Who will lead the 2010 Orioles in saves?
We had great response Thursday on which pitcher would emerge as the Orioles’ ace for 2011, so I figured we’d do something similar again today.
But we’ll focus on the bullpen this time.
Now that George Sherrill has been traded, Jim Johnson is your newly anointed closer, though he has not had a save opportunity since the Sherrill deal.
Johnson certainly has the stuff to take on the role, but he hasn’t done it since high school.
Chris Ray has struggled in his return from Tommy John surgery but is looking better now. And pitchers are usually better in the second season after elbow surgery.
Kam Mickolio has nasty stuff and is 10-feet-tall, so he would certainly strike an imposing figure in the ninth.
Cla Meredith has a funky delivery and is a tested late-inning guy.
And my wild card is Koji Uehara, who has been a closer previously in Japan.
I don’t want to know who you think will start the season as the club’s closer next year. That’s child’s play. I want to know who you think will be most effective.
Daily Think Special: Who will be the Orioles’ saves leader in 2010?