Any time you hear a manager say "bullpen by committee" that is not a good sign. That means you don't have a true and legitimate fireman, check that, closer at the back end. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy used the dreaded "bullpen by committee" term yesterday.
"Bullpen by committee" means you hope someone steps up and takes the job. While some guys are good in the 8th inning, the 9th inning can be a different animal. Some guys are set up men and good ones but not everyone has the baseballs to close out the game and send everyone home happy.
The Giants got bad news yesterday when it was revealed that their closer, the bearded Brian Wilson will likely need reconstructive elbow surgery and is done for the year.
I was at the Rockies game Thursday afternoon when Wilson came in and struggled in the 9th inning. He got the save but threw 32 pitches. He gave up a run and walked a man and left the bases loaded. His first fastball was 93 mph but he didn't hit 90 again in the inning. I thought to myself, "he's not right." Even in the middle of the inning, the Giants trainer and Bochy went out to the mound to check on The Beard. He said he was alright. Obviously he wasn't and now the Giants are in a heap of trouble at the back end of the pen.
Wilson as everyone knows, is a character. He's a flat out weird, funny dude. I talked to him a little bit last year and he's a nice guy but truly an oddball. I hope he makes it back soon and continues as one of the best closers in the game.