Momentum lost. Since the bullpen’s meltdown of what should have been the team’s sixth straight win, the Giants have lost in just about every way possible. Today’s “here you take it,” loss, 6-4 in ten innings, included the humiliating three-up, three-down bottom of the tenth, in which the Rockies closer (Brian Fuentes), ran his record to a stellar 15 saves, 2.22 ERA, with a WHIP of 0.83; just in case Sabean wanted to know what a closer’s numbers are supposed to look like.
As opposed to Ray Ratto, who seems to want me to believe that Benitez’s 9 saves, 3.78 ERA, and 1.44 WHIP are worthy of our appreciation:
…. Right now, a case could be made that Texas, Toronto, Cleveland, Kansas City, Atlanta, Florida, Philadelphia, Washington, Cincinnati, Houston and Pittsburgh would all take Benitez’s numbers (0-2, 3.78, 9 saves, 1 blown). Even the Yankees would be a lot happier with Mariano Rivera if he had Benitez’s numbers, and that is something that has never been said in baseball history.
Yeah, well, bullshit. Sure, Benitez has only one blown save, but he’s been part and parcel to about four others. The reality is that he’s no longer a top-flight closer; and more importantly, HE’S KILLING THE TEAM.