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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby Yoda » Thu May 01, 2008 4:05 pm

slomo007 wrote:
mweir145 wrote:I own Smoltz and Rafael Soriano.

This isn't good news.


At least you own them both. Imagine how us Acosta/Soriano owners feel. :-t


Yeah seriously... It is teh suxor for us A/S owners.
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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby DaShiz23 » Thu May 01, 2008 6:40 pm

looks like its time to deal for another SP
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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby fbc_fan » Thu May 01, 2008 6:55 pm

DaShiz23 wrote:looks like its time to deal for another SP


my thoughts exactly.

i just hope he comes back in some capacity. i'll take what i can get at this point, so if he can chip in with some saves, i'm all for it.
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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby stumpak » Fri May 02, 2008 9:44 am

I am too lazy to find it again, but in Smoltz's yahoo notes today there was a quote form Cox that essentially says "not so fast". Cox asserted that in order to "win big" Smoltz needed to be in the rotation.

My feel is that Smoltz will start back in the pen but transition to the rotation when (if) it looks like he can phyisically handle it.
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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby The Cow » Fri May 02, 2008 10:51 am

I have a deep and talented bunch of closers, however Smoltz was my ace SP. My SP is suspect really do not need another closer, I have 5 Rivera, Soria, Sherrill, Valverde and Fuentes. Smoltz would give me 6 closers! Trying to make a deal, but not liking the offers. Oh well, better to have Smoltz as a closer than no Smoltz. Guess I need to swing a trade or two.

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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby decoy562 » Fri May 02, 2008 11:11 am

Just a Braves fan thinking out loud...

I wonder if that would be a bad thing for Smoltz to go back to closing? It may allow him to pitch another year or two? Besides, what would the rotation look like:

-Hudson
-Glavine
-C. James
-Jurrjens
-Hampton (haha) or Bennett or Carlyle

Then, you could have M. Gonzalez when he comes back, Soriano, then Smoltz. That would mean the starters would only have to go 6 innings and then the game is pretty much over.

Hmmm.....
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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby bigh0rt » Fri May 02, 2008 12:11 pm

decoy562 wrote:Just a Braves fan thinking out loud...

I wonder if that would be a bad thing for Smoltz to go back to closing? It may allow him to pitch another year or two? Besides, what would the rotation look like:

-Hudson
-Glavine
-C. James
-Jurrjens
-Hampton (haha) or Bennett or Carlyle

Then, you could have M. Gonzalez when he comes back, Soriano, then Smoltz. That would mean the starters would only have to go 6 innings and then the game is pretty much over.

Hmmm.....

If your rotation has Glavine at #2, James at #3, Jurrjens at #4, and Bennett or Carlyle at #5, most games it won't matter that your pen can go 3 scoreless, because after the 6th you'll be down 4 runs anyway.
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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby cwrtlm » Fri May 02, 2008 2:24 pm

Listening to ESPN radio the other day, they had a good take on what could happen in ATL. Smoltz could become a 2-3 inning save kinda guy, thus allowing your starters to only have to face the rotation once or maybe 2 twice. With the other relievers that Cox has they could bridge the gap to get to the 7th or 8th then let Smoltz close it out.
Interesting idea, Smoltz won't have the high stress on his shoulder this way and then the Braves could shorten the games for their suspect starters, maybe only going to a 4 man rotation.
If this came true then Smoltz could possibly get alot of cheap W and 2 inning saves. In my league at 2 points per inning that really helps out a Reliever going over the typical 1 inning.
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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby Sp_Da_Man » Fri May 02, 2008 2:41 pm

cwrtlm wrote:Listening to ESPN radio the other day, they had a good take on what could happen in ATL. Smoltz could become a 2-3 inning save kinda guy, thus allowing your starters to only have to face the rotation once or maybe 2 twice. With the other relievers that Cox has they could bridge the gap to get to the 7th or 8th then let Smoltz close it out.
Interesting idea, Smoltz won't have the high stress on his shoulder this way and then the Braves could shorten the games for their suspect starters, maybe only going to a 4 man rotation.
If this came true then Smoltz could possibly get alot of cheap W and 2 inning saves. In my league at 2 points per inning that really helps out a Reliever going over the typical 1 inning.


That's an interesting take. In some odd kind of way I guess it could make sense.

I know he's needed more in the rotation but a Gonzalez, Soriano to Smoltz would be a pretty lethal trio to close games.
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Re: Smoltz Back to the Pen

Postby RobRob27 » Fri May 02, 2008 3:51 pm

Sp_Da_Man wrote:
cwrtlm wrote:Listening to ESPN radio the other day, they had a good take on what could happen in ATL. Smoltz could become a 2-3 inning save kinda guy, thus allowing your starters to only have to face the rotation once or maybe 2 twice. With the other relievers that Cox has they could bridge the gap to get to the 7th or 8th then let Smoltz close it out.
Interesting idea, Smoltz won't have the high stress on his shoulder this way and then the Braves could shorten the games for their suspect starters, maybe only going to a 4 man rotation.
If this came true then Smoltz could possibly get alot of cheap W and 2 inning saves. In my league at 2 points per inning that really helps out a Reliever going over the typical 1 inning.


That's an interesting take. In some odd kind of way I guess it could make sense.

I know he's needed more in the rotation but a Gonzalez, Soriano to Smoltz would be a pretty lethal trio to close games.


No doubt about that, but as it was mentioned earlier, with their shortcomings at the SP postition there may not be enough save situations for the Braves to make it effective. It's just too bad; Smolts had 37 ks in 27 innings and a 2.00 era. When Hampton breaks a nail and is out for the rest of the season I'll just shake my head in shame and wish for Smoltz like I will for Favre this fall.
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