NZ Eff wrote: SpecialFNK wrote:
Frenchiegangsta9 wrote:Johnson blows
that's number 6 on the season. he had 3 all of last season.
I don't know if the Orioles have anyone dramatically better to replace him, but do the Orioles maybe trade for a closer?
Nope. 3 of those BS came over a 5 day period. Johnson had converted 14 of his past 15 chances before today. His leash is still long.
His control has been terrible as of late, walking six batters and hitting one over his last four innings of work. When he does come into the zone, he's getting hit, with seven hits over that same span. With two blown saves and losses in his last four appearances and the Orioles in the thick of the playoff race, they're not going to feel too comfortable sending him out there unless he can get his control back in order, especially with quality guys like Hunter or possibly an O'Day/Matusz committee to act as viable replacements.
If he looks bad and blows another save in his next appearance, I would think they make a change. The Yankees and Rays are right there and Buck Showalter just can't afford to keep letting Johnson try to regain his stuff in high-leverage situations. I've picked up Hunter in multiple leagues, but I almost feel like the O'Day/Matusz combo is a better move for the team, especially with the expectation Johnson will be right back in there in a few weeks if he improves.