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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Doughhead » Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:57 pm

Marmol/Gregg decision coming next week.

The Padres managed just four hits against the Cubs. Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg, both of whom are competing for the Cubs closer job, followed Atkins. Marmol pitched two perfect innings. Gregg worked 1 1-3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out three. Piniella said he'll make a decision on the closer's job by the middle of next week.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... 6113.story
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby DaShiz23 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:33 pm

Doughhead wrote:Marmol/Gregg decision coming next week.

The Padres managed just four hits against the Cubs. Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg, both of whom are competing for the Cubs closer job, followed Atkins. Marmol pitched two perfect innings. Gregg worked 1 1-3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out three. Piniella said he'll make a decision on the closer's job by the middle of next week.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... 6113.story

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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Nerveclinic » Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:10 am

The St. Louis Post Dispatch is quoting the pitching coach for the Cards, Dave Duncan, as saying that Motte is the front runner for the job. He only mentions Motte and Perez and doesn't mention Franklin.

Perez encounters a speed bump at the same time many within camp project Jason Motte as the front-runner to open the season in the closer role.

Duncan confirmed Motte's standing Wednesday, saying, "Anyone who's been following what's been going on would notice that among those receiving consideration (to close), Motte has been the most impressive. There's a ways to go in camp. But that's where it stands for me."


The article is a pretty good overview of Perez's condition and the contest for the closer role.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/cardinals/story/AEFF986E7538E4B08625757E000A972B?OpenDocument
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby AllDay » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:25 am

I'm stunned. You mean 90 year old Peter Gammons doesn't know the closer situation in STL?

OMG. My fantasy season is ruined!
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Steve-o » Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:24 pm

News on the Brewer Closer backup situation. Considering the spring that Villanueva has had, I can't say I blame the brewers for looking at McClung

If closer Trevor Hoffman doesn't recover from his oblique strain -- a distinct possibility at this stage -- McClung also is a candidate to close games, according to Macha.


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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby theplayer11 » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:05 pm

any update on seattle's closer? A grabbed Lowe late, but have 1st waiver priority.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Geek » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:31 pm

March 21, 2009 - 7:45 p.m.
Jason Motte pitched a perfect ninth Saturday for his fourth save of the spring.
Fantasy spin: Motte protected a one-run lead in a 12-11 game. It looks like the Cardinals are auditioning him for the closer's role by using him at the end of games, and he hasn't had a misstep yet. He has a 13/1 K/BB ratio to go along with his 1.08 ERA in 8 1/3 innings.


http://fantasysource.sportingnews.com/baseball/players/8369/index.html

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I'm still seeing Perez and Huston Street getting taken ahead of him. He makes a very nice 16-18 round pickup.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Zhangman1 » Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:36 pm

If Motte doesn't get the job, does he stay w/ the team as the set-up guy? or is he going back to the minors?
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Slayer Rules » Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:20 pm

Geek wrote:
March 21, 2009 - 7:45 p.m.
.....It looks like the Cardinals are auditioning him for the closer's role by using him at the end of games....




Imagine that - what a brilliant idea
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby AussieDodger » Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:40 pm

Steve-o wrote:News on the Brewer Closer backup situation. Considering the spring that Villanueva has had, I can't say I blame the brewers for looking at McClung

If closer Trevor Hoffman doesn't recover from his oblique strain -- a distinct possibility at this stage -- McClung also is a candidate to close games, according to Macha.


Link to Milw Journal Sentinel article.



I wouldn't believe that for a second, as McClung has actually been worse the Villanueva.

Villanueva: 8.1 IP, 3HR, 3BB, 7K
McGarbage: 9 IP, 3HR, 6BB, 3K

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