Friday, April 21, 2006

Its just two appearances, but...

Look every closer struggles from time to time. Except for Rivera maybe, but he's a freak. You can't get everybody out. It just doesn't happen. We just remember when closers struggle, because we usually lose the game.

So if Eddie rips of 10 saves in a row here, don't be surprised. Its really just two bad innings.

On the other hand, we are pretty sure that Eddie's shoulder is held together with safety pins and duct tape. Remember that he eschewed surgery on his rotator cuff and elected to just rest and rehab it. I can't remember anyone every successfully doing that with rotator cuff injury.

Eddie is lucky to get to 89 on the gun, this year his fastball has been in the 86-87 range. If he doesn't have pinpoint control, he's in trouble.

If this is the beginning of the end for Eddie, it'll be interesting to see how Hargrove handles it. It's not like he doesn't have options. Putz has been great so far and of course the people's choice would be Soriano. I'd rather see Soriano pitching multiple inning stints with the game on the line, than protecting 3 run leads in the ninth, but that's another topic. My guess is that Guardado's is going to have to pitch badly for a good long stretch before Grover makes a change.


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