With the Chicago White Sox continuing to hold down first place in the AL Central, it might be wise for manager Robin Ventura to move the more experienced Brett Myers into the team's closer role, while allowing Addison Reed to continue his development in a setup role.
Why would Ventura want to tinker with his rookie closer who has converted 18 out of 21 saves?
While Reed is in the middle of the pack for blown saves among AL closers, he has struggled through some nail-biting ninth innings this season.
If the White Sox find themselves involved in close games during the division race, or more importantly, in the playoffs, can they trust Addison Reed?
It's better to solidify roles on the pitching staff in early August than in late September. If Reed struggles and loses confidence down the stretch, it could cost the White Sox a golden opportunity to make the postseason.
Myers, who was recently acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros, has primarily been a starter during his 11-year career but has had some stints in the bullpen.
Reed is likely the closer of the future for the White Sox, and while he has succeeded for the most part in that role this season, his numbers tell a different story.
Ventura did not endure the same challenges that his predecessor, Ozzie Guillen, did last year while trying to find a suitable closer shortly after spring training. The White Sox suffered only one blown save this April compared to last season's four blown saves in April.
After earning the role as closer in early May, Addison Reed has performed well overall but he has had too many shaky outings for most fans' tastes over the last month.
Here are five reasons Robin Ventura should consider making Brett Myers the White Sox's permanent closer.