Will Smith cannot possibly remain closer after his latest debacle against the San Francisco Giants. He just can’t.
Do the Braves have many better options in the bullpen right now to close games other than Smith? Likely not. Does it matter? No.
Smith is blowing games at an alarming rate, and we can only guess what he’s capable of in the postseason should the Braves be lucky enough to make it there. September baseball often reveals weaknesses like no other time in the season. Atlanta’s was never all that hidden, and Smith has to be reassigned, at least for the time being.
Yes, Atlanta’s lack of offense and hitting with runners in scoring position in extra-innings didn’t help matters on Friday night by the Bay. But they shouldn’t have been there in the first place.
Braves: Brian Snitker has to consider all his options
Snitker is a capable manager at his best, but his stubbornness is truly remarkable sometimes.
God damnit Will Smith is a terrible closer. Brian Snitker has no excuse to keep Smith as the closer. He has the worst numbers across the board compared to all closers this season.
— Kevin Keneely (@KevinKeneely1) September 18, 2021
It’s unfortunate he doesn’t have more reliable options in the back end of the bullpen. That is on the Braves front office, and likely something they’ll address this offseason. But for now, Atlanta remains in solid positioning to win the NL East this season, and make it back to the playoffs.
Considering the very issues worth discussing in this article, it’s surprising to say the least.
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