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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby DaShiz23 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:16 am

GiantsFan14 wrote:erase any worries about brian wilson imo. just watched him throw a nice inning in tonights exhibition game. had good zip on his fastball and slider and was throwing both along with his change up for strikes. struck out 1 and walked 1 in his 1 inning, the walk was promptly caught stealing. he seems fine and i fully expect he'll be available to pitch opening night.

Thank you. I picked up Affeldt with my 'free' roster spot opened by Baker's DL trip, just for precautionary reasons. I may stick with him for another day or two, until something pops up.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby neoforce » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:38 am

kweiss wrote:Rotoworld.com projects Carlos Villanueva as the Brewers opening day closer.

Villanueva didn't impress new manager Ken Macha at all during the first half of the spring, but he regained his stuff as March progressed and it looks like he's secured the closer's role for the duration of Trevor Hoffman's absence. McClung is next in line.


http://rotoworld.com/content/features/c ... 32433&pg=3

So is this official?


There is no such thing as official when it comes to closers. Things are fluid, managers are fickle.

But yes, for now it seems clear that Villanueva is the closer until Hoffman returns or his manager decides otherwise.

By the way, that is what the first page of this thread shows, and what earlier speculation in this thread discussed in detail. Even when Villanueva had stunk up some Spring Training appearances, even before Hoffman was injured, there were many here saying it would be Villanueva behind Hoffman.

Based on that, in a deep NL only auction, I picked up Vill for $2 since I figured Hoffman couldn't last forever.

Gotta love this thread. Not always right, but usually way ahead of the curve.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby MotorCityKitties » Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:40 am

I was targeting Villanueva in holds leagues due to his second half last season, when he was moved to the bullpen.

Here are his post ASB numbers:

32.1 IP, 33K, 1.95 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .216 BAA

His spring hasn't been great, but he thrived last season in the bullpen.

This thread is way ahead of the curve. I recently traded 2 marginal closers for King Felix because I have total confidence that this thread can help me snag closers all season long.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Cyclone177 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:39 pm

Am I crazy for wanting BJ Ryan off the ww as my 3rd closer along with Qualls and Motte?
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby AussieDodger » Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:41 pm

Cyclone177 wrote:Am I crazy for wanting BJ Ryan off the ww as my 3rd closer along with Qualls and Motte?


Go for it
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Cyclone177 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:00 pm

Yep, I am going for it, soon as Escobar hits that DL tomorow. I like him over Ziegler, Sherrill, and Ray.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Neato Torpedo » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:17 pm

Cyclone177 wrote:Yep, I am going for it, soon as Escobar hits that DL tomorow. I like him over Ziegler, Sherrill, and Ray.

Ziegler and Sherrill yes, Ray....maybe. But maybe that's just me having drafted Ryan as my #1 closer in '07. :-/ I'm a Ray fan and I think he has a good shot to put up 65 IP, 30+ SV, 3.50 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 55 K or so.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby T-Bone Costanza » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:43 pm

It's looking more and more like Downs isn't our guy. Is it back to the wire time for him yet, the last two Ryan mentions on this thread seem to be trending it that way.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Magnus_CA » Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:43 pm

T-Bone Costanza wrote:It's looking more and more like Downs isn't our guy. Is it back to the wire time for him yet, the last two Ryan mentions on this thread seem to be trending it that way.


With so much time left in the season :-D I think that spot Downs is occupying is better served by a SP or Offensive player with upside (at least that's what I told myself before I dropped him).
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby rotoquest » Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:48 pm

In a 5 - 5 tie today going into the 8th inning in the colorado vs. seattle game, morrow came in and pitched a scoreless eighth inning with 2 strikeouts. However, White pitched the 9th. Should we read anything into that about the closer situation in seattle? Is morrow just not ready yet mentally?
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