David Ross Isn't Committing to Craig Kimbrel as Cubs Closer Going Forward

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David Ross Isn’t Committing to Craig Kimbrel as Cubs Closer Going Forward

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It’s not a matter of belaboring things or beating the guy up, but the closer is an important role, and the situation is fluid. So while we’ve talked about Craig Kimbrel a lot lately, there’s a potentially big update today.

After two ugly outings (both in results and every way you’d analyze it), which comes after big questions last year, this spring, and this summer, Kimbrel may no longer be the Cubs closer. These are the things you’d expect a manager to say when a transition, or at least a pause, is taking place:

In a season where every win or loss is magnified, there isn’t much of an excuse not to go all out every game, trying to win. To that end, at this moment, given all the context surrounding Kimbrel’s performance, it’s virtually impossible to say Kimbrel gives you the best chance to preserve a win in the 9th right now. I understand the sensitivity with not wanting to further wreck a guy who is clearly trying to work through some stuff, but if he’s out of whack, he’s out of whack. And the season is far too short to risk him working it out in a few winnable games (perhaps only to learn, after a few shouldn’t-have-been-losses, that it’s not coming back this year anyway).

We’ll see if this means Kimbrel is deployed in some other role soon, or whether it’s just a couple days off to recalibrate. If there’s a save situation tonight, it’s easy enough to use someone else (Jeremy Jeffress, most likely) and say it was a matter of not using Kimbrel back-to-back nights this early in the season. But after that, the questions get louder. And the fact that Ross didn’t commit to Kimbrel today probably answered them anyway.

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Author: Brett Taylor

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