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Postby kdawg » Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:27 am

Which of the following setup men have the greatest potential to become their teams closer:

Cubs (Borowski): Farnsworth or Hawkins
Expos (Biddle): Ayala or Cordero
Reds (Graves): Wagner
Diamondbacks (Mantei): Valverde
Angels (Pervical): F.Rodriguez
Orioles (Julio): DeJean
Whitesox (Koch): Marte
Indians (Riske): Jimenez
Royals (McDougal): Leskanic
Twins (Nathan): Romero, Balfour or Crain
Blue Jays (Lopez): Speier or Ligtenberg

Personally, I think before the All-Star break the following will be closers:

Farnsworth for the Cubs
Wagner for Reds
Valverde for Diamondback
Jimenez for Indians
Marte for Whitesox
Leskanic for Royals

I also read on some website at Balfour could be the closer for the Twins, especially considering the spring training he has had.

Any comments?
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Postby Baseballer02 » Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:43 am

Valverde and Leskanic are both closing for their teams to begin the season.
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Postby KolbSaves » Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:58 am

Valverde due to fingernail injury of Mantei though, important to point that out, he'll get the job back when he's healthy
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Postby GarnerPhils » Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:05 am

I'm a bit surprised no one's mentioning the Colorado or Milwaukee jobs. Chacon and Kolb are no sure things. I'm watching Fuentes and Lopez in Colorado and Vizcaino in Milwaukee.

I don't see Farnsworth getting the job in Chicago. Hawkins looks like a sure thing right now if Borowski needs to be replaced. Mantei is all but gone if Valverde can get the job done, and I think Graves will be better than most believe. Don't forget about Looper in NY. Watch for Weathers or the Ringg kid in the minors they got from the Pale Hose. ;-D

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Postby beefcurtain » Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:14 pm

No way Farnsworth is closing for the Cubs this season. He has the stuff but he's a head case. If anyone takes Borowski's position it will be Hawkins. The Cubs love having Farnsworth as a 7th or 8th inning guy.
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Postby stumpak » Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:23 pm

It would be Donnelly, not FRod for the Angels.

Jose Jimenez will likely never close again. Riske would have to blow like 15 saves in a row for that to happen, and Wickman would be next in line when he returns in June.

Herges is also a sure bet for obvious reasons (Nen starting out the season on the DL).

Other guys likely to falter are Hoffman (still may have a 50% tear Jorge Julio, who is simply not a very good pitcher and will have to deal with DeJean behind him, and Graves.
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Postby jdh » Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:43 pm

Donnelly is out for the first 2 months of the season with nose surgery, so it would obviously be K-Rod taking that job.

A couple situations that I think will result in likely closer switches:

1. Arizona: Mantei starts the season on the DL and as long as Valverde doesnt totally tank in his abscence, they'll trade Mantei to a team in need of a closer
2. San Francisco: Herges starts the year as closer, but I think he will quickly lose the job, considering he couldn't even hold off Rod Beck last year. Felix Rodriguez will be the Giants closer by mid-May
3. Toronto: I think Lightenberg is the most likely of the 3 closer by committee members to emerge as the full time closer. He has been a very solid pitcher his whole career, never posting over a 4.00 ERA
4. Tampa Bay: Baez is very inconsistent, and I think they will be flip flopping between him and Carter all year long
5. Minnesota: Nathan is a flyball pitcher and in the Metrodome its a recipe for disaster. I expect him to tank and the Twins will be forced to trade for Mantei or another closer by the all star break
6. Mets: Looper has never been able to hold onto a closers job for a whole season and he certainly doesn't have what it takes to close in NY. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Mets trade for Mantei either
7. Montreal: Biddle is probably the shakiest closer in the league and could easily lose his job to Chad Cordero by June.
8. KC: MacDougal is starting the year on the DL and Leskanic might take the job and never look back.
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Postby Leiter Fan » Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:57 pm

jdh wrote:Donnelly is out for the first 2 months of the season with nose surgery, so it would obviously be K-Rod taking that job.


Is that the offical word now? Last I heard was a couple of weeks - but then again, he was predicted to be back on the field two surgeries ago, and right now he's heavily sedated.

I just dropped Donnelly in one of my holds leagues for Chad Bradford, figuring that even if Donnelly has a quick recovery, he could take a long while to be comfortable on the mound (and I really don't think he's going to recover soon in the first place). Plus, I figured that during the time it would take for Donnelly to be officially disabled, Bradford is sure to disappear.
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Postby jdh » Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:59 pm

Yeah I read today he is out 6-8 weeks and probably wont be back until June because he has had 3 nose surgeries
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Postby Leiter Fan » Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:01 pm

jdh wrote:Yeah I read today he is out 6-8 weeks and probably wont be back until June because he has had 3 nose surgeries


Plus he lost half the blood in his body - gotta figure that will take something out of a guy.
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