Is it time to get concerned about our intrepid closer, Francisco Cordero?

Francisco Cordero gave up four runs in the eighth to bunch of guys with numbers in 60s and 70s. He had pitched scoreless ininng in his last two outings, but he’s given up 13 runs in seven innings this spring. I checked his velocity he was 93 consistently on scout’s guns. The Reds have to be starting to get concerned. Opening Day is two weeks from Monday.

“He got two strikes on everyone tonight then couldn’t locate,” Dusty Baker said. “He says he’s feeling good, his ankle is fine. I’m glad we’ve got couple of weeks to get him straightened up.”

Yeah, it’s just spring training, and now’s the time to work out these kinks. On the other hand, let’s not ignore the elephant in the room just because the games don’t count yet.

11 Responses

  1. Bill Lack

    I admit, I’m concerned. He’s been completely ineffective all spring and earlier complained of his ankle being “stiff”. Coming off surgery, IMO that’s troublesome…especially at his salary.

  2. GregD

    Is 93 his normal velocity or is that down from what he usually throws?

  3. Mark in CC

    I have been concerned with the batting practice Harang has been throwing this Spring. Everyone comments well it is just Spring Training.

    Well if it is just Spring Training for Harang then it is just Spring Training for Coco.

    Personally I am concerned about both.

  4. GRF

    I am concerned based on the results, but I think I have seen one inning he has pitched so far this spring so I sure can’t put any substance to it. Do his mechanics look off?

  5. Bill Lack

    Only difference is, one is coming off surgery and complaining about that specific body part, the other is not. But I agree about the premise, Harang is starting to become worrisome to me also.

  6. RiverCity Redleg

    I am not overly worried about either one. I admit that Coco is testing that, though. The difference for me (between Coco and Harang) is the staff is starting to worry about Coco. Hopefully, he is just getting his confidence back after the injury and when the games count, he’ll be ready.

  7. brublejr

    I am more than concerned. I was wanting them to shop this past off-season because he is simply not that good (12M?!). When he is not all right (tireness, injury) he has NO movement on his FB. When he has no movement he is BP for major league hitters. We saw it last year when he would pitch 2-3 days in a row. He is a avg to below when he doesn’t have his movement. They need to think about starting him on the DL because right now, there is no way you could put him in a closing situation. If they do put him on the DL any this year, I want to see guys like Burton, Viola, or Roenicke get a chance to close instead of Stormy or Rhodes because of “experience.” I think Coco could end up being the worst FA signing in Reds history. Hopefully I am wrong, but last year was NOT impressive at all and this year is not starting good at all.

  8. pinson343

    I’m concerned but I predict Cordero will be OK. The program of having him pitch more regularly and gain confidence that the ankle is OK ought to do the trick. That’s assuming that the ankle IS OK. If not, I’d like to see Burton close. Rhodes and Weathers could do matchups in the 8th.
    I’ve of two minds about Coco. I agree that the’s not an elite closer, he needs regular work and at the same time he tires easily. On the other hand, I shudder to think of the Reds bullpen without him. He’s the main reason the bullpen was so much better in 2008 than 2007.

  9. John

    Jared Burton should be the closer for far less money. That’s an elephant in the room.

  10. Mark in CC

    I am worried about Harang’s health even though he didn’t have surgery like Coco. He wasn’t right after the San Diego extra inning bebacle.