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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:21 pm

Arizona - Valverde (well affirmed in role, maybe even out of ST)
Chicago C - Urbina (just a guess that Henry steps up and makes the logical move)
Colorado - Kim (Colo has prospects and return to NL will help Kim)
Reds - Wagner (Graves is traded for set-up, Cincy had most BS in MLB last year)
Pittsburg - Gonzalez (Mesa released or reduced to spot set-up)
Tampy Bay - Colome (Baez traded for setup duty, Jesus has an arm to go with youth movement in TB)
Washington - Cordero (takes it and rns with it for surprising team)
Seattle - Julio (Eddie remains injury prone and a trade is made)
Toronto - League (They give the phenom a chance and he converts what little games Tor wins).
Chicago WS - Vizcaino (MLB hitters learn Mr. Zero and his 80mph fastaball doesn't measure up, Marte more valuable at Set-up and Luis finally breaks out)
Minnesota - Nathan (very shaky and has Crain breathing down his neck)
Cleveland - Riske (Wickman is once again injured, but for good)
KC - MacDougal (Affeldt moved back to KC rotation, where he should be due to Anderson and Lima's ineffectiveness). If he controls his blisters he'll dominate (pickle juice). Rotation of Greinke, Hernandez, Affeldt, Gobble, Wood would be young but quite capable.


Wow, I just rocked everybody's world!! jk But I do think all of these have a high chance of happening.
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Postby RustyTBR » Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:44 pm

My bet would be one of those, maximum, will actually happen. You are betting on almost every team with a mediocre closer to be taken over by the setup man. I hate to tell you but most baseball managers are going to know a little bit more on the subject of a closing pitcher than you.
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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:06 pm

Just saying, we'll see.
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Re: Closer predictions by July...

Postby LBJackal » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:09 pm

Arizona - Valverde
Chicago C - Hawkins
Colorado - Tsao
Reds - Graves
Pittsburg - Gonzalez
Tampy Bay - Baez
Washington - Ayala
Seattle - Guardado
Toronto - Speier
Chicago WS - Takatsu
Minnesota - Nathan - why is this even here, he's one of the best in baseball ???
Cleveland - Betancourt
KC - Affeldt

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Postby NZF » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:11 pm

This is my forte.

I could have saved Billy Beane millions last season if he had me on the payrole in Jan 2004.

Mota and BJ Ryan will be the closer busts of the year.

Alfonseca and Julio respectively, will take over before the All-Star break.

Keith Foulke will get the most saves in the ML, followed by Danny Kolb.

K-Rod will have the best closer ratios.
Troy Percival will be the best mid tier value closer
Mike Adams will be the best lower tier value closer.

Brad Lidge will spend time on the DL and will not get over 20 saves.
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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:11 pm

Just beacuse one good year in a new league makes him one of the best??? Show me 3 or 4 in a row then he'll be one of the best.
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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:12 pm

Mota maybe, but Ryan has always been dominate and will continue to be so.
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Postby NZF » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:16 pm

Take a look at his numbers against right handers.

Although he often pitched the 8th last season in a set-up role, he's a leftie specialist.
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:17 pm

Yeah Ryan has been considerably worse against righties and will have to face a whole lot more thsi year than last. As for Mota, I think he'll be fine, and probably come as a steal in most drafts.
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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:19 pm

Oh, no way Ayala gets the job, he's very ordinary he had the job right after Biddle lost the job and then Cordero took it from him. Cordero takes it out of ST and shows his talent.
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