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AHF wrote:Thoughts on which reliever to speculate on:
Phil Coke or Mitchell Boggs
RedHopeful wrote:One could probably speculate all day regarding the situation in DET but I'm not buying it remaining a committee deal more than 2-3 weeks into the season. Leyland has stated the importance of having a dominant single guy in the past. Best guess is the pitcher who gets hot and stays hot first wins the gig. Still don't think it'll be Benoit as Leyland has stated he's not a fan of him in the 9th. Anyone else though is game. If it starts turning into musical chairs a month or two in, expect either Rondon to get another shot, or more likely, Tigers pick up a guy for the job.
That means Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel, Joaquin Benoit -- they all could be asked to pitch the ninth inning. For that matter, Brayan Villarreal and Al Alburquerque could, too.
Heck, even left-handers Drew Smyly and Darin Downs could occasionally get a save opportunity. Leyland didn't rule anyone one Thursday.
Still, Coke, Benoit and Dotel would be most likely to get the bulk of the save opportunities...
SpecialFNK wrote:has Leyland said he has preferred 1 set closer in the past?
I was wondering if Leyland could handle his relief pitchers similar to how he has handled OF in recent seasons. seems he doesn't mind using multiple OF in any games with whatever the matchups are. maybe Leyland could use any and all of the pitchers mentioned all based on matchups and who has pitched recently avoiding pitchers on back to back days.
I totally disagree with people who don't think you need a closer to win. Most teams that win have a truly dominant closer.
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