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Why our closing situation is the best


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Bruce Bochy must be in heaven. Closer heaven. With four guys who can shut down a game, Bochy can throw arms out there to face one guy at a time. When Bochy dreams at night, he must have visions of four closers making four different saves in four different nights. We all know that Bochy loves walking out to the mound. Now he can do it as much as he wants. He can bring stronger arms to deal with different parts of the order. And he can do it without nightmares of Brian Wilson head-butting him in the locker room. Uh-oh, the big strong lefty is coming up! Now Bochy can use a pitcher that will actually get him out. The Giants current closing situation is the best it’s ever been. It will have them prepared for another magical playoff run.

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The playoffs are all about matchups; when every game matters so much, every at bat counts. You don’t want a batter to face a pitcher he owns. (Unless the hitter’s on the Giants, of course.) With just one closer, you have to pitch him against a hitter who’s 4-4 with 4 bombs against him. He’s your closer. He has to get the save. But with the Giants’ unique bullpen, you can play the matchups. If the playoffs started today, the Giants would face Cincinatti in the first round. When Joey Votto comes up with the game on the line in the 9th inning…

Votto vs. Lopez 0 for 5 with 2Ks

Votto vs. Casilla 1 for 5 with a double

Votto vs Mota 4 for 7 with a double and HR

Votto vs. Wilson 1 for 3

You don’t want Casilla pitching. You don’t want Mota. And you wouldn’t want Wilson to come in there. You want Lopez. Uh oh, but now we have to deal with Ryan Ludwick. Would you want Lopez, with righties hitting .440 against him, to stay in the game? If we had a traditional bullpen, he’d have to. Now with our unique bullpen, we can take him out and put Romo in. Righties are only hitting .180 againts him, and Ryan Ludwick? Hitless.

The closer situation makes sure that the chemistry in the bullpen is excellent. Imagine what might happen if “The Closer” gets pulled in the middle of an inning. The closer would be mad. The closer might stomp into the dugout and throw a Gatorade jug against the wall. He might go even further and slam a bat into the wall. He could punch the jug with his throwing hand and get injured. Sound crazy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO4O_atFFPU

With our bullpen now, if we have to take someone out in the 9th inning, they won’t throw a fit. Our bullpen wants to do whatever it takes to help the team win. Imagine what this does for the team. It makes players feel like no one is more important than anyone else. It makes the team more willing to play hard. It makes the team want to do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNm6Sr54OWo

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