Guerrier's got the closer's fire

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 16, 2010 - 11:10 PM

In the mold of Everyday Eddie, "he has it here [in the belly]. He won't give it up without a fight,'' says Rick Stelmaszek.

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gustaf43Mar. 16, 10 9:38 PM

After last year he earned first shot. He certainly has the rubber arm.

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rainkingMar. 16, 1010:08 PM

Rather have that fire on his fastball than in his belly.

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lehun14Mar. 16, 1010:13 PM

If this is the best this team can do for a closer...."hello, third place."

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romermusicMar. 16, 1011:23 PM

Before Eddie made everyone a believer, you would have said the same thing about him.

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rainkingMar. 16, 1011:43 PM

for every guy who makes it as a stopper without a true out pitch ten other fail.

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9moonsMar. 16, 1011:50 PM

in 2008, according to the Twins, was that he was overused and wore down. Sometimes a closer has to pitch 2 or 3 days in a row. I don't have faith in anyone the Twins have now to be a good closer.

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Macneil4025Mar. 16, 1011:51 PM

I'm not really a fan of using anybody in the bullpen but Guerrier as the closer, he has what it takes to be successful in that role. Give him the first crack, if it doesn't work we can look at trades or other options on the team. Also, lets not forget about SLAMA and Delaney, both of which have dominated the minors over the past 3 seasons.

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hugelatsMar. 17, 1012:07 AM

Eddie Guardado, 45 saves or not, was no real closer. Every game he tried to close was a nail biter because just as the article says, he wasn't a lights out pitcher. The one true "hit this if you can" lights out pitcher in the bullpen is Pat Neshek. I'm a Matt Guerrier fan from the word go, but the guy's in a perfect role for his skills. The only natural plan B at closer is Neshek or else bring someone in.

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bumswrapMar. 17, 1012:27 AM

I cringe any time Guerrier is brought in with a lead or a tie. I hope Reusse is wrong on this. He is an alright setup guy, a better mop up/long reliever, but certainly not a closer regardless of how much guts he has.

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tafknatMar. 17, 1012:58 AM

Rick Aguilera, starter the Twins converted. Eddie Guardado, same thing. Joe Nathan, reliever converted to closer. The Twins seem to be good at this, and I would trust whomever they put in there. The last closer closer was Jeff Reardon, and before that Ron Davis, and then I don't know, Ron Perranoski? They'll be fine. P.S. Pat Neshek is breaking in a rebuilt elbow and cannot responsibly be the closer. Trying to kill the guy?

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