Originally Posted by duncan_idaho
So... if Motte is out an extended amount of time, do you guys think Rosenthal is eventually given the closer's role? I know Boggs has had some success, but he doesn't seem like the slam-dunk guy Rosenthal could be.
I could see them giving Rosenthal the Wainwright 2006 treatment. Start him in low leverage situations, ultimately moving him up the ladder.
He's got the best stuff in the pen by far. That said, Boggs has better stuff than Motte, and he'll likely look unstoppable at times, but he has mental blocks that really, really scare me at times. Still, his BB rate has gone down every year, but his K rate isn't as high as his at-times wipeout slider would suggest. Some of that is b/c he also has a two-seamer.
Motte's biggest problem is that you can run up his pitch counts by just fouling off his fastball, and since his secondary pitch has never been much more than average, it also leads to some hairy moments.