Yes, pure Fauvism (“the wild things”)...much in the style of André Derainged.
There are many so-called experts that claim anyone can close games. I am here to tell you that couldn’t be more false! I have played with guys that could go out in the seventh and eighth innings and dominate, but when put in the closer situation they couldn’t begin to do it.
Why is that? First, it is an understanding of the mentality of the hitter in the eighth inning, and the mentality of the hitter in the ninth inning.
I know I made a living throwing balls and getting guys to swing at them. The key to that is throwing strike one. Once you throw strike one to a hitter in the ninth inning in a one-run game, you don’t have to throw another one. All hitters want to be heros. So, as the closer, you can expand the zone. What makes a great closer is the understanding that the pressure is not on you as the pitcher. The pressure is on the hitter. You already have the lead as the pitcher.
...All over baseball, the closer role has been terrible . There has been 272 save opportunities. And only 145 saves. That’s 65.23 percent. This has to be fixed. Because a blown save and a loss will demoralize a club faster than anything in the game. But there are young closers who need to learn the art of closing and figure out that the pressure is on the guys with the bats in their hands. They are behind!