I post this fact not to suggest that the bullpen has been the "reason" for the Twins struggles (it hasn't, the SP has), but only to point out the absurdity of closers and especially PAYING for closers. Matt Capps, along with Glen Perkins, were considered the "best" Twins relievers heading into this season. Whether you agree with that assessment or not, it is at least a fair assessment based on track record, etc. in an otherwise very inexperienced bullpen. We felt strongly enough about this to re-sign Capps and, in the process, forfeit another compensatory pick we might have received for "losing" him to free agency.
Except we all knew this team would be under .500. So now that the team is even worse than that, and our starters routinely are forced out of games early, how is it that our "best" reliever is the guy being used the least? Capps has pitched on pitched back-to-back days only ONCE this year (April 11-12). The average distance between appearances is approximately 3 days of rest, with one stretch where he wasn't used for 6 days (April 23-29).
Guys like Capps, Burton, and Perkins need to be used in the highest leverage situations, and they should be used more often than guy who are terrible. If you wait for the 9th every game with THIS team, the game will already be over. What exactly are we saving them for? Or, more accurately, what are we paying them for?
Edited by StormJH1, 07 May 2012 - 10:06 AM.