Pondering The Closer(s)
Well Twins fans, has it really come to this…the dreaded CBC (Closer By Committee). My thoughts on the candidates:
The safe choice. Matt Guerrier is a solid setup man, and would likely do a tidy job in the ninth as well. The problem: He’s oh so valuable as that solid setup guy. I’d only go to Matty if another candidate fails.
Well, it’s clear from the picture that Jon Rauch would have the role if intimidation was the only factor. He’s got a live fastball, but can’t always control it. He’s the guy I would throw out there to begin with if Neshek isn’t ready. Has previous closing experience in Washington, for what it’s worth.
When we last saw Jose Mijares, the Yankees were walking off. I would be really scared trusting this guy to the ninth inning in pretty much any situation. He’s too much of a head-case and easily melts down (the worst character trait of a potential closer).
The picture says it all for Jesse Crain.
Of course, if Pat Neshek successfully shows he has come back from Tommy John surgery, this whole debate will be moot. I mean, would you want that coming at you? Every time he’s been healthy he’s dominated batters, so barring arm issues he should be the guy.