Rafael Betancourt got the call in the ninth inning today with Cleveland leading Oakland 4-1. He retired Frank Thomas to lead-off the inning, but then loaded the bases on two singles and a walk.
He was then relieved by Masa Kobayashi.
The 33-year-old right-hander allowed a run to score on a wild pitch before striking out a pair of Sweeneys (Mike and Ryan) to earn his second save in three days. He finished off both Sweeneys with sliders, after showing them nothing but fastballs.
Forget (some of) what we wrote yesterday. We're now prepared to fire Betancourt.
Kobayashi wasn't a 1.86 ERA-type in Japan, so we'd be extremely surprised if he kept this up in the Majors. Nonetheless, he's the clear bet for saves until the terrifying return of Joe Borowski. You should retain his services for a little while after the return of Borowski, too.
It's like Funston said: "You never know..."
Well, we obviously don't.