Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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.

14 Comments:

At 3/21/2007 8:59 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

PLEASE,NO:

Say it isn't so;

Tavarez is more of a STARTER;

Mike

 
At 3/21/2007 9:01 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

We's in trouble.......

 
At 3/21/2007 9:11 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

I've weighed in-quite humourously on my blog:

Is Tito finally going to be known as FRANCOMA, like he was in Philly?

 
At 3/21/2007 9:44 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

We can't blame Tito....he has to work with the tools he is given. Going to RF right now.

 
At 3/21/2007 10:54 AM, Blogger ian said...

I am thinking it will be Pinero. It seems to me like the Herald is just giving him the job.

Pinero has pitched well of late and hopefully will continue that as spring training winds down.

 
At 3/21/2007 1:31 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Ian, we both know that they (the 'pen guys) are inadequate...bigtime. Hello 3rd place behind the Yankees and Toronto, or Baltimore. Their 'pens are vastly better. Our rotation is top notch. What good is it" Play 7 inning games???????

I'm fed up until SOMEONE pulls the trigger, much like '06.

 
At 3/21/2007 1:32 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And thanks for chipping in.

 
At 3/21/2007 3:10 PM, Blogger Suldog said...

This is in no way good, not even a teeny tiny little bit. Tavarez? No. No. Not at all.

 
At 3/21/2007 4:18 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

No, no, no! Even Martha Stewart says this is NOT a good thing!

 
At 3/21/2007 4:47 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Sul and BFW.....I so agree...the end of us is near! Unless........and I still believe that someone will wake up and just make it right!!!!!!!! Because we have a sleep-in going on right....the front office people have no sanity. Do they get paid to make decisions? Because this is a season-ruining one. 100%....way to go Theo......

 
At 3/21/2007 5:50 PM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

As much as I would like to see the closer situation resolved, I think there's a little bit of a Chicken Little mentality about the 'pen. No, it isn't as strong as the Yanks, but Piniero HAS been a pleasant surprise, as has Corey and Romero.
The downside of course, is Timlin being out (remember what happened when he came back from an injury last year? Ouch), Donnelly not manning up and Tavarez being...well, Tavarez!

 
At 3/22/2007 3:54 AM, Blogger Coral said...

:( I'm sorry to hear this for your sake.

coralrae.mlblogs.com

 
At 3/22/2007 7:11 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

MCW, Piniero a pleasant surprise? Not the way I see it....more hits allowed than innings pitched bode ill for the 'pen. I mean, he or Tavarez as closer? A 5 run lead won't be safe! Am I making to big a thing about this? NO!!!! With all the bucks the FO has spent this off season on new players, and then to see a backless bullpen......I do not comprehend it! I can't wrap my mind around it. Why? IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE!!!

 
At 3/22/2007 8:58 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And I'm sorry for the quickly typed words that were mistyped. NOT misspelled, just not proofread....my bad.

 

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