Phillies Closer Options, and Metallica?

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Jul 22, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 22, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hinojosa (94) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Marlins, 7-2. (Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hinojosa (94) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Marlins, 7-2. (Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

Dalier Hinojosa – “St. Anger” (2003)

Hinojosa was just….there, in 2015. Yeah, he threw 23 innings of 0.78 ERA ball, but did you even remember he was on the team? Probably not. In fact, you’d probably like to forget that the team even used him, as it’s another subtle reminder of how bad things actually were for the Phillies last year.

That’s exactly what makes him comparable to “St. Anger“. I actually had to look that album up, because I knew that I was forgetting one of the band’s albums. Much like Hinojosa, it happened, we were there to witness it, then we just made it go away, so as to not remind us of the dark times.

And yet….

What if there was a bit more creative effort put into that album? What if there were some solos? Or the snare was turned on? Could it have been better?

If Hinojosa was actually deployed in whatever high leverage situations were available, would he have been better? We’ll likely never know. He’s just not cut out to be a closer. The stuff is average at best, and in a job that requires at least one plus pitch, Hinojosa just doesn’t have what it takes. Like this album in the Metallica catalogue.

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