...after being on the Reds for a day.
We had a "discussion" about Narron's impact on the pen and how he misused players. At one point half of our relievers were in the top ten in appearances, if I remember correctly. Guys arms were getting worn out, and nearly all of them aside from Weathers and Coutlangus were ineffective. Or some, like Burton, were not used or came up with mysterious injuries.
Enter a different manager. Not a guy I want to have back next year, mind you (Dunn and Hobbs out of the same lineup yesterday, anyone?), but a guy who at least has a clue about how to use a bullpen.
But there is that other factor in the pen equation, the sweater factor, the guy who dreamed of becoming a travel agent and is living his dream.
Who do we have in the pen now? Weathers, Burton, Bray, Majewski, Gosling, Guardado, Saarloos, and Stinkton. One of those guys is holding the place of a starter. It's almost the right pen. Coutlangus and McBeth should be in there, but we do need a long reliever in there in Gosling or someone similar, and we all know the sweater has no arm holes and we're stuck with Stinkton. There's also Brad Salmon, who didn't do a bad job up here.
If things are right with Majewski and the way he's been throwing is an indication that he has returned to his 2005 form, well, we should sing from the rooftops. It also puts us in a little predicament. I mean, if we're forced to keep Stinkton next year, are we going to have to keep Coutlangus, McBeth, and Salmon down all year? Is sweaterpants going to keep Guardado? Do we even need to find off season bullpen help?
And what do we do about Todd Coffey?