Monday, May 12, 2008
Gagné Announces No Longer Fit for Closer Duties
Gagné announced that he was no longer fit to have the closer's job, he was relieved of the duty indefinitely for a closer-by-committee philosophy. Gagné took it upon himself to unofficially demote himself by saying he no longer deserved to be the closer and that negative thinking was hurting his performance. His stats on the year: 15 2/3 innings, 18 hits, 11 walks, 6.89 earned run average, 1.84 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), five blown saves - Gagné called his recent performances "embarrassing."
So Sunday's game the Brewers sent in Salomon Torres and Brian Shouse, to close out a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park.
So far, so good. The Brewers have been getting good results lately from its bullpen. Pitchers such as David Riske, Salomon Torres, Brian Shouse, and Guillermo Mota have pitched solid and each one could be inserted as the Brewers closer. Even Dave Bush could be used as the closer, who was sent to the minors, but recently called back up after Yovani Gallardo injury. Bush was a closer in college at Wake Forest. The team was 73-0 when Bush came in as the closer. Not too bad. Discussions have been made to insert Seth McClung into the starting rotation and put Bush in the bullpen.
Derrick Turnbow was recently sent down to the minors and Gagné is no longer the answer for now, the Brewers will have to insert a different guy depending on the situation, and use the closer-by-committee approach.