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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby shoelessjoetara » Sun May 10, 2009 4:44 pm

fbc_fan wrote:
Howie wrote:Mike Gonzalez just pitched the 8th and now Soriano is now in for the 9th. The announcers said it was because of lefty/righty matchups.


yeah he came in specifically to get howard/ibanez. nothing to see here i suspect.



I agree but according to CBS its Soriano's job to lose. They tend to exagerate a little sometimes.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby Maris09 » Sun May 10, 2009 7:00 pm

shoelessjoetara wrote:I agree but according to CBS its Soriano's job to lose. They tend to exagerate a little sometimes.

CBS doesn't go that far:

Mike Gonzalez, RP ATL

News: Atlanta closer Mike Gonzalez pitched in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Phillies. This is especially important because with the Braves leading 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Rafael Soriano took the mound to try for the save. Gonzalez pitched a scoreless eighth and walked a batter without allowing a hit. Soriano came on in the ninth, allowed a hit and struck out a batter for his third save. Soriano's ERA is 1.20.

Analysis: Gonzalez had gone three straight appearances with two saves and only allowed one hit with three strikeouts, so it isn't like he's been struggling of late. Manager Bobby Cox might be tinkering with his bullpen rotation but that is definitely cause for concern for owners of Gonzalez. Stay tuned to find out the reason Cox placed Gonzalez as the eighth-inning setup guy and Soriano the closer on Sunday. Gonzalez has been a low-end No. 2 Fantasy closer but could drop to a non-entity in Fantasy play if he's just a setup guy. Soriano would take the reverse action on his value and he'd become a No. 2 Fantasy closer.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby Bwanna » Sun May 10, 2009 7:08 pm

Maris09 wrote:
shoelessjoetara wrote:I agree but according to CBS its Soriano's job to lose. They tend to exagerate a little sometimes.

CBS doesn't go that far:

Mike Gonzalez, RP ATL

News: Atlanta closer Mike Gonzalez pitched in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Phillies. This is especially important because with the Braves leading 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Rafael Soriano took the mound to try for the save. Gonzalez pitched a scoreless eighth and walked a batter without allowing a hit. Soriano came on in the ninth, allowed a hit and struck out a batter for his third save. Soriano's ERA is 1.20.

Analysis: Gonzalez had gone three straight appearances with two saves and only allowed one hit with three strikeouts, so it isn't like he's been struggling of late. Manager Bobby Cox might be tinkering with his bullpen rotation but that is definitely cause for concern for owners of Gonzalez. Stay tuned to find out the reason Cox placed Gonzalez as the eighth-inning setup guy and Soriano the closer on Sunday. Gonzalez has been a low-end No. 2 Fantasy closer but could drop to a non-entity in Fantasy play if he's just a setup guy. Soriano would take the reverse action on his value and he'd become a No. 2 Fantasy closer.


That's some brilliant analysis there... :-?
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby djxskillz » Sun May 10, 2009 7:20 pm

the people working on the fantasy analysis there obviously don't know what they are talking about.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby bluejkrew » Sun May 10, 2009 7:22 pm

anyone else notice that Ziegler has pitched in yet another non-save situation? (and POORLY for that matter)
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby djxskillz » Sun May 10, 2009 7:36 pm

i wouldn't look too much into it. Job is probably still his but look for Bailey to get a few save chances here and there. If these poor outings continue, I wouldn't be surprised to see Bailey get the nod
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby StarsNPinstripes » Sun May 10, 2009 7:43 pm

********J. Soria to the DL************
From KC.com

The Royals now believe All-Star closer Joakim Soria requires extended rest to alleviate the pain in his cranky right shoulder.

Club officials made the decision to place Soria on the 15-day disabled list after Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

The Royals replaced Soria by recalling right-hander Luke Hochevar from Class AAA Omaha and shifting Sidney Ponson to the bullpen. Hochevar will start Tuesday’s series opener against the A’s in Oakland.

Soria reported renewed soreness Thursday, one day after his shaky one-inning performance in closing out a 3-1 victory over the Mariners.

When that soreness continued into the weekend, the Royals made the move to place Soria on the DL.


http://www.kansascity.com/sports/royals/story/1189099.html
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby Nails86 » Sun May 10, 2009 7:49 pm

Thanks for the update! Good work! Cruz is an immediate add if he's not gone already!
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby Maris09 » Sun May 10, 2009 7:53 pm

I forget, did Soria pitch in the World Baseball Classic?
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread (No Game Commentary Please)

Postby Another Blown Save » Sun May 10, 2009 7:58 pm

I'd keep an eye on Farnsworth as well. I think he may end up with the closers job for the time being.
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