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Set-up by committee?

We all remember the failed experiment of "closer-by-committee" employed by the Sox in the 2003 campaign. It was a short-lived experiment and Scott Williamson was traded for to make up for the lack of a true closer. The following year Keith Foulke was signed and now we have Papelbon. Well, this year there is a glut of bullpen arms and it will be interesting to see how these pitchers are used by Terry Francona.
Thus far Ramon Ramirez has been very impressive, yesterday relieving Brad Penny for one and two-thirds innings allowing no runs on one hit and a strikeout. In three games this year he has pitched four and a third innings without allowing a run. He has struck out three and only given up one hit. Last year in Kansas City he appeared in seventy-one games throwing seventy-one and two-thirds innings and striking out seventy batters. Could he be the eighth inning bridge to Papelbon?
What about Takashi Saito who has eighty-one saves in ninety-one chances? Saito has only pitched one inning surrending a solo home run so far this year but in his first two years in the league he averages almost two strikeouts per inning.
Will we see one pitcher make himself the eighth inning arm or will Francona go with the hot hand?

Chris Allen


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