For or against the committee
Trying to take the bad taste out of my mouth from the last two games, not to mention having to listen to the annoying Orel for a couple hours last night, I’d like to talk about something on this off day that has been bothering (or not) almost all of us here for a little while: bullpen by committee.
Here is a direct quote from Bochy, the guy with the final say, on this topic yesterday in the Chron: “I think we can juggle it the whole way. Ideally, sure, you’d have one guy. But I think they enjoy knowing any of them could be out there in the 8th or 9th. Keeps them on their toes a little bit.”
So that’s what the boss says, at least for publication. I think if anyone can make this situation, unconventional as it is, work then it would be Bochy and Rags. Ramirez from 2010 seems to me the guy they haven’t been able to replace, i.e. another righty to set up for who is closing. Kontos and Hensley are not late inning/close game guys, and affeldt’s last few outings have been less than stellar.
Watching the Braves over the weekend you have to marvel at their pen guys— being able to go to Venters and Kimbrel plus Durbin and O’Flaherty can turn any game into a 7 inning affair. When SF handled Hanson and Sheets these guys weren’t a factor. Saturday after SF cut the lead to 4-3 and both starters were out of the game, we gave them some insurance runs while their guys held us off rest of the way. Last night Mijares put two runners on and then Kontos gave up a big hit to a light hitter that brought them in, and Hensley gave up two bombs in the 9th adding insult to injury. First two nights SF pen held them off after we got the lead; next two nights theirs did the same
Anyway, barring an unforeseen addition other than Mota or a call up such as Otero, this is what we have to work with. So tell me how you handle the delicate situation of set up guys and closer during the stretch drive..