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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A’s remove Jim Johnson from the closer role

SoCalDemon Posted: April 10, 2014 at 01:21 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, closer role, there's fifty feet of crap, and then there's us

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   1. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: April 10, 2014 at 04:28 PM (#4684024)
A lucky manager is one who has a "good enough" closer (usually a long term guy, established in the role) while elsewhere in the bullpen he has his real live-arm (usually a younger guy who's "not ready") whom he can bring in in high lev situations without upsetting the apple cart. But with the advent of 8th and even 7th inning guys with established "roles", these situations are fewer and further between. The closer stat has caused a domino effect of sclerotic decision trees.
   2. Willie Mayspedes Posted: April 10, 2014 at 05:07 PM (#4684074)
There's 2 other guys better suited to close in Doolittle and Gregerson. I'd say let Melvin mix and match those two and put Johnson in the game in less high leveraged situations. If he starts getting people out put him back in the 9th. If any manager has the skills to do this it's Melvin. His position players have many platoons but still seem happy with their role and are productive.
   3. dr. scott Posted: April 10, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4684099)
They were up 6-1 today, and Johnson stayed in the bullpen. Maybe it was too early to try that experiment, but don't know how many opportunities you get to let someone pitch in a blowout. Speaking of which, when do the A's play Houston?
   4. Davo Dozier Posted: April 10, 2014 at 06:12 PM (#4684110)
Maybe it was too early to try that experiment, but don't know how many opportunities you get to let someone pitch in a blowout.
Eh. He threw 27 pitches yesterday.
   5. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: April 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4685036)
Johnson was awesome yesterday in his low leverage outing and the A's made it a game after Felix left.. I still don't like him facing lefties with the game on the line when Doolittle is in the pen though. If they could platoon him as closer with Doolittle I'd be satisfied.
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: April 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM (#4685039)
Johnson is a good relief pitcher who sometimes doesn't have it. If he's not a closer, then "well, he just doesn't have it today" and you take him out. As a closer, you leave him in there lose the game and now he's a failure at his job.
   7. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 12, 2014 at 01:11 PM (#4685043)
I remember reading an article soon after the A's acquired Johnson that it would save them money in the long run because it would keep arbitration costs down for whoever they would put in the closer role otherwise (and the first year of arbitration compounds on all future years). Looks like that didn't turn out so well.

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