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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby RotOAddicT » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:53 am

Rotoworld.:

David Aardsma struck out three of the four batters he faced Wednesday against the Royals.
If the Red Sox had it to do over again, we imagine they wouldn't have picked Wes Littleton over Aardsma, who has yet to allow a run in seven innings this spring. It's highly unlikely that he'll open the season as Seattle's closer, but it's possible he'll get the job eventually if he keeps throwing like this. He has as much upside as anyone in Seattle's pen.

I need him to be the Closer! :-)
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:00 pm

RotOAddicT wrote:Rotoworld.:

David Aardsma struck out three of the four batters he faced Wednesday against the Royals.
If the Red Sox had it to do over again, we imagine they wouldn't have picked Wes Littleton over Aardsma, who has yet to allow a run in seven innings this spring. It's highly unlikely that he'll open the season as Seattle's closer, but it's possible he'll get the job eventually if he keeps throwing like this. He has as much upside as anyone in Seattle's pen.

I need him to be the Closer! :-)


You might wanna backtrack about 3 posts on this thread.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby JimmyBaseball » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:15 pm

Pogotheostrich wrote:Chris Perez sidelined by shoulder discomfort, concerns
http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/commis ... -concerns/

I'd say that squarely puts Motte in the lead.



Agreed. It appears that Motte has forced himself into this role and it helped that Perez has an ailing shoulder (as a Cardinal fan I don't like this). Knowing TLR, I still wouldn't be surprised to see somewhat of a committee role for Franklin..... all of this prolly only applies to the beginning of the year.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby rookies and cream » Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:11 pm

Nice to see Franklin give up a couple of runs....
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Neato Torpedo » Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:22 pm

rookies and cream wrote:Nice to see Franklin give up a couple of runs....

No it's not, you jerk. :-C
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby The G.O.A.T. » Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:15 pm

rookies and cream wrote:Nice to see Franklin give up a couple of runs....


Motte with 2 K's in a 4 out save. He appears to be in a real position to take this. Also good to see Franklin pitching early in the game.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby AussieDodger » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:01 pm

Just picked up Aardsma in my deep league, thanks for the heads up.
His 1st half last year (apart from the walks) was quite good, and the thing that sunk his 2nd half was only a strained groin - so it shouldn't affect him long term. ;-D
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Cards07Champs » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:10 pm

From Derek Goold's (Cards beat-writer) post-game writeup regarding Motte:

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/commis ... ces-power/

Speaking of trust: Closer candidate Jason Motte continued gaining trust from the coaching staff with a four-out save. He entered the game with the go-ahead run at the plate in the eighth and then pitched the ninth with the tying run at the plate. Motte struck out two and walked his first batter of spring as he secured his third save. But the numbers don’t do justice to the outing. In the ninth, Motte faced Ben Zobrist, who had been the best hitter in the game with three hits already. Motte froze him for strike three after using his slider to set up the fastball. Motte threw a tight, caught first-pitch slider for a strike on the final batter. He then got him to groundout to end the game.

In relief of Brad Thompson in the eighth, Motte faced Ray Olmedo as the go-ahead runner. Motte flat gassed him. The Cardinals candidate for closer blew a fastball by him for a strike out to end the inning.

Announced outfielder Ryan Ludwick as he came into the clubhouse: “Motte just threw a pitch about a billion to punch a guy out.”


I can't say it any better than I said it 2 weeks ago. This kid has the makeup, stuff and command to be a dominant closer. He's your guy, he's been the guy from the beginning even if the coaches hadn't decided yet.

He's Chuck Norris.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby da bears » Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:53 pm

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/ind ... mons_peter
Down at the bottom Gammons says, "It appears manager Tony La Russa will open the season with Ryan Franklin at closer. And between Franklin and Josh Kinney, he'll use either Chris Perez or Jason Motte in a setup role, with the other youngster opening the season as the Triple-A closer."

Seems odd considering the two young arms in Motte/Perez. Motte has been great thus far not sure why he wouldn't name him as the man. I'm just bitter cause I sided with Perez going into my draft.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:39 pm

i don't think peter gammons is right about franklin. all signs point towards motte.
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