dorje3 wrote:Searched back a few pages and couldn't find anything on the saito/Broxton situation. Is Saito supposed to reclaim the job?
What are your thoughts on Frank Francisco? The guy has been filthy for about a month with a K/9 close to 18 and a whip under .60...is he just in a grove right now with a propensity to fold at any moment?
Good question on Saito/Broxton. I've read some blurbs suggesting that Saito is not expected to get the closer role back (rotoworld: "He is not expected to resume closer duties with Jonathan Broxton pitching well in that role"). But nothing I've seen from Torre rules it out. He's only said they'll run him out in low-stress situations first. And either the LA Times or Broxton seem to think Saito is a strong possibility: "Jonathan Broxton says he knows that Takashi Saito could be activated this weekend and his days as the Dodgers' closer could be nearing an end."http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedit ... 5825.story
I think it's completely up in the air, and I wouldn't trust anyone who sounds too sure about what will happen unless he gives me a clear, direct quote from Torre.
As for Francisco, I like him, but you look at his numbers, and you wonder how long the whip will last (and with it, the era). It's a boom/bust proposition. He could keep up striking out guys in bunches, but if it goes wrong, it could go real wrong. Take yr chances.