brandnew wrote:Sosa is being skipped this week in the rotation due to the offday, (THANK GOD), and I think by the time he's due again, Ramirez will get his shot. If things go to according to plan, Ramirez will be absolutely awful, nibbling and nibbling until he has to throw a strike, resulting in homerun after homerun for the opposition, and thus, after 2-3 more awful starts to piss Bobby off, combined with 5-10 more scoreless innings of long relief of Ramirez from Chuck James, James will get his shot in the rotation, and proceed to be an average/decent starter with an ERA in the high 3s or low 4s, working efficiently, and throwing strikes.
How's that for a run-on sentence?
Run-on, but a good guess as I think about the same thing will happen.
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Everyone is saying he is not a power guy, but, he had 193 K's in 161 IP's in AA and AAA last year. That's a pretty damn good ratio if you ask me!! Maybe the K's won't be that high in the Bigs, but, he should still get his share.
Got ya. It's good to get some real info from someone that follows the Braves closely. Thanks. You're projections for him this year are more than I am expecting from Fat Boy Wells, who seems like he could care less if he pitches for the Sox again. My league is very deep. The top two SP's on the wire right now are John Koronka and Chan Ho Park!!!! I am officially stashing James.
Prediction: Chipper comes back
Betemit will be dealt to the Twins for Lohse
Sosa will become the closer (an effective 1 too)
Thomson will be dealt for a Trot Nixon or Luis Matos
James will become #6/spot starter like Liriano & McCarthy
Leaving a rotation of...
[quote="beezer"]Kyle Lohse?????? If Sosa becomes the closer, you will see pigs flying by your window. He is the Jorge Julio of Atlanta.[/quote]
Lohse for Betemit makes sense since each team has a surplus at that position and a lack in other. Maybe Atlanta can get a RP to go along with it. But I remember last year hearing the Braves liked Lohse of course that may have something to do with Mazzone. Who still likes the guy in Baltimore. Lohse has good stuff but pitches like an idiot, a good catcher and an excellent coaching can help that.
Is is that far fetch to consider Sosa a possible closer? He's been seen as a possible closer his entire career. He pitched very well at the end of last year and obviously he isn't a starter. Plus, his frame, violent delivery, and velocity scream late inning work. I don't think Julio ever started and about 50+ current SPs could be great to good closers. Sosa has 2 good pitches a high 90's heater and low 90's slider, will he succeed?, not sure. But he fits the mold much more than Reitsma does. If somebody besides Reitsma can do a good job closing and allow Reitsma to set up then the Braves get that much stronger.
Havok1517 wrote:Prediction: Chipper comes back Betemit will be dealt to the Twins for Lohse Sosa will become the closer (an effective 1 too) Thomson will be dealt for a Trot Nixon or Luis Matos James will become #6/spot starter like Liriano & McCarthy
Leaving a rotation of... Hudson Smoltz Lohse Davies Ramirez James
No. Betemit is needed sorely because of Chipper and Renteria apparently having injuries that seem like they could re-occur. Never gonna happen. If anything, the Braves would trade Betemit for a bullpen arm. Lohse isn't any better than, well, me, but also LeRew, James, Ramirez, Sosa, etc.
Thomson is not going to be dealt for Nixon or Matos, he's one of the best #3 starters in the league, that would be plain dumb.
Sosa will not become closer, and he won't be effective if he does. The guy has absolutely no control, and keeps leaving pitches fat over the plate to hammer. He also doesn't change speeds at all, so the two don't work together. Reitsma has a fastball in the 92-93 area, a good curveball, and a great changeup. He's much better suited as closer than Sosa. Sosa would be TERRIBLE as closer