Saturday, April 21, 2007

Much obliged, Flash

By throwing a needless meatball to Scott Hatteberg and blowing the game, you've opened the door to making Brett Myers the closer. And let's face it, if you're going to do something drastic like putting your best or 2nd-best starter in the bullpen, it might as well be to make him the closer.

Personally, I think the whole thing is ridiculous. Robbing the rotation to pay the bullpen makes no sense, even to stick Lieber in the rotation to bolster his trade value. Teams aren't going to trade for Baby Huey on the basis of one or two starts, and even by the time the Phillies are able to ship him off, what exactly are they looking for? If it's another reliever, they won't get much of one in return for Lieber.

I didn't see any compelling reason not to run Myers out for a second inning last night. He's about 10 times more confident in his stuff than Gordon is right now. And oh yeah, until recently, HE PITCHED SEVEN OR EIGHT INNINGS AT A TIME. You've got a 1-0 lead and a shaky closer, why does that guy automatically have the privilege to take it over? If today's game turns out to be a save situation, it's in Myers' hands, which is where it should have stayed last night, leaving Gordon available today. Garrrrr. Cole Hamels, no pressure, man!

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