slomo007 wrote:For what it's worth to anyone....I just picked up Duke, but I am not starting him if/until he successfully converts a save opp.
I'd say as of now, he's the best bet from what GSes is saying, and I think we should believe him here.
It is very much a commitee right now and while I am huge on not passing up on guys who are potential closers, in this case I wouldn't pick up Mecir or the Duke just yet. I fact I would even consider droping Rhodes, b/c he is that bad. This bullpen is ugly and is a complete disaster. Really the Duke should have been given the closer job about a month ago but the A's are content with giving Rhodes the majority of the save opps or they just let the starter go for the CG.
Rhodes is horrible
Mecir is worse
Duke is the best of the three but he is struggiling lately (4.63 ERA in June)
The A's are basically a commitee right now, and I don't see anyone emerging except for the Duke but like I said before the A's are big on keeping the Duke in Long relief b/c he has the abaility to go 4 or 5 innings if needed or even longer since he is naturally a starter (2003 AAA PCL Pitcher of the Year).
I wouldnt touch any of them right now. Just keep and eye on the situation.
No one knows this, but this BEST RP on the team is Chad bradofrd but the A's refuse to give him a closing shot b/c they dont trust a sumbmariner in the 9th