stumpak wrote:20 is an absolute minimum with 35 wins? That doesn't make sense--the Os have 37 wins now and he has just 12 saves. T
he guy has a 1.50+ plus WHIP over the past 2 years, he is a piece of crap. No one is confusing him with Rivera, the Orioles are playing for next season and they would be stupid not give someone else a shot. If you want a closer with a really substandard WHIP and ERA, get Herges, at least he will get you a bunch of saves.
It makes perfect sense to me. Save opps are totally luck. Based on him getting 60% of opps. when the O's win then 20 is a given. These things even out over a season and he had less than 40% opps. in the 1st half. Look at Graves. The O's win 35 games he could conceivably save 30 of them. In any case he will get over 30 saves this year and you're nuts if you think he was ever going to be replaced by DeJean as the closer.
No way his first season was a total fluke. Second year regression with pitchers is very common. He does have focus problems but he is way way better than crap. If he gets regular work like he did in April when he finished the month with an ERA below 1.00, he will be just fine.