I'll go with Owens in this bunch, I'd rather keep Tank as a fireman to keep our lead into the 9th... although if Pinto steps up... no problem with that... I'd love to see Koplove be consistent... but probably not as a closer... a solid MR would be fine..
We don't have too many lefty specialists? and by too many... I mean there are 5 on the 40 man roster... 2 of which are Olsen/Willis... and the other two are Pinto/Tank and then Paul Mildren whom I know nothing about
Lefties shouldn't be closing for us.
Do you have any reasoning?
I view lefties as drastically more valuable in innings 6-7-8 in preserving leads where they can often times be used as specialists and not 'have' to get out of full innings. Plus considering our lefties - Tank (26 BB, 41 IP. 1.43 whip) and Pinto (27 BB, 29 IP. 1.58 whip), that's just a 9th inning disaster waiting to happen. It's not like we have Billy or BJ, or anything close to them. Given the options, Owens fits the profile better then the other 4. Ideally, I don't think we should thrust the closer roll onto a rookie. I'd rather have a cheap veteran with some experience (Hermanson, Park) or Nolasco (whose RP splits are much better then as a SP).
None of them. Lindstrom.
I would say the same, but I gave my vote to Owens in his absence. Give a high-powered arm a clean slate in the 9th and I think results will be generally good. And I think Tank is too good at what he does to be moved into the closer spot.
I think Tankersley and Lindstrom could make a nasty 8/9 duo. You give a youg, arrogant, high-powered arm the ball in the ninth at Dolphins Stadium and like you said, generally you're going to get positive results. And if he doesn't work out, we have a ton more options.