When I was enjoying my morning coffee this ‘Eclispe-ful’ Monday, I tuned into some sports radio and all the chatter was about how Roberto Osuna shouldn’t be the Blue Jays Closer anymore. My ears immediately starting bleeding and I started losing vision in my right eye.
Don’t get me wrong, he is struggling and the loss Sunday was a massive dent into the playoff hopes of the Blue Birds, but pump the brakes, Billy. The box score will certainly show a BS beside Roberto Osuna’s name but don’t just immediately jump to the conclusion it was all his fault. If you watched the game or highlights after, you would know that Raffy Lopez gift-wrapped the win for the Cubbies. Shit happens, move on.
Moving along, I understand the 8 blown saves are slightly concerning, but lay it to rest fellas. Find something else to talk about. Have you seen the other 47 games he has appeared in? Or the 22 consecutive saves during the middle months of the schedule? His stuff is still electric, his velocity is still strong, his movement is head-shaking, and he has the desire and willingness to be the best closer in baseball for the next 10 years. Perfect, he can stay right there.
At 22 years old, Roberto Osuna is the best young closer in baseball.
Baseball is in his blood, closing is in his blood. He has been playing professionally for approximately 20 years. They start them young in Mexico….He lives for these moments and if you think he will let a couple of bad games slow him down, not a chance.
Newsflash, his career numbers are on pace to be amongst the greatest of all time. Yes, you read that correctly. And should he remain healthy, you just never know. Tommy John has already come and gone in Roberto’s life, so let’s hope arm issues don’t poke their ugly head back into play. His mechanics are solid, so he can delegate the pressure of his wind up evenly onto his legs, shoulder, and elbow, which should limit the risk of major injury occurring.
This is also not a case of the Blue Jays having no other options as Ryan Tepera has come out of nowhere this season and could probably give you a decent run for a week or two, but he isn’t on the same level of Osuna Matata. This is a case of a young baseball player going through the grueling reality of ‘the game of failure’. A lesson of sorts and a learning experience. Nothing else. There isn’t anything there to fill shows about, so cut the shit.
His struggles will subside and all those calling for his head will gladly be shown the door and given some game tape of the 40 plus saves he will finish with this year. He will return to All-Star form and he should and will remain the Blue Jays closer for the rest of the season and beyond.
John Gibbons is as loyal as they come. I once sat behind him at a Spring Training game when he was with the Royals and as soon as I said I was from the GTA he filled my boots with a bunch of goodies. The evidence is in the pudding folks, it took months for Gibby to tinker his lineup the slightest, so if you think he is going to give someone else the 9th inning on a permanent basis, you’re drunk and probably high, and shouldn’t be without supervision.
Gibby loves Osuna, and you should too. The 9th inning is his, so get used to it and you can carry on with no worries for the rest of your days.