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Postby AT » Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:01 pm

I am. ;-D
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Postby George_Foreman » Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:04 pm

Interesting Rumor.

Sosa is really good in Relief
What are you talking about? He's consistantly bad in relief.

Reitsma is the closer and he's been fine for us this year. That said, I still day it'll be devine by the ASB.
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:16 pm

George_Foreman wrote:
Interesting Rumor.

Sosa is really good in Relief
What are you talking about? He's consistantly bad in relief.

Reitsma is the closer and he's been fine for us this year. That said, I still day it'll be devine by the ASB.


His ERA was pretty nice last year
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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:13 pm

If Atlanta can find somebody to close and let Reitsma setup their team gets much better. I predicted awhile back that Sosa would close given his stuff, frame, and delivery. I still believe that Atlanta needs to find somebody else to close. If there is a huge weakness on that team its their bullpen.
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Postby TonyCee » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:46 pm

acsguitar wrote:
George_Foreman wrote:
Interesting Rumor.

Sosa is really good in Relief
What are you talking about? He's consistantly bad in relief.

Reitsma is the closer and he's been fine for us this year. That said, I still day it'll be devine by the ASB.


His ERA was pretty nice last year


Yeah and what about his WHIP and SO's??? :-b
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Postby bravelaker » Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:32 am

is villarreal not even in the picture anymore i picked him up a few weeks ago and I have been patient :-o
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Postby JohnGris » Fri Apr 28, 2006 9:29 am

bravelaker wrote:is villarreal not even in the picture anymore i picked him up a few weeks ago and I have been patient :-o

You did the right thing. If Reitsma loses the job, Villarreal is still by far the favored next-in-line. It's always risky to try to guess on a future closer, because somebody else, like Cormier or Devine, could swoop in and change up the plans. Or Reitsma could put it together...all it would take is a 2 or 3 solid appearances in a row and suddenly this conversation will have stopped, at least temporarily.

But you made the best possible guess.

Plus, if you're in a holds league he's a great pick-up, and if he continues on his 1.80 ERA pace, he can only help in that stat. However, I'm a bit worried that he's doing TOO good as a set-up man. It will be hard for Atlanta to part ways with that kind of safety in the middle innings.

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Postby BritSox » Fri Apr 28, 2006 9:51 am

JohnGris wrote:
bravelaker wrote:is villarreal not even in the picture anymore i picked him up a few weeks ago and I have been patient :-o

You did the right thing. If Reitsma loses the job, Villarreal is still by far the favored next-in-line. It's always risky to try to guess on a future closer, because somebody else, like Cormier or Devine, could swoop in and change up the plans. Or Reitsma could put it together...all it would take is a 2 or 3 solid appearances in a row and suddenly this conversation will have stopped, at least temporarily.

But you made the best possible guess.

Plus, if you're in a holds league he's a great pick-up, and if he continues on his 1.80 ERA pace, he can only help in that stat. However, I'm a bit worried that he's doing TOO good as a set-up man. It will be hard for Atlanta to part ways with that kind of safety in the middle innings.

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I'm in a holds league. I'm not entirely sure he's actually got one yet, certainly not been a big contributor. The four wins leads my staff though.
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Postby stumpak » Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:13 am

Sosa's ERA was pure luck last year. He is not a very good pitcher in any role.

This whole situation is a mess. I am pretty confident that Reitsma will blow up sooner or later, but Villareal is completely unproven closing as well.

We could see aparade of candidates get an audition, but tend to a agree that the most likely outcome is a trade. Frankly, I would not be surprised to the see the Braves go to the Tigers again and nab Rodney. With Jones healthy and Zumaya in the wings, Rodney is no longer essetnial to the Tigers plans this year or in the future.

Finally, if Ugueth Urbina is ever let out of prison, he will be closing games in Atlanta as soon as he can get sharp the minors.
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Postby JohnGris » Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:38 am

BritSox wrote:
JohnGris wrote:
bravelaker wrote:is villarreal not even in the picture anymore i picked him up a few weeks ago and I have been patient :-o

You did the right thing. If Reitsma loses the job, Villarreal is still by far the favored next-in-line. It's always risky to try to guess on a future closer, because somebody else, like Cormier or Devine, could swoop in and change up the plans. Or Reitsma could put it together...all it would take is a 2 or 3 solid appearances in a row and suddenly this conversation will have stopped, at least temporarily.

But you made the best possible guess.

Plus, if you're in a holds league he's a great pick-up, and if he continues on his 1.80 ERA pace, he can only help in that stat. However, I'm a bit worried that he's doing TOO good as a set-up man. It will be hard for Atlanta to part ways with that kind of safety in the middle innings.

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I'm in a holds league. I'm not entirely sure he's actually got one yet, certainly not been a big contributor. The four wins leads my staff though.

Surprisingly, you're right. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but a few of those wins were hold opportunities that he blew at first. He should end up with a good amount of holds and/or saves before the years over, I would think. Either way, he looks like at the very least a safe choice for a holds league, at the very best a valuable closer.
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