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Postby George_Foreman » Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:06 pm

Ehh. I just don't see why this year would be different from the past two times when Reitsma closed. He just doesn't have the stamina to make consecutive appearances.
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:11 pm

I think Devine is worth a flier. Reitsma won't last, he's more suited to a 7th inning role. I'm willing to gamble on a late draft pick that the Braves have a new closer by May.
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Postby George_Foreman » Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:18 pm

Reitsma has actually done very well for Atlanta as as setup guy. Both times he closed were preceeded by him pitching excellently in an 8th inning role.
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Postby klvrdude » Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:58 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
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J.C.Fighter wrote:
RAmst23 wrote:Good info!! Sounds a little too early to be stashing Devine away on the bench though... don't really want the guy on my team for 2 months not doing anything.


You ever heard of K's and holds?


I forgot, how many points do you get for a minor league strike out? :-?

Sounds like he's going to start the season on the farm.


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I thought I did and I thought your earlier post had an article saying:

That's not saying he's not still on that path. But at the same time, there isn't any reason for the Braves to rush his development by forcing him to prove himself as a big-league closer right now. It might be in everyone's best interest if he begins the season back in the Minors and regains the confidence that might have been shaken last year.
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Postby Zito is God » Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:57 pm

J.C.Fighter wrote:
RAmst23 wrote:Good info!! Sounds a little too early to be stashing Devine away on the bench though... don't really want the guy on my team for 2 months not doing anything.


You ever heard of K's and holds?


Funny stuff considering I can get more Ks and Holds from Scott Sauerbeck...
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Postby raiders_umpire » Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:07 pm

I would not be suprised one bit if Devine was not given the opportunity to close for the Braves come May or June.
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Postby Havok1517 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:11 pm

or April? lol
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Postby GreenMonsterGoon » Sun Mar 19, 2006 8:23 pm

Joey Devine gave up his first three earned runs in nine innings this spring today against the Cardinals.

John Gall hit a three-run homer off him. One bad outing isn't going to change much here. Devine remains a heavy favorite for one of the openings in Atlanta's pen, and he wasn't going to overtake Chris Reitsma before Opening Day. Mar. 19 - 6:38 pm et
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