Hawkins set up to fail?

LaTroy Hawkins' meltdown against the Cardinals raises questions about his ability to be a top-flight closer.

Originally Published: July 21, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
If I've heard it once I've heard it a hundred times ... "There's a big difference between pitching the eighth inning and pitching the ninth."

But is there, really? I'm skeptical. But the question occurred to me again Tuesday, while watching LaTroy Hawkins pitch. Before we review the game's events, though, let's take a moment and review Hawkins' unlikely career.

LaTroy Hawkins proved incapable of finishing games down the stretch.

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