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Postby lab_rats » Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:14 am

more of the same but...
from sfgate.com

"We've got to take a step back. It's obviously shocking," general manager Brian Sabean said. "It's more significant than I was anticipating... Hopefully, we'll keep swimming and won't sink."

The chances of trading for a closer are "slim and none," Sabean said, so the Giants are back where they were last year, using a "closer by congregation" plan, in manager Felipe Alou's words.

Alou said he would have used 42-year-old lefty Jeff Fassero in a save situation on Wednesday. Fassero has 29 career saves, including 12 for the 2001 Cubs. Matt Herges, with 34 career saves, is a possibility after opening last season as the closer, only to collapse in the second half.

Scott Eyre and Jim Brower have late-game experience.

"If we get through the eighth inning, it's whoever is available," Alou said. "I'll take it as the situation arises."
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Postby RynMan » Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:15 am

When your average age of a player on your team is around 35, you gotta expect to have injuries. :,-(
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Postby futanto » Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:25 am

Who do you guys think will be the primary closer in the committee?
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Postby TownDrunk » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:06 am

There isn't going to be a primary guy. From the sounds of Alou, it's pretty much going to be whoever he has left in the pen when the 9th inning rolls around :-o
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Postby KolbSaves » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:21 am

It's hard not to lean towards one guy. Whoever does well at it in the first couple weeks should get 75% of the save opps, in my opinion.
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Postby bd3521 » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:26 am

KolbSaves should worry about his own saves ;-)
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Postby Deuce » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:47 am

Benitez going down may be a good thing for the Giants. With the exception of Jason Schmidt, the starters can only pitch 5+ innings. Maybe it's time to run 9 starters out there. Schmidt gets his own day, and the other 8 starters split 4.5 innings each. :-b

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The Giants get starters who can go at least 7 innings.

The Giants have been there the last three years on a fatigued, aching patchwork bullpen. And each time it just wasn't quite enough. :~(
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Postby KolbSaves » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:58 am

Deuce wrote:Benitez going down may be a good thing for the Giants. With the exception of Jason Schmidt, the starters can only pitch 5+ innings. Maybe it's time to run 9 starters out there. Schmidt gets his own day, and the other 8 starters split 4.5 innings each. :-b

OR

The Giants get starters who can go at least 7 innings.

The Giants have been there the last three years on a fatigued, aching patchwork bullpen. And each time it just wasn't quite enough. :~(

I'd like to see the 9 starter rotation, that would be quite the novelty.
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