Its a crapshoot really any one of these 3 could get the job at any moment, but if i had to pick one its Perez. Reason being if he pitches well he wins the job other 2 are dependent on another pitcher blowing the job. Btw i have all 3 of them and hoping for the same thing
Ray has been pretty terrible so far this year though. I know he was lights out in the spring, or I at least read that. But Sherrill reminds me of some guys we had here in Cleveland... Wickman... Borowski. Both held jobs for longer than they should have, because they got the job done somehow, most of the time.
I understand how O's fans feel watching him come into games, and totally get why he's talked about as a guy soon to lose his job.
But Perez is, IMO, the most likely to pick up some saves, and possibly take over the closers role. Corpas Closed when Fuentes went down in 2007, and was pretty damn good. I had him then, and last year, when he was terrible. I have him again in a couple of leagues this year, banking on Street losing his job as well. I'd have to rank them the same way. Perez/Corpas/Ray
ray is definately the most intriguing option out of the 3, IMO. ray did not give up a run in 7 spring innings. he struggled to start the season giving up 2 runs in each of his 1st 2 outings to the yanks. but over his past 2 outings he has pitching 2.1 IP with 5 K's against tampa and texas. remember a couple years ago he was lights out and saved 33 games. however perez is a close 2nd simply because he has outstanding strikeout potential. corpas is the last, IMO, because he does not strike batters out and he pitches in coors field. i know he was outstanding the year the rockies went to the world series but even if he hits those numbers again, perez and ray have potential to be better with higher strikeout numbers.
Maybe it is, but I'm not sure why Street's job as closer would be in danger. Street is 1 for 1 in save ops. Meanwhile, Corpas already blew a save. Sure Street has pitched poorly in non-save ops, but a lot of closers don't pitch as well in non-save ops. Also COL would kill Street's trade value if he isn't closing, so I'd think he get a lot of rope.
Motte has pitched 3 games in a row now where he hasn't given up any runs while in the game. The one run charged to him was when he was pulled in his second inning the other night for a lefty who failed to get the left-handed hitter out allowed an inherited runner to score. Motte also pitched in the 9th inning last night. Also the first inning he pitched tuesday and the inning he pitched last night were 1-2-3 innings. He' s probably unavailable to pitch today, but I think his next appearance could be a save op. Perez still walks a lot of batters so he's got his own issues.
Ray is the least likely to be closing soon, I'd say June at the earliest for him and then only if he starts pitching better. Keeping Sherrill in as closer will increase his trade value, so I can't see him loosing the job if the 's intend to trade him.
There's no guarantee Corpas, Perez or Ray closes anytime soon, but it's probably a toss up between Corpas and Perez if either of them gets a chance soon. It could easily be someone in Tampa first with Percival's health always shakey. Also there could be a change in DET before any of these 3 situations. I mean does anyone think Rodney won't fall off the wagon again?
i still like Ray overall for the year, hes got really good stuff... i say for RIGHT now tho it will be between Corpas and Perez, Perez was just recalled as STL finally figured out they screwed up and need help in the pen recalling Perez to battle for the closer job, and with the rotating door they have going on there if Perez steps up and closes out say 2 strong games he will secure it for a while... but then i found this very interesting updating on Corpas is that hes in a strong battle again with Street, yes Street is 1-1 save opp but that was his first sighting on the year, giving up 1 H and King 1 in 1 IP, there after he has blown up, 1.2 IP with 4 ER 1 BB 7 H and only 1 K, meanwhile Corpas hasn't been crystal but he also has out performed Street, 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 H, 3 K, and Hurdle has been quoted as saying he will 'reassess' the closer situation tomorrow (Friday) quoted by Tracy Ringolsby of insidetherockies.com:"I have a whole night and another day to figure things out," Hurdle said. "I am going to look at the tape, see the location of pitches, where we were setting up . . . You can do a lot of things when it's the best for the team." Closer Huston Street has gotten off to a bumpy start in Colorado, earning a 13.50 ERA and an OBA of .563 in four appearances. Corpas, on the other hand, has been solid in four of five relief appearances in 2009, and Hurdle has been known to swap closers at the first sign of trouble. Time to put Corpas back on your watchlist... i mean to me the best stats and stuff should close and IMO Corpas has the better of the 2... i rank them for NOW: Perez, Corpas, Ray, by the end of the season: Ray, Perez, Corpas