I know he wasn't as good as we're used to this year but are we really gonna give up on Papelbon after 1 blown save. True it came at the worst possible time but it was his first blown save in 27 POSTSEASON Innings. Translation: After today his postseason ERA is 0.96.
How many closers in the league are seriously as good as him? Nathan, Mariano, Soria, K-Rod, Valverde maybe.
I know Bard's got great stuff and could be a great closer you need the mental make up. Ask Calvin Schiraldi. Also how durable is Bard's arm. He hasn't even thrown 100innings. We've seen many flamethrowers arms burnout quickly
Would you rather have a closer by commitee like 2003. Okajima or Saito? Would the Sox have won in 2007 if Joel Piniero was closing like they planned? You don't realize how important a closer is until you don't have one
Lets look at the closers for each of the teams that won the world series this decade:
2000- Mariano Rivera
2001- Byung Hum Kim
2002- Francisco Rodriguez
2003- Braden Looper
2004- Keith Foulke
2005- Bobby Jenks
2006- Adam Wainwright
2007- Jonathan Papelbon
2008- Brad Lidge
2009- Mariano Rivera/Brian Fuentes (No NL Team can beat LA or NY)
All of them had top closers (Except Arizona who won despite Kim blowing 2 games in the world series)
So let's not give up on Papelbon after 1 game.
Edit- My mistake. I remember K-Rod being dominant during the 02 playoffs. Forgot he was a setup guy to Troy Percival not a closer. My mistake but Pericival was an elite closer too