Jon Broxton again has demonstrated that the bigger the stage, the smaller he is. I am tired of people making excuses for him. I have heard that “He hasn’t pitched enough and that’s why he blew the game“ and now I hear “he has pitched too much which is why he blew the game.” As Broxton walked out to the field you could feel the fear. I could almost smell it! I told the family that he was going to blow the game. My wife says he takes forever between pitches, like he’s afraid to throw it and I said “he is!” Jon Broxton is an elite closer (allegedly) who should be able to get 3 outs without giving up 4 runs. Yes, Loney made a bonehead play, but Broxton blew the game!
The Dodgers should have never been there if Broxton was not a choke artist! For those of you who want to overwhelm me with stats, here is where FIGURES LIE! Broxton blew the game, but he gets no blown save, which is BS! TOTAL BS! Jon Broxton blew what was the biggest game of the year for the Dodgers. Remember this game because if the Dodgers don’t win, this game could have been a pivotal change in the Dodgers fortune, but Jon Broxton wrestled defeat from the jaws of victory. When you mention the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies and all the big name teams, Jon Broxton’s knees turn to jelly. This loss wasn’t on Torre. Joe wanted the win and brought what is his best pitcher in to seal the deal. I’m no Torre fan, but this isn’t on Joe. Quit making excuses for Broxton. My wife calls him “a loser.” He can pitch with the best, but I tend to agree – he’s a loser!
If you are an elite closer, and his stats say that he is, then your manager should be able to bring you in anytime. Not a closing situation? BS! He is allegedly your best pitcher, and that game meant so much to the Dodgers. I have no quarrel with Joe bringing in Broxton. Actually, I think it was smart. I do have a quarrell with him bringing in Cheryl. He is toast. As I said in the off season, Ned should have traded him because we have seen the best of Cheryl. THREE LETTERS: DFA!
This is not a “knee jerk” reaction.I have been saying this about Broxton for years. National TV, Sunday Night, The Yankees, a 4-Run Lead = Flame-out by Broxton. Guaranteed! I said the Dodgers should trade Broxton three years ago, two years ago, a year ago and I am still saying it. Jon Broxton is soft on the big stage. I have said it over and over and I still am saying it. IF (BIG IF) the Dodgers get to the playoffs, or the World Series, Jon Broxton is a lock to blow a game or three. Even after last night’s flameout, his value is still extremely high. Include him in a trade for Cliff Lee or some other starter.
The Dodgers need to explore other possibilities, including Kuo, Belisario, Lindblom McDonald, Jansen, Capps – there are options. Jon Broxton will break your heart. Cut bait, Ned!
Feel free to disagree!