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Postby jebatzel » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:42 am

"Ugueth Urbina pitched a perfect ninth tonight to get the save against the Braves.
Considering that both of Braden Looper's recent poor outings came against Atlanta, picking Urbina over him tonight was probably a good move. Looper shouldn't lose his because job of two bad appearances, but since this is the final week of the season and the Marlins are in the race, manager Jack McKeon isn't going to worry about who deserves what and how players feel when he makes his moves. " http://www.rotoworld.com

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Postby Madison » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:47 am

Here's what I've found:

Bullpen trend conjures concern

CLARK SPENCER , mailto:cspencer@herald.com

ATLANTA - For so long they were so trusted.


Now the Marlins bullpen is reeling from a string of dismal showings that have figured prominently in three of the past five losses.

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"Not good," said closer Braden Looper, who has been lambasted in his past two relief appearances, both of them save situations that went up in flames.


Said setup man Ugueth Urbina, who played a part in Saturday's near-disaster when he served up a two-run homer to Atlanta's Gary Sheffield: "You can't expect to do good every day. That's normal. That's part of the game."


The relievers have been abominable of late, allowing 20 earned runs over 21 2/3 innings.


While none of the bullpen's members has been immune from the stretch of shaky outings, Looper has come under the spotlight with back-to-back busts.


Pitching for the seventh time in nine days, he failed to protect a 5-4 lead Sept. 14 against the Braves by giving up five runs in the ninth and losing the game.


On Saturday at Turner Field, Looper unraveled again by failing to protect a 5-3 lead in the ninth and giving up two runs to allow the game to go into extra innings.


McKeon hedged around questions about whether he would replace Looper with Urbina as the closer, saying only that he would base his decisions on each late-game situation.


"I trust them," McKeon said Sunday. "You've got to stay with them."


But McKeon has no other choice.




Not much help, but I'd expect Urbina to get more opps right now.
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Postby jebatzel » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:48 am

So should I drop Looper for another closer who has a job?

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Postby Captain Crash » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:50 am

Looper is still the closer, but he gets bombed by the Braves... And just who were the Marlins playing Monday? Hmmmmmm?
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Postby Madison » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:50 am

jebatzel wrote:So should I drop Looper for another closer who has a job?

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Postby jebatzel » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:52 am

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Postby Madison » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:54 am

Take your pick. :-B
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