The Giants have to be planning on drifting gradually to a safe distance from the pennant race as the Marlins did this season if they are looking to entrust their closer job to Armando Benitez. As the AP item notes:
[W]hile Benitez has been one of the game’s top closers in the regular season with 244 saves in 283 chances – the fourth best percentage all-time — his postseason history is spotty. He has blown six of 10 postseason save opportunities — a major league record . . .
Yeah, and that doesn’t count meaningful regular season games in pennant races. Brian Sabean is falling back on the “everybody blows games” defense:
“He’s 32-years old and has learned a lot from his experience,” Sabean said, adding that in this postseason “people with greater reputations proved they’re fallible.”