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Picking a closer

SC posted eloquently about our problems with Sherrill after last night's debacle -- the bullpen as a whole was farking brilliant; Sherril not so much.

Let's live in a fantasy for a moment -- we have four guys in the 'pen who all could legitimately be a closer.  All four have some legitimate claim to the role, and all four have some obvious question marks as well.  Who would you pick?

SHERRILL

Pros: The established closer.  Our all-star last year.  Has largely gotten the job done with the biggest casualties being heart attack victims among the fanbase.

Cons: Kind of sucks.  Didn't actually deserve to be an all-star.  Might be more useful as a late-inning LOOGY.

JOHNSON

Pros: Hands-down the best Orioles reliever in 2008.  Appears to be having another great year so far.

Cons: Coming off of some serious shoulder issues.  Never closed games before.  Doing great in the 8th-inning role he already owns -- why rock the boat?

RAY

Pros: Has closing experience.  Has nasty stuff.

Cons: Coming off of Tommy John surgery and we've seen very little of him so far.  Was previously known as "Captain Explodes-a-lot" in his stint as closer.

BAEZ

Pros: Has closing experience.  Appears to be absolutely filthy so far this year.

Cons: We've seen very little of him this year, and the last two years, to be polite, were an absolute dung-heap.

 

So, what do you think?

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