Wednesday, April 26, 2006

David Weathers, Todd Coffey Keep Roles for Now

Cincinnati Reds manager Jerry Narron has a hunch that young Todd Coffey is the best pitcher in his bullpen, but with David Weathers racking up saves, don't expect Narron to fix what ain't broke. Coffey, 1-0, has tallied 10 strikeouts in 12 innings and sports a 0.75 ERA. Weathers, 0-1, has 10 strikeouts too, but also a blown a save and has surrendered a pair of homers that account for his comparatively higher 2.75 ERA. Still, Weathers' six saves in seven chances loom enormously. At 35, Weathers appears to be the stopper, at least for now, at the expense of Coffey, a 25-year-old rookie. Moreover, Coffey has been superb as set-up man, and Narron likes having a dependable arm in the late middle innings no less than he likes one in the ninth.