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Postby Dawgpound 1613 » Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:21 am

1st - Davies is a right hander.

2nd - Harrison could get the call as a MR mid-season, but since he's a SP long-term, I can't see him becoming a LH set-up man and he likely starts the season in the minors.

3rd - McBride is effective against LH and so-so (at best) vs. RH. He's not really someone who has shown the ability to be a primary LH set-up guy.

As such, with the predominance of RH set-up candidates (Yates, Paronto, Villareal, Stockman, Boyer, Devine), it is easier to slide Soriano into the closer role and replace him internally than doing the same with MGonz.

Throw in MGonz's elbow questions, his poor performance to date in ST and how Soriano has done, I think Soriano would get first choice.
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Postby daullaz » Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:01 pm

Dawgpound 1613 wrote:1st - Davies is a right hander.

2nd - Harrison could get the call as a MR mid-season, but since he's a SP long-term, I can't see him becoming a LH set-up man and he likely starts the season in the minors.

3rd - McBride is effective against LH and so-so (at best) vs. RH. He's not really someone who has shown the ability to be a primary LH set-up guy.

As such, with the predominance of RH set-up candidates (Yates, Paronto, Villareal, Stockman, Boyer, Devine), it is easier to slide Soriano into the closer role and replace him internally than doing the same with MGonz.

Throw in MGonz's elbow questions, his poor performance to date in ST and how Soriano has done, I think Soriano would get first choice.


Agreed. Soriano will get the first crack at closing. Gonzalez might have been 24/24 last year, but he's 0/0 as a Brave. His value to the Braves lies in setting up.
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