he was also getting saves along with Perkins when Capps was injured.
what are the chances that Brandon Lyon gets to close in Houston if/when Myers is traded? or does Lyon himself get traded? his numbers aren't that different from 2010 when he was closing games. some managers like to have someone with experience.