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Postby trebor67 » Thu May 15, 2003 2:59 pm

Just read somewhere on the USA Today chat site, that it was only a matter of time before Stewart overtook Biddle as the Closer in Montreal.

Agree / Disagree?

Stewart is on the waiver wire - should I stash him just in case??
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Postby lifeform » Thu May 15, 2003 4:08 pm

As a Biddle owner, I'm also interested to hear what people have to say about this. Stewart was very streaky last year, losing the job to T.J. Tucker at one point.

Biddle has been solid, but not spectacular, this year. Here's hoping he keeps the job.
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Postby Payne Dailey » Thu May 15, 2003 5:01 pm

I just traded Rocky for Woody Williams, as soon as it goes thru I'm picking up Stewart. I think the Expos bullpen will be like last year. I'm thinking there will be injuries and cold streaks all year and you'll have to pick the closer every 2 weeks to a month.
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Postby jebatzel » Thu May 15, 2003 5:45 pm

ESPN is saying Biddle's job is secure as the Pirates Williams

"Montreal Expos


Rocky Biddle
Security: Medium


5/8 - 5/14: 4 G, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (0-0, 3 Sv).

Status: Biddle gives up his share of runs -- 11 in 22.1 innings -- but he keeps getting the job done. Montreal used him for save opportunities three out of four games from May 10-13, suggesting he's locked in as the closer. He converted all three chances.

Fantasy Insurance: Scott Stewart. Biddle's stock was improved by Stewart's recent funk. Stewart has allowed seven hits and three earned runs in his last 3.2 innings. But the former closer has still been effective overall and remains the best fantasy insurance.

Other Options: Joey Eischen has allowed just 10 hits and one earned run in 13 innings. The veteran picked up a pair of saves last season for Montreal. T.J. Tucker has also been sharp and had four saves last season."
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Postby lifeform » Thu May 15, 2003 6:35 pm

Thanks, jebatzel

That's good information... especially for us non-ESPN insider subscribers...

Much appreciated.
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Postby bleach168 » Thu May 15, 2003 6:35 pm

He could have very easily blown one of those saves against the Giants. Bonds hit a line drive to the deepest part of the ballpark and missed hitting a homerun by 5 feet. Bonds hit the ball too well, if he just got under it a little more... blown save.

Closers with a 4.40 ERA don't last long. Trade him while you can.
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Postby jebatzel » Thu May 15, 2003 7:09 pm

Ugueth Urbina's era is 4.11

Jorge Julio's era is 4.40

Brandon Lyon era is 2.29 (his job is very unsecure, but he has a nice era)

Armando Benitez era is 4.43

Jose Mesa's era is 6.35

Mike Williams's era is 6.46

I think it depends on the team and who they have as closer options.

PA's top closers have terrible eras don't they.

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Postby bleach168 » Thu May 15, 2003 7:44 pm

Yes Jebatzel,

Your one-month stats prove me wrong. But try a longer time period and you will see those 4+ ERA closers don't last. Unless Biddle gets better fast, Montreal does have other options to explore.
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Postby jebatzel » Thu May 15, 2003 8:23 pm

I had Scott Williamson, Rivera, Biddle, and Foulke

God only knows why I thought Williamson was going to lose his job as a closer and I traded him for Rob Nen the day before it was anounced he was going to have second surgry.

So I am stuck with Rivera, Biddle, and Foulke

Scott Stewart is already on someone else's team and my comish is an ass and I doubt I could trade Biddle to anyone.

my closers had 6 saves last week, so they aren't doing so bad.

*crosses fingers and hopes Biddle can keep his job*

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