Originally written February 28, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
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Usually it's a contending team, lacking other options, that considers transforming a starter to a closer. Other times, a team will overspend on the free-agent market for a reliable closer, hoping he's the difference between staying home and making the playoffs. The idea is that, in a division race, every lead is precious. Stability at the back of the bullpen is huge for a team on the cusp. Bad teams worry about their closer lastly. Except, that is, for the Houston Astros, who this week announced that veteran starter Brett Myers is now the club's closer. Citing an abundance of starters and a lack of reliable relievers on the roster, the Astros decided they need Myers to move to the bullpen. Why is a team that could very well lose 100 games or more worried about a closer? More important, why are the Astros taking a guy who has chewed up well over 200 innings in each of the past two seasons and hiding him in the bullpen? How many significant leads do the Astros expect to...
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