Hoffman. Looks great coming off the DL. Spotless thus far. He'll get tagged, being away from Petco. I think he's completely solid though, and the Brew Crew finds themselves in plenty of save situations.
Downs. He's looking fantastic since taking over for BJ Ryan (and even before then). I don't think Ryan gets his job back for a good while, though it could eventually happen. Downs doesn't have stellar stuff, but he's been quite effective.
Franklin. Solid so far. One can't complain . . .yet. One must only know that Franklin got edged by Motte at the beginning of the year. There's a reason for that. We'll soon learn it.
Ziegler. I just don't really trust sidearm pitchers. Plus, he just switched to sidearm. I can see him getting flustered easier like this. He's the one I know least about though.
Franklin's getting a lot of oppurtunities at the moment but his stuff isn't the best and he's bound to get hit eventually throwing all of those strikes. Downs has been great thus far and he was a solid set-up guy last year but only Cito Gaston knows how long he remains the closer. Hoffman's not going to do anything but close but his health is a liability at this point and his performance could become another problem with his advancing age. Ziegler seems like a safe bet until you consider how often Oakland rotates their bullpen and that Andrew Bailey, a K machine, has been lights out this year.
You're looking at a similar issue across the board with these guys. My advice is to research their job situations and go with whoever you're most confident in. Today, I'd take Downs, Franklin, Hoffman and then Ziegler but the 1st three are almost interchangeable. At least they all play for decent teams.
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I really like Downs first, followed by Hoffman, Franklin, Ziegler. Downs has very quietly dominated the last few years even, and in the AL East no less. Eventually the Jays come down to Earth, and they will play a lot of close games. I give him the nod over Hoffman, just because seeing Hoffman pitch last year worried me a little bit. Hoffman is still a very good option though, I just like Downs better.
Franklin just plays on a stronger team than Ziegler, one that will win more, which is why he gets the nod in the 3 hole.
Hoffman...good job security, stud. Ziegler...solid but pitches to contact, more of a GB than K pitcher, solid set of guys behind him if he falters. Franklin...I like him more than most and believe he keeps the job longer than most think. Solid guy with experience who TLR trusts. Motte and Perez are not ready, STL is winning with Franklin as the stopper, there is no reason for them to mess with that. Downs...he's been great I know but I worry what happens when Ryan comes back.
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