I wrote this last week and I’ll keep it up until someone listens.
Javy Guerra has lost his mojo, but I still think he can be an important part of the pen. Kenley Jansen is not ready to close. I love Josh Lindblom and maybe he could close, but I just don’t see it right now. Ronald Belisario could be … who know? Don Mattingly is loathe to use Scott Elbert (even against Lefties). Mr. Coffey isn’t the one and Jamey Wright is wrong for that job.
The Dodgers also have a 5th starter who is merely below average (Harang) but who has excellent stuff, especially the first time through the lineup. Odds are, he will get it together and be what he has always has been: a .500 pitcher with a 4.24 ERA, or …
Make Aaron Harang a reliever. Don’t anoint him closer just yet, but tell him he needs to turn his 6-7 260 pound body into a menacing figure. One, occasionally two innings. He can throw 97+ with 4 pitches and I think he would be hard to deal with as a late-inning pitcher – a closer! The Dodgers have a starter-in-waiting (Nate Eovaldi) who showed himself worthy last year. Give him the ball.
DFA Elbert (Mattingly won’t use him so what use is he?), call up Eovaldi and put Harang in the pen. I watched Harang for years in Cincinnati and many people in the Tri-State Area (Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky) also believe Harang is a “born closer.”
What is there to lose? Give it a try. You could have another Gagne or Eckersley on your hands.
- The team is starting to look like a Mash unit. The upside is that we may get a look al SVS soon. The Dodgers should put Castellanos at 3B when he returns from the DL. Josh Fields is hitting .311 but slugging only .491 at Albq – yawn!
- On another note, how is the Dodgers new trainer working out? Just asking….
- Ryan Braun just hasn’t been the same most of this season. Got juice?
- Jared Massey’s May 6, 2012 Minor League Report