But the Indians do know what they're getting from Borowski in terms of his on-the-mound mind-set."He knows what he's trying to accomplish out there," Wedge said. "He's a fighter. He's one of those rare personalities that wants the ball."
When he has gotten the ball in a 10-year career that has included time with the Orioles, Braves, Yankees, Cubs, Devil Rays and Marlins, Borowski has compiled a 17-26 record with 80 saves and a 3.87 ERA in 336 appearances.He's coming off arguably his best year, having saved a career-high 36 games for Florida. Of course, many of those saves came in the pitcher-friendly confines of Dolphin Stadium -- a park that suited Borowski's fly-ball tendencies quite well. But then again, this is the same Borowski who saved 33 games in 2003 for a Cubs team that went on to the National League Championship Series. And upon last check, their ballpark is far from cavernous. "If I could pitch in Wrigley Field, I can pitch anywhere," Borowski said with a laugh. "The mistake a lot of people make is they try to alter what they do, depending on what park they're pitching in, and they get in trouble. If you keep the ball down and get ahead of hitters, you're going to be successful, no matter what park you pitch in. If you leave the ball up, you're going to get hurt." The Indians hope Borowski doesn't get hurt, in both senses of the word. With Foulke out of the picture, Borowski's performance and durability carry added importance for a bullpen that lost 27 games and converted just 51 percent of its save opportunities in 2006. Because Borowski doesn't have that blazing heat (he maxes out in the low 90s but has a deceptive slider), he acknowledged he can create some uncomfortable situations for those scoring at home. In 2006, for example, he gave up 63 hits and 33 walks in 69 2/3 innings. But in his opinion, the end result is all that matters. "I'll have my moments," he said, "where I'll go out there and it's like, 'No one can hit him.' And I'll have others where it's like, 'How does he get anybody out?' I don't possess that 98 mph [heat]. I wasn't blessed with that kind of velocity, so I go out and pitch."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less