Re: Tandem Closers
posted at 10/10/2011 11:10 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Tandem Closers
[QUOTE]harness ( my best friend) not much diference between Tandem Closers and Bullpen by committee is therehttp://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/
gammons/story?id=2083626 Then in 2003, the Red Sox tried their infamous "bullpen-by-committee," which when it turned into a disaster prompted GM Theo Epstein to take his 1B-3B-DH surplus and deal Shea Hillenbrand for Byung-Hyun Kim a trade that throughout the industry was pronounced as a master stroke . I think there is something to be said about having set roles
Posted by pinstripezac[/QUOTE]
Yes, there is a difference. Tandem closers would have
their set roles: One will pitch the 8th and the other the 9th, depending on match-ups, etc. The understanding is that no longer will the 8th frame be sen as a set-up position
. It's importance rivals that of the 9th.
BP by committee goes more with the hot hand, which is also a good idea in that set roles can be detrimental if, say, the set-up guy is pitching great and got the side out on few pitches. Why bring in another arm when the "closer" can be fresh for the next day's game?
In addition, having two closers also gives the MGR. leeway in that if one works hard in the prior game, the other is available. How many times have we seen Paps or MO not available to close due to heavy work load or injury?
I realize Soriano didn't cut it in a non-closer role, but was that due to mindset?