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Postby bigken117 » Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:40 am

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Florida Marlins purchased the contract of Scott Olsen on Thursday night, and the left-hander will start Saturday's game at Tampa Bay.

The Marlins also recalled catcher Josh Willingham from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned pitcher Travis Smith and infielder Joe Dillon to Albuquerque.

Smith had been considered a possible starter for Saturday's game. He had a 7.20 ERA in 11 games with the Marlins.

Olsen was 6-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 14 starts at Double-A Carolina. Willingham was hitting .337 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs at Albuquerque.

The moves were announced after the Marlins' 8-0 win over Atlanta.
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Postby theclefe » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:53 am

This is wonderful, and dangerous. I was slated to take Olsen in the second round of my Minor League draft. Now I can grab him before anyone else. Hopefully, no one else catches on, because my waiver priority is really low.

Thanks Ken.
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Postby theclefe » Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:12 pm

IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
S. Olsen (W, 1-0) 5.2 4 2 1 3 7 1 1.59

Not bad. I wish Yahoo had him listed before my leaguemates find out about him. Will he stay up once Beckett gets off the DL?
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Postby bigken117 » Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:41 pm

you have to assume it's all in how well he pitches...a few more outings like that won't hurt
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Postby j24jags » Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:44 pm

when beckett gets back, itll be to the pen for leiter. the 5 men in the rotation will be, beckett, willis, burnett, moehler, olsen...

-that is, if olsen keeps it up
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Postby hybrid » Sun Jun 26, 2005 3:35 am

To be honest it was a so-so outing for Olsen IMO. He has a real nice slider that had a lot of hitters swinging and missing (lots that more disciplined hitters would of laid off). But everything I saw on his FB seemed slow or just avg., the highest I saw was 88-91. I was under the impression he more or less sat low 90's and could hit 94 or so.

With that in mind I wonder what a real team would do if they had some discipline, cause his stuff doesn't seem as good as advertised. If they lay off the slider in the dirt and wait on his FB, I can see him getting easily hammered. Also the Rays barely ever worked the count, though it was a good start ... he has a while to go still.
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Postby Real Deal » Sat Jul 09, 2005 8:21 pm

well, his stats looked pretty damn good today vs. the cubbies. 6 innings, 4 hit, 1 er, 3bb, and 4 k's.
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Postby hybrid » Sat Jul 09, 2005 8:34 pm

Real Deal wrote:well, his stats looked pretty damn good today vs. the cubbies. 6 innings, 4 hit, 1 er, 3bb, and 4 k's.


Yep he has been pitching well, though I have only seen him pitch against the Rays and those were my thoughts. He possibly could of improved, but I think most of his success is coming from him not being seen before and having good stuff for a lefty.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Mon Jul 11, 2005 9:40 am

With Al Leiter's stellar performances, I have to imagine we'll be seeing Olsen around for quite a while. Good for the Marlins to have a nice up and coming lefty right when it looks like Leiter may be finished.
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Postby PhilliesPhan24 » Mon Jul 11, 2005 12:17 pm

Olsen will be a trade chip for the Marlins to add a legit closer like Billy Wagner or Uggy Urbina.

Now, if my Phillies were smart, they would get the Braves and Marlins in a bidding war over Wagner and try to bring in names such as Marte, LaRoache, Langerhans, Heredia, and Olsen, depending on team.
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