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Postby The Big Train » Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:43 pm

He pitched reasonably well with the Sidewinders at Triple A Tuscon, converting all 3 save chances and striking out more than a batter per inning. If I remember correctly he had an ERA around 3. I doubt that he closes unless Julio flops or unless the D'backs are out of it near the end of the season. Even then Pena might get some chances. If effective, he might be good for holds, K's or K/9 if you are in a really deep league, but not much else.
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Postby FalcoAtL » Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:44 am

Well I heard his last 12 of 13 outings were scoreless in Tucson so he seems to be regaining his old form. He did look decent tonight against the Rockies as well. Not as nasty as he was toward the end of last year, but he was getting the job done against each hitter he faced. I would say that it will a lot of luck for him to regain the closer's role before the end of the season. Julio, although shaky as of late, has been an adequate closer since he took on the job, and I don't think he will have much trouble keeping things together. If somehow he does run into a rough period I would say the first person to get the look will be, as The Big Train said, Tony Pena. Tonight he K'd 4 guys in 2 innings and has an ERA right at 3 since being called up. Couple that along with the fact that he raked in Triple A and Double A and I think there is really no doubt that Melvin has him in mind for the backup at this point.
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