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Postby pjalst » Wed May 31, 2006 9:59 am

Who will be the D backs Closer is Velarde is demoted. Will it be Lyons or Julio?
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Postby Simulacrum » Wed May 31, 2006 11:42 am

Two morsels-

According to Arizona manager Bob Melvin, Valverde is still his closer, and he's getting the night off on Tuesday simply because he's overworked. Valverde threw 10 pitches on Sunday and another 18 on Monday while blowing ninth-inning leads in both games. However, Valverde has now given up a run in each of his last five outings, and he's been awful over that stretch (giving up nine runs in just 3.2 innings and allowing 17 of 28 batters to reach base). Should Valverde falter once more when he next gets the opportunity to pitch in the ninth, it's quite possible we could see a closer change in Arizona. Don't dump Valverde just yet, but now isn't the time to trade for him, either.

May 30 The East Valley Tribune reports Arizona Diamondbacks CL Jose Valverde did not pitch Tuesday, May 30, as RP Jorge Julio threw instead. Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin would not comment on whether or not the club would go with Julio as its closer instead of Valverde. "Julio will close tonight and then we'll take a look at it down the road," he said. "That's all I'm really prepared to say."

I picked up Julio in two out of three leagues in which I am starved for saves. I would have suspected Lyon would get the nod, but this seems to indicate that Julio is the #2 guy.
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Postby pjalst » Wed May 31, 2006 11:47 am

I hope you're right, I'm starving for saves also and have limited roster positions.
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Postby Simulacrum » Wed May 31, 2006 12:06 pm

You'll like this then. ;-D
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Postby pjalst » Wed May 31, 2006 12:10 pm

I just picked him up :-D
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Postby Simulacrum » Wed May 31, 2006 1:17 pm

Hopefully we're getting Julio circa 2002.. :-o
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Postby pjalst » Wed May 31, 2006 1:34 pm

No, I made sure I got the right one. Julio Franco :*)
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Postby Big Pimpin » Wed May 31, 2006 2:22 pm

I almost grabbed Julio on Monday when Valverde blew the game against the Mets... But then I figured he'd just blow up like Dessens did. So he can cause someone else (see: Sim) headaches... :-b
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Postby Simulacrum » Wed May 31, 2006 4:24 pm

Big Pimpin wrote:I almost grabbed Julio on Monday when Valverde blew the game against the Mets... But then I figured he'd just blow up like Dessens did. So he can cause someone else (see: Sim) headaches... :-b


I am expecting and prepared for the worst. :-b

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Postby pjalst » Wed May 31, 2006 10:52 pm

For what it's worth, in tonights game against the Mets. Game tied in the 8th inning 0-0:

8th Inning - Vizcaino

9th - Lyons

10th - Medders

11th - Medders

12th - Julio(retired the side impressively)

13th - Grimsley(loses the game)
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