Now that the Pirates have a new Closer I can only hold out hope that this time around Clint Hurdle will use him for the role that is meant for a Closer. The main objective is to win games…and while it is nice that the Closer gets a +1 in the column for a save, we still have to hold to the main objective of winning the game.
Too often in past years Hurdle has treated this role on the team as a SAVER, rather than a CLOSER, with less regard for the team and more regard for whether he can get a save for Watson, Melancon, Grilli, Hanrahan, etc. There is a reason that this mediocre team always manages to send the Closer to the All-Star Game. Hurdle pads the stats of the Closer and too often it comes at the expense of the team’s stats. My thought is to pitch the person THE MOST LIKELY to get the win for the situation. I don’t care if the Pirates are up by one run or five runs…if the Closer is able to go then give him the ball. Hurdle on the other hand will not pitch the Closer if he cannot earn him a save, and a five run lead will not earn a pitcher a save. STOP IT HURDLE!! Do the right thing! Do what is right for the team!