OT: Tigers Send Rondon to Minors

Submitted by nmumike on March 28th, 2013 at 10:22 AM

The Tigers will now have a closer by committee going into regular season play. I do not think that this is the best strategy for a potential World Series team.

Link: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130328/SPORTS0104/303280412/Flamethrower-Rondon-sent-down-Tigers-pick-mix-match-closer?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports

Rondon had an ERA over 5 this spring and was inconsistent...

Comments

bluesalt

March 28th, 2013 at 12:38 PM ^

I have no idea why he didnt get a real chance to win the job himself this year, or why he was left off the post-season roster last year. Not quite as good against lefties, maybe, but still held them to a .507 OPS last year, which is great. Seems like he's fourth or fifth in line, but he's got great stuff, and great numbers to go with his stuff.

French West Indian

March 28th, 2013 at 12:53 PM ^

...I wish we had an MVP closer like Willie Hernandez (who doesn't) but if that's the biggest problem facing the team, I'm not worried much.

They'll get it sorted out during the season.  Maybe someone will step up.  Or ore likely Dombrowski gets a steal of a deal as the trade deadline approaches.

jsquigg

March 28th, 2013 at 5:17 PM ^

Meh.  The closer is the most overrated position in baseball.  Managers actually cost their teams games by not having more than one guy available in the 9th IMO.  You should have your best reliever pitch in the most critical point of the game and let whoevers hot close the game out with someone else ready in case that pitcher gets into trouble.

With that said, I have no doubt Leyland will find the most challenging way possible to get the job done... 

umchicago

March 28th, 2013 at 8:01 PM ^

the guys you mention are great closers and saved tons of games.  but how many games were lost in the 7th and 8th innings for those teams?  when mgrs bring in their #2 or #3 relief pitcher in a jam in the 7th or 8th only to blow the game.  meanwhile, the hoffmans, riveras, kimbrels sit their idle in the bull pen.

the theory is that it's better to bring in your ace in a jam in the 7th or 8th and let the #2 or #3 guy close out the game with a 2 or 3 run lead and no one on base.

leyland, kind of unwittingly fell into this in 2006 when he used his most dominant guy (zumaya) to pitch out of jams and jones collected the easy saves.

TyrannousLex

March 28th, 2013 at 6:25 PM ^

Between flashes of brilliance, he had mechanical and control issues this spring. It would be possible to get him innings without being the closer but he's just a kid playing a position that's mostly psychological. Far better for him to make changes and improve at Triple A where he won't have to worry so much about mistakes getting pounced on, and where the coach won't have to worry about that scenario shaking his confidence.

I expect to see him under the bright lights this summer, and don't think that closer by committee is anything to worry about in the first 1/3 - 1/2 of the season anyhow.

I'm a little bummed the Berry didn't make the team, but they really wanted a right-handed bat and Tuiasosopo hit well. I think i'd rather have Berry's speed to plug into the lineup. I am glad that Don Kelly has been hitting well and made the team; his versatility is huge if he can keep hitting.