Havok1517 wrote: Big Pimpin wrote:
Havok1517 wrote:I personally think Putz will be the biggets closer bust of 2007 as of right now.
May I ask why? He's got great stuff and good control. It's not like all of the sudden guys are going to start catching up to the 99 MPH fastball... Not to mention he's got a pretty good curve as well, so it's not like he's a one-pitch pitcher...
I just think the league will catch up to him next year. I think he had career year in 2006 and I predict a regression to a lossof the closers job sometime in 2007. Just a hunch.
I think that with Putz is more of a case of him getting better than of him having a career year only to have the league catch up to him in 07. Putz has been on the league for 4 years now, unlike a guy such as Takatsu who came over and did very well for a year then blew up the following year. Well, Takatsu might not be the best guy we can use as a comparison cuz they are pretty different pitchers, but it's tough to predict a huge drop off for a guy who has been relatively successful for 2 full MLB seasons and then puts up 104Ks and only 13BBs for the entire year. That tells me he had great command and unless he completely loses it, he will keep striking guys out. Combined with the fact that he doesn't give up many home runs, you got a pretty good closer.
I did not see this coming, but I think Putz was impressive enough this year to have his job secure for 07. Soriano was pretty good too and we know he also has great stuff. If anything happens to Putz, Soriano will probably do a pretty good job as the closer. I'd look for Putz to keep up the good numbers next year.