boston_jeff wrote:Thats true, but seven blown saves (out of 34) is a lot. Add Gagne's (also 7) and the rest of the bullpen's (Riske 5, Mota 2) woes, and you have part of the Brewer's problem as I see it. Coco is converting about 84% of saves. Torres converts a little under 80% which is great for a scrap heap pickup, but if you factor in the blown saves of Gagne and the others, its got to be much much lower as a team. If Cordero was on this team converting 84% (not stellar but better than the closer-by-committee approach) all year they are in the playoffs, no? You may not like paying closer money, and his stats may not be all-star level this year, but I think Coco would have converted enough of those saves (21 blown between the 4 guys mentioned) statistically to push them over the hump.
Middle relief is also a problem, but almost every team has their issues with middle relief. I agree that the hitting being very one-dimensional is def. a huge part of it too.
You can't add the middle relief blown saves onto the closer question. That's an entirely different issue. Or would Cordero magically be converting saves in the 7th inning? I don't remember him doing that when he was in Brewtown.
I think considering they were idiotic enough to go into the season with gagne as closer, they fixed that problem just fine. Cordero being here or not wouldn't have made much difference, beyond the fact that we'd be paying him a crapload in years 2-4 of the contract when he's sucking (which seems to be what happens with about 95 percent of age 30 plus closers with big contracts).
Here's hoping Melvin can come up with a better option next year. I agree that you can't count on Torres beyond any kind of scrapheap savior situation.