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?
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.
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?
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.
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?