Sorry, had to let that out. I don’t get him. He really should be a better pitcher than he is; he has two good pitches and good control, but he hasn’t had good strikeout numbers (except for 2004) and as you’ve probably noticed he tends to go into deep funks where for two or three weeks he can’t get anyone out. Everyone says that it’s an injury thing and that he was going fine until he was hit by a comebacker, but I tire of this.
He’s also the default closer candidate. It’s not that the Braves want him to be the closer. They want Joey Devine or Oscar Villareal to win the job. But if neither of them is great, and the Braves don’t make a move, you know who Bobby will have to turn to even if he doesn’t want to.
Reitsma was the only pitcher to be in the Braves’ bullpen on Opening Day who was still there in the Division Series. He and [NAME DELETED BECAUSE I AM TRYING TO WIPE HIM FROM MY MEMORY] were the only relievers to make it through the regular season, or even two-thirds of it. It was that kind of year. Reitsma has 29 career saves, which is more than the rest of the relievers on the major league roster combined. I still think he should be in the rotation, but the Braves have too many more qualified candidates. I expect him to win fifteen games somewhere in 2008.