The “F” in Snafu Stands for Foulke

Well, earlier in the year I questioned whether or not the Yankees might want to plan their future around a closer other than Mariano Rivera, a recommendation that seemed, and still seems, prudent.  But who would have thought that the AL East team with the biggest closer problems would be the BoSox?  Keith Foulke barfs again today, and right now it looks like Tito might want to slot in Mike Timlin and spot-use Matt Mantei in the closer role, while Foulke figures out if he’s injured or mechanically flawed.   Something is very clearly wrong and the Sox can’t afford for Keith to work it out on the job.

[edit: the Sox just won the game on a clutch homer with two down in the 9th by Papi, literally minutes after this post.  My mood is better, but the sentiment of this post remains exactly the same]

7 comments… add one
  • a lot of that was rent not making the DP and the stolen base though…nothing the O’s put in play left the infield.

    t.-- SF June 2, 2005, 5:18 pm
  • //right now it looks like Tito might want to slot in Mike Timlin and spot-use Matt Mantei in the closer role//
    bite your tongue. timlin / mantei will not solve the problem, and i think keith foulke is accorded a bit more respect given his career than to yank him from his job after two months.

    beth June 2, 2005, 5:50 pm
  • What to do about Foulkey… I’d like to say he’s been getting better, and I guess he has, though not much. He’s had a couple awful outings that have screwed with his ERA, but beyond that he doesn’t seem to be able to hit his spots (the 5 pitch walk to Sosa today) with any kind of accuracy… I dunno. I don’t think Theo is going to go get another closer, and I don’t think that Mantei or Timlin are the answers there. In my mind there are two viable options:
    1) employ the old closer by committee approach again. This time we have some good arms in the pen. Maybe Tito can mix and match in the 9th a bit more and save the Sox some games.
    2) Get Big Papi to agree to hit 3 run dingers in the bottom of the ninth every time Foulke pitches.

    mattymatty June 2, 2005, 5:51 pm
  • Foulke is showing lots of signs of improvement. None of his pitches left the infield today, there was no cruching homerun blow. He’s still missing his spots here and there, yes, but it’s definitely better. Remember his last appearance before the Yankees when he got the final 2 outs on five pitches?
    I don’t think his outing today was bad, really. The missed DP was what got in the run, and that’s not Foulke’s fault. And he’s not going to get better warming the bench, so…

    Anonymous Sox Fan June 2, 2005, 6:35 pm
  • Beth: it’s not disrepect, in any way. Foulke is the closer on this team, for the long run. I have no misconceptions. But, he IS struggling, non-turned double plays notwithstanding. So I am not proposing sending Foulke to a mop-up role, and I am not saying a supporting role would ever be permanent. I want him to be lights out, like he was last year, and I have a sense that the best way for him to get back to being lights out (and the best thing for the Sox’ long-term success) is for him close a tad bit less, at least in the short term. I don’t think this is unreasonable or on any level disrespectful.

    SF June 2, 2005, 7:19 pm
  • I have a solution. Pay me $10,000 and I will reverse the curse I had the juju on 125th street put on Foulke. This is your only opportunity.

    Joe June 3, 2005, 9:22 am
  • Joe: there’s a unmarked brown bag in the garbage can outside the 23rd Street Papaya. Let me know when I can expect the old Keith back.

    SF June 3, 2005, 11:27 am

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