View Full Version : Is Hermanson the Closer?

05-01-2005, 01:31 PM
Last night, in a one run game, Ozzie turned the ball over to Hermanson, who has absolutely dominated, for the save instead of Shingo Takatsu. The Tribune recap (http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-050430soxgamer,1,7545001.story?coll=cs-home-headlines) noted that Ozzie said:

And, at the end, Hermanson closed instead of Shingo Takatsu. "I didn't think Takatsu threw the ball well [Friday]," Guillen said. "I had a gut feeling Hermanson would do a better job."

So are we to believe Ozzie that he is going to go by his gut? Or was last night the start of the Dustin Hermanson era? Or is Shingo still the closer, but Ozzie decided to go another direction last night? We can't know for sure, but what does everyone think?

05-01-2005, 01:34 PM
Hermie's going to be the man. He's fiery, has the stuff to close, and the AL doesn't know him at ALL.

05-01-2005, 01:42 PM
I really think and hope that Ozzie is going 'closer by committee'. He should use matchups and then use pitchers accordingly. Shingo would make a great set-up guy. I wouldn't mind Hermanson closing on a regular basis but Marte could help out too.

05-01-2005, 01:46 PM
Pitchers that used to start have a much better feel for getting the lefties or righties out on a consistent basis. Most guys that have been relievers for many years get stuck in that specialist mentality after a while. They tend to get a certain side of the plate out a lot more than the other side. Hermanson was a starter, and he's going to be the man.

05-01-2005, 01:52 PM
I think that Hermanson is now the closer, but that Ozzie is trying to do this in a way that Shingo won't lose all of his confidence. When Shingo came in as the closer last year, Ozzie used similar terminology. I also am in favor of Hermanson as closer because, except for one terrible week at an inopportune time, he's been dominant in the relief role.

Mark Buehrle
05-01-2005, 01:57 PM
Yeah, Hermanson certainly should be the closer since he is 3 for 3, has a 0 ERA, and Shingo is really struggling.

05-01-2005, 02:17 PM
My guess is that it is a committee for now, until someone takes a stranglehold on the closer role. Personally I think Hermanson would be a great closer, but I'm hoping Shingo gets it back together because I think Hermanson has more value in a middle relief role due to his versatility and stamina.

If I did have to guess though, I do think eventually the closer will be Dustin.

05-01-2005, 02:24 PM
Normally I'm against closer by commitee. In this case, however, I think you go with whoever has the hot hand. Then around the beginning of July, I'd go out and get a bonafide guy and make him the closer. I've never been all that sold on Takatsu (although, I'd certainly keep him) but if he gets hot, I wouldn't be that comfortable with him in a playoff series.

05-01-2005, 03:02 PM
I think it's still a committee thing going on, just Hermanson seems to be the top dog.

05-01-2005, 05:34 PM
maybe the starters will pitch CG's and bail the pen out

05-01-2005, 05:42 PM
I think Jon Garland read your mind. 2 complete game shutouts. What a beast.

05-01-2005, 05:46 PM
I said after Shingo blew his first game against the Indians that Hermanson will be closing by June...I stand by that, and actually I would think that Hermy will be closing BEFORE June 1st, after Saturday's game....

I started a thread about this awhile ago, but it dissappeared....

Hermanson = closer

05-01-2005, 07:01 PM
it needs to be hermie when playing in our division and shingo/hermie when playing other teams, everyone in our division has seen shingo and can kick the crap out of him

Fake Chet Lemon
05-01-2005, 07:46 PM
I think it's a committee with Dustin getting the most cracks. If a team hasn't seem much of Shingo we'll see him more. Interleague non-Cubs Shingo could be the man. But against division foes more Dustin.

Gym Shoe
05-01-2005, 08:38 PM
I love how Dustin is dealing right now. He looks good. But in his past he hasn't been infallible. Also, don't you guys remember a certain closer who had a bad month (Actually 2 weeks) and a few belligerent sox fans were up in arms? (Hint: He's polishing a world series ring as we speak)

Shingo was virtually unhittable last year. He makes me a bit nervous right now, but there's no reason to overreact. I wouldn't get too stressed; he'll be back.

05-01-2005, 08:40 PM
Just think back 6 months or so when we Signed Dustin Hermanson (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=42439&page=1&pp=15&highlight=Dustin+Hermanson) and some of the funny posts that people made about him. Now he's 3 for 3 and posting a 0.00 ERA. Maybe KW gets lucky every year with a Loaiza-esq signing.

05-01-2005, 08:43 PM
Hermanson should be the closer. He is on fire right now and he has that closer mentality. Shingo will be fine but as the season progresses, I would much rather have Dustin closing out games.