Turnbow out as Brewers' closer for now
Less than two weeks after appearing in the All-Star Game, Brewers right-hander Derrick Turnbow has been reassigned from the closer's role and will be replaced, at least temporarily, by Dan Kolb.
Turnbow, who melted down in the ninth inning Friday night in Cincinnati, has appeared in eight games during July and is 0-4 with four blown saves and a 34.36 earned run average.
"I feel bad for the team, for the fans, for everybody," Turnbow told MLB.com after the game. "I'm costing this team games. I'm not very good right now."
On Saturday, Journal Sentinel baseball writer Tom Haudricourt reported that the Brewers made a bid to acquire closer Bob Wickman from Cleveland, but Wickman -- who had the right to approve or refuse a trade because of his 10-5 status (10 years service time, five in a row with the same team) -- went to Atlanta because the Braves offered him a chance to close that the Brewers would not.
Wishful Thinking said: Turnbow will never return to his 2005 form it was nothing but a fluke. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then and the season he had in 2005 was just that. When all you have is a fastball major league hitters will catch on to you sooner or later. Granted if he was pitching to me he could strike me out 400 consecuitive times but I dont get paid 2 mill a year to hit baseballs either. I think if he ever recovers his off speed pitches he may have a little left in him but he will never again be the dominant pitcher he was for one glorius season.
Steve said: It's nice to see that Turnbow is accepting responsibility for his recent struggles. However, this is a team game. Taking advantage when they have RISP, eliminating defensive mental errors, and getting more consistancy from the SP spots not occupied by Capuano and now Ohka are key to the overall success. Every player goes through rough patches, some are longer than others. Hopefully Turnbow can regroup and get back to his 2005 form.
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