Timlin To DL.....Tavarez To Close
In a doubleheader of bullpen news, it was reported that Mike Timlin is headed to the DL and will make his earliest appearance no sooner than April 10th. And it now looks like Julian Tavarez (GULP!) will close.......this is from today's Herald. Title click for the entire article....
"Pineiro, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning last night, has a 3.72 ERA in eight appearances this spring, but he has allowed 13 hits in only 9 innings. Donnelly, who allowed a run in the eighth inning, has a 7.04 ERA in eight appearances, while Tavarez is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA in seven appearances.
Unless Pineiro pitches lights-out during the remainder of spring training, Tavarez likely will start the year as closer. The 33-year-old makes sense because of his durable arm and extensive experience in pressure situations during his 14-year major league career."
Peter here, and I'm less than thrilled. The club is only as good as its closer, and if Tavarez is indeed to be THE MAN, even if it's only for a short time before Timlin can step in, the prospect of a first place AL East finish is slim. And none. I'll say it right here and right now on this March 21st of 2007. The long-range solution to the closer question is not even mentioned here. Not if the Red Sox are to finish in first. Or second. Timlin, Piniero or Tavarez. Lions, Tigers and Bears. No, no and no.
Am I crazy? Not by a long shot.