Who would I rather see in the pen?
I anxiously await everyone's theories on the Fixing of the Bullpen. I myself do not have any fancy plans. Sure, the pen currently boasts some truly deplorable stats, but much of this can be explained by the couple of bad outings turned in by each and every one of its participants. We all agree that, currently, Guzman, Gregg and Marmol are our "good" guys, and Guzman and Gregg started verrrrry slowly and Marmol had a few miserable outings after his injury. Therefore, their ERAs are, respectively, 3.63, 3.86, and 3.94. And these are our "good" guys who have had a couple of bad outings that have skewed their stats - and thus, the pen's as a whole.
My personal theory is to replace Neal Cotts and David Patton with virtually anybody. Here is a partial list of who I would rather see in those two slots, RIGHT NOW, in the pen:
- Jose Ass-can-ino
- Kevin Hart
- Jeff Stevens
- Luis Vizcaino
- Sean Marshall (provided we can get Jake Peavy first)
- the Marquis du Suck
- LaTroy Hawkins
- Matt Herges
- Cla (invisible y) Meredith
- Octavio (0.00 ERA) Dotel
- Frank (also 0.00 ERA) Francisco
- Damaso (14 ERA) Marte
- Radhames (67 ERA) Liz
- Jim Morris
- Dennis Quaid aka Jim Morris
- Tim Robbins aka Nuke LaLoosh
- Kevin Costner aka Billy Chapel
- Chad Fox and his shattered elbow
- Dave Dravecky, his Christian faith, and his missing upper limbs
- Jim Abbott and his neat-o glove trick
- sMel Rojas
- Dave Smith
- Rod Beck
- Donnie Moore
- Bird Fidrych
- Hoyt Wilhelm
In other words, neither man has been effective whatsoever this year, and are not trusted by Sweet Lou. So we have a five-man pen. The release of Cotts shouldn't come back to bite us, and I am pretty confident at this point that the Giants will not want Patton back, so if the organization believes he shows promise, we ought to be able to demote him to Tennessee or Iowa without much difficulty.
Anyone with the least bit of relieving experience would be an improvement at this point, alive, dead, crippled, or even imaginary. It is time to pull the plug.