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Postby cookman » Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:39 am

Have they decided definitively whether it will be Tankersley's or Gregg's job at the start of the season? Any Marlins fans of Miami natives have any news to offer?
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Postby GiantsFan14 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:46 am

tankersley is hurt so i believe gregg will be starting the season as closer
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Postby Prooks25 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:59 am

Kevin Gregg shoul dhave the job...and I believe he will do well in the spot and not give up the job once Tank comes back. If Nolasco wasn't needed as a starter, he would be another option...but alas, he is needed as a starter.
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Postby PedroFan45 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:43 pm

Any word on how long he will be out? When he comes back will he be put right back in as the closer or have to battle with Gregg? I just dealt for Tankersley giving up Wainwright
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Postby kimchi_chigae » Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:20 pm

Tankersley should be back by next week.
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Postby Prooks25 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:28 pm

That probably wasn't the best trade for u. Gregg should be the closer, and I think Wainwright is gonna be a pretty good starter.
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Postby TurdFerguson » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:46 pm

That was not a good idea trading Wainwright for that.But Gregg will not be closing for anyone because he is not good.If Tankersley is healthy he should close.Like the poster above stated, he should start throwing next week.
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:53 pm

All quotes care of Rotowire:

Tankersley will have his shoulder examined on Friday, and if the results are positive he'll begin throwing from flat ground on Saturday, the Palm Beach Post reports.

"It is realistic to be (throwing) off a mound a week to 10 days from Saturday," he said. Tankersley still thinks he can be ready for Opening Day.


Gregg has struggled a little so far in spring training action, and might have lost his favorite status for the Marlins' closing job to Matt Lindstrom, the Marlins' official site reports.

It's way too early to read too much into a couple of outings, but the takeaway here is that if you invest in Gregg for potential saves, you might also need to go out and get Lindstrom or Henry Owens too. Meanwhile, Taylor Tankersley is currently out with shoulder soreness.


Gregg isn't dominant but he's not a terrible pitcher:

Career Stats:
4.31 era
1.365 whip
7.8 k/9
3.0 bb/9
2.6 k/bb
0.96 hr/9

You could do a heck of a lot worse at closer than Gregg. A few major league teams ARE doing a heck of a lot worse than Gregg as we speak.

Following up, here are Tankersley's numbers from last year in the majors:
2.85 era
1.44 whip
10.10 k/9
5.71 bb/9
1.79 k/bb
0.88 hr/9

While that era looks pretty his projected era based on his k/9, bb/9 and hr/9 is a less stellar 3.93. Sure he's a more dominant pitcher as far as striking guys out but that doesn't immediately make you a better closer, especially in this era today where closers typically start innings. Getting the strikeout isn't as important as not putting people on base and Tankersley has yet to show the ability to keep batters off base. His minor league whip was 1.26 and that's against lesser competition. I'm not sure whether Tankersley can win this battle healthy, let alone hurting.
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