Go figure. A few days after I praise Bob Melvin for the wonderful job he has done with the Oakland A's, Melvin now makes a move that I have to question. After Brian Fuentes earned the save tonight, allowing 1 run in the 9th inning, Melvin named Fuentes his new closer...
This move makes zero sense to me. Balfour has been doing a good job for the A's in shutting down the door. He has converted all but two saves this season. Does all it take is two bad games for your closer to be removed these days? And if you are going to make a switch, why announce it now? Why not earlier? And why of all people. would you replace Balfour with a player that isn't really pitching any better than Balfour this seaosn.
Fuentes has now had 3 save opportunities this season, converted on two, but has given up a run in each. What happens when the A's have that one run ballgame? Are we going to rely on Fuentes to shut the door. I'm a lot more confident in Balfour closing out games than I am Fuentes. The only thing Fuentes has going for him is a wierd delivery. His stuff is far from overpowering.
This was an unneccessary and premature move on Melvin's part. Fuentes was a trainwreck last season in the closers role. What makes 2012 any different? He does not have the makeup anymore imo. I just hope this move doesn't cost the A's ballgames that they should win. Afterall, Balfour had only lost the A's 1 game this season.