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Postby Madison » Wed Sep 24, 2003 10:17 am

Looper/Urbina will share closing duties the rest of the way out. That's good news for Urbina owners and bad news for Looper owners. Here's the story:


Looper to share closer role with Urbina

CLARK SPENCER , mailto:cspencer@herald.com

The closer's job is no longer the sole domain of Braden Looper.


So said Marlins manager Jack McKeon, who plans to split the duties between Looper and Ugueth Urbina.

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"We have two closers," McKeon said Tuesday.


On paper, he does. Looper leads the club with 28 saves, while Urbina was leading the American League with 26 before the Marlins landed him in July.


But after Looper blew each of his past two save opportunities -- both against the Braves -- McKeon decided to go with a "mix and match" approach.


"It's going to be a little different now," McKeon said. "If you've got a guy who can't hit a curveball, you've got [Chad] Fox. If you've got a guy who can't hit a fastball, you've got Looper. And if you need a combination, you've got Urbina."


Looper watched from the bullpen as Urbina closed out Monday's victory in Atlanta after Fox pitched the eighth.


"All I can do is just take the ball when they give it to me," Looper said. "I'm trying not to worry about anything but to help this club win."


Other than Tommy Phelps, who hasn't pitched in two months, the only left-hander in the Marlins bullpen is Michael Tejera. But McKeon said he thinks the team can get buy with just one southpaw reliever.


"Fox usually gets left-handers pretty good, as does Urbina," McKeon said.


Left-handers are hitting .226 against Fox and .182 against Urbina.



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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Wed Sep 24, 2003 10:34 am

"It's going to be a little different now," McKeon said. "If you've got a guy who can't hit a curveball, you've got [Chad] Fox. If you've got a guy who can't hit a fastball, you've got Looper. And if you need a combination, you've got Urbina."


sounds to me like mckeon is trying to politely say urbina is better. if i had to pick one to get more saves i would go with urbina.
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Postby Madison » Wed Sep 24, 2003 1:26 pm

j_d_mcnugent wrote:
"It's going to be a little different now," McKeon said. "If you've got a guy who can't hit a curveball, you've got [Chad] Fox. If you've got a guy who can't hit a fastball, you've got Looper. And if you need a combination, you've got Urbina."


sounds to me like mckeon is trying to politely say urbina is better. if i had to pick one to get more saves i would go with urbina.


Looks that way to me as well. Personally, I'd prefer to have Urbina closing over Looper too. ;-)
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Postby Madison » Wed Sep 24, 2003 10:40 pm

NEW UPDATE Closer's job is Urbina's now!

With Looper struggling, Urbina gets Marlins' closer job


September 24, 2003
MIAMI (AP) -- Florida Marlins closer Braden Looper lost his job to Ugueth Urbina on Wednesday after three straight rough outings.

Manager Jack McKeon made the change to try to help the Marlins protect their lead in the NL wild-card race.

``Right now I'm going to go with Urbina,'' McKeon said. ``But we still have faith in Looper.''


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Urbina, a right-hander, led the AL with 26 saves when he was traded by Texas to Florida in July. He earned his fourth save in six chances with Florida against Philadelphia on Tuesday and lowered his ERA to 1.49.

Looper, also a right-hander, blew consecutive save chances against Atlanta, then walked the only two batters he faced in the eighth inning Tuesday. Florida fans booed Looper, then cheered when he left the game.

``I can feel their pain,'' he said. ``Believe me, I'm not out there trying to do what I did.''

Looper threw on the side Wednesday and said he's adjusting his mechanics.

``I'm going to be fine,'' he said. ``It's just a bad time, obviously. I'm frustrated with it, but I'll make it all right.''


Updated on Wednesday, Sep 24, 2003 7:41 pm EDT

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Postby Transmogrifier » Wed Sep 24, 2003 11:11 pm

Drop Reitsma or Lopez for him?
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Postby Madison » Wed Sep 24, 2003 11:13 pm

Transmogrifier wrote:Drop Reitsma or Lopez for him?


I'd drop Reitsma.
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Postby Transmogrifier » Wed Sep 24, 2003 11:24 pm

Just did it; thanks Mad.
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Postby Madison » Wed Sep 24, 2003 11:26 pm

No problem at all. :-)
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