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FYI: Wickman to break camp as Indians closer

Postby TownDrunk » Mon Mar 01, 2004 3:22 pm

http://www.rotoworld.com

Cleveland manager Eric Wedge expects to break camp with Bob Wickman as their closer.

Wickman, recovering from Tommy John surgery, has not had any setbacks thus far, but he's not a weak fantasy bet. David Riske and/or Jose Jimenez can pick up saves if Wickman runs into trouble.


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Postby jebatzel » Mon Mar 01, 2004 3:41 pm

Riske was getting the job done at the end of the year, so how secure of job do you think he has?

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Postby Madison » Mon Mar 01, 2004 5:09 pm

Glad to see that they are going to stick with what they said a couple of months ago. :-)

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Postby LBJackal » Mon Mar 01, 2004 7:51 pm

I don't see Wickman as being as effective as Riske. Wickman was never really great except for one season. To me he seems like a sort of Rocky Biddle, take over the role because nobody else there can do it kind of guy.

I think he'll have some trouble getting used to pitching in pressure situations since it's been a while since he's been really effective - 2001. Riske should take over at some point IMO.
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Postby John Bonzo » Tue Mar 02, 2004 12:48 am

Anyone know if they are going to add Wickman on yahoo soon?
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Postby mightyian5 » Tue Mar 02, 2004 11:14 am

wickman has never been a stud closer, but the job has been his, and hes always done an excellent job closing. he is in NO WAY like rocky biddle, and the job is rightfully his.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Tue Mar 02, 2004 7:12 pm

mightyian5 wrote:wickman has never been a stud closer, but the job has been his, and hes always done an excellent job closing. he is in NO WAY like rocky biddle, and the job is rightfully his.
I agree; never a stud, but relatively effective nevertheless. He was a very good reliever from 1997-2001 (most of them as a closer) with 2002 being a down year (maybe due to early effects of his injury?).
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Postby Jer19G » Tue Mar 02, 2004 7:35 pm

I think Wickman will keep the job, but if he screws up the job will be quickly handed over to soon-to-be-elite closer David Riske. If you get Wickman it would not be a bad idea to pick up Riske.
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