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Postby Bloody Nipples » Wed Mar 24, 2004 2:14 am

My feeling is that he will get a ton of saves on a really good team with a great staff. What do you think?
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Postby d18Mike » Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:58 am

Not sure. Too many closers-in-waiting on that team. Once JoBo has a poor stretch I wouldn't be surpised to see them give Hawkins or Farnsworth a shot at the job. For some reason I ended up with 5 closers. He was the first one I traded. I've been wrong before. :-]
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:17 am

i think jobo's job is safe for this year anyway. if you look at his numbers he has had not one but two straight good years. in fact, his numbers over the past two (excluding saves) closely resemble those of another nl central closer ... jason isringhausen. dont fear the farns. he may have the arm for the job but has yet to develop the mentality for the job (despite his tackling of that cincy pitcher). hawkins is an option but i think it will take more than a bad stretch to permanently unseat jobo from the closers role. i think jobo is a good value pick. he will go several rounds lower than izzy but i think in the end the numbers will be similar.
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Postby jonnyblack » Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:09 am

I agree with JD Mc. Borowski is in no danger of losing his job anytime soon. I live in the area, and Dusty and everyone else is calling him "The Closer." He has thrown well this spring:

5 IP, 5k, 1 Earned Run, 1.20 WHIP

and the last two years.
2002 - 95.2 IP, 97k, 2.73 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
2003 - 68.1 IP, 66k, 2.63 ERA, 1.05 WHIP (33 Saves)

Nothing in this recent trend shows me (or Dusty, for that matter) the Borowski shouldn't be the closer. Hawkin's numbers are similar, if not a little better in the last two years, but those last two years were as a set-up man for one of the games best closers.

Let's look at the last time Hawkins was a closer, in 2001.

51.1 IP, 36 K, 5.96 ERA, 1.91 WHIP (28 Saves)

Farnsworth put up some nice numbers last year, specifically in k's (92 in 76.1 IP), but his history suggests that he is not closer material, at least not this year.

By, far, Borowski is the toughest out of the three of these guys (toughest in closer terms). He has the mentality of a well-travelled journeyman who finally got a break (Eric Gagne, similar story, obviously two different pitchers). Dusty has faith in him. He would have to go in a serious long slump to lose the job in Chicago.
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Postby ferris182 » Wed Mar 24, 2004 1:13 pm

If you have JoBo, pick up Hawkins for insurance.

You will have your bases covered....
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