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Postby kab21 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:48 am

Just for fun: Does this put carpenter back into the mix as a closer when he comes back?

His injury isn't arm-related but he appears to be made of glass. Being a closer (not back to back games) might be what he needs to do.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby DaShiz23 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:52 am

kab21 wrote:Just for fun: Does this put carpenter back into the mix as a closer when he comes back?

His injury isn't arm-related but he appears to be made of glass. Being a closer (not back to back games) might be what he needs to do.

This STL closer situation is nuts! I could see Carp getting into the mix, he's become too fragile to go out there for 5+ innings.
Does Perez become an add for closer-deficient fantasy rosters (Gregg, Corpas, Downs and Balfour)?
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby Polar Bear » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:01 am

Can this thread be used for vulture save opportunities?

I think Lowe could possibly get a save tonight if Seattle gets a lead in the 9th.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby Havok1517 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:21 am

loyal_bushie wrote:
Havok1517 wrote:On a side note to the Cards closers fiasco, Qualls did not look good tonight, he did strikeout 3 in the inning but those he couldn't get to chase got hits and he blew the save. This is just something to monitor.


Game commentary, game commentary!! Oh wait, he's the thread author. Never mind.

To add on to monitoring Qualls, Tony Pena (next in line?) has been talked about as a potential closer of the future and has looked good. Is he a better handcuff than Rauch at this point? My thought is that Qualls has a long leash, but this would suggest (to me) that switching from Qualls to Rauch to me would be a wash, so the only reason I'd think that Qualls would get pulled is if they wanted to go a different direction entirely (Pena).


Yes, Pena over Rauch right now for next in line.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby Yoda » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:48 am

kab21 wrote:Just for fun: Does this put carpenter back into the mix as a closer when he comes back?

His injury isn't arm-related but he appears to be made of glass. Being a closer (not back to back games) might be what he needs to do.


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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby Nails86 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:58 pm

Wow. Yoda you are so smart! Great call! (sarcasm)

Do you really have to go back to an old post you made to try to prove that you "made the right call." Get a life man.

Plus, that's probably the wrong call anyway. Carp was lights out all of spring training. His arm is finally healthy. I doubt they let a ribcage injury sustained WHILE HITTING move him into the pen.

Regardless, no need to go back and direct people to some old post where you "predicted this." Especially when "this" hasn't even happened and probably wont!
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby fezzik » Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:09 pm

My understanding is that the injury didn't even happen during a pitch, but rather an AB. He has too much value as a starter IMO, and he's been throwing well in that role all spring.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby killertofu2222 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:26 pm

Yoda wrote:
kab21 wrote:Just for fun: Does this put carpenter back into the mix as a closer when he comes back?

His injury isn't arm-related but he appears to be made of glass. Being a closer (not back to back games) might be what he needs to do.


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nobody cares..waste of space. now i'm being a hypocrite while posting this so ill go back to being a spectator of this thread.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby kab21 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:47 pm

fezzik wrote:My understanding is that the injury didn't even happen during a pitch, but rather an AB. He has too much value as a starter IMO, and he's been throwing well in that role all spring.


It's not that it happened while pitching but it's just that it's yet another example of him being extremely injury prone. And as a starter he's going to have to bat which is where he got injured. And what are you going to do 'have him sacrifice every time up even if the bases are empty or loaded'?

Yoda nor myself really get any credit for mentioning it as a possibility since the Cards said that he would go back to the bullpen if he couldn't hold up as a starter.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby NittanyLions1 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:03 pm

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today:

Though no moves have yet been made official, manager Tony La Russa recently informed reliever Brad Thompson of his option to Triple-A Memphis. Subtracting Thompson assures the club will make at least two moves to compensate for Carpenter’s loss after he suffered a strained left oblique while batting in the top of Tuesday’s fourth inning. Carpenter experienced increased discomfort while warming before the inning’s bottom half and was removed. The Cardinals are soon expected to announce the promotion of former closer candidate Chris Perez and starter Mitch Boggs from Memphis.


So does Perez get a shot at closing now?

Here's the entire article:
http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/commishs-hot-stove/commishs-hot-stove/cardinal-beat-updates/2009/04/carpenter-to-dl-dominoes-fall/

EDIT (IT'S OFFICIAL...from the AP)

Cardinals place RHP Carpenter on DL

PHOENIX (Ticker) - The St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday placed righthander Chris Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his left rib cage. Trying to make it back after missing most of the last two seasons with arm injuries, Carpenter was removed from Tuesday’s game against Arizona after pitching three scoreless innings. Carpenter, the 2005 Cy Young Award winner, was off to a fantastic start this season, allowing just an unearned run and five hits over 10 innings. The Cardinals also optioned pitcher Brad Thompson to Class AAA Memphis while recalling pitchers Mitchell Boggs and Chris Perez from the minors.
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