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Postby The Indestructible » Sat May 15, 2004 12:20 pm

Kevin Gregg (Angels) has pitched 25.1 innings with 24 Ks, a win, a save, a 1.42 ERA, and a 0.95 WHIP.

John Riedling (Reds) has pitched 17 innings with 14 Ks, a win, a 0.53 ERA, and a 0.71 WHIP.

I'm always on the lookout for quality middle-relievers, and these guys caught my attention because, not only do they have some great numbers, but they also are eligible as SP-RP (for you Yahoo leaguers).

I'm wondering if anybody has any more information on either of them. Have you seen them pitch? How have they looked? Are these numbers just part of a flash-in-the-pan hot streak? Can they keep it up? How much should I temper my expectations? How do you project them out over a full season?

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Postby slomo007 » Sat May 15, 2004 12:25 pm

Coming from a Reds fan, Gregg is a better pickup than Riedling. Check out Riedling's past stats...they are not nearly as impressive as his current ones. Gregg is next in line for a rotation spot if someone should get injured/suck, so I would go with him.
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Postby KolbSaves » Sat May 15, 2004 12:31 pm

Gregg has looked great in the couple of times I've seen him against the Tigers. He got them out of a big jam.

As far as keeping it up all season, well just think of how many pitchers ended up with an era under 2 last year that pitched 80 innings: 4. And over 70 with under 2 era: 10.

At some point a lot of these current low era pitchers will have one or two blow ups, and their era will end up over 2, towards 3. (this means that their era with you will likely be over 3, depending how long you keep them) To me anyway, it's hard to see when these are coming and dangerous to pick them off the wire, since you know regression to the mean is likely to occur.

But I do anyway and I guess that's the "skill" of fantasy baseball. Catching trends and not flukes. I've already got burned by a couple.
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Postby Spokes » Sat May 15, 2004 12:39 pm

Also, Ryan Madson of the Phillies looks like a solid middle reliever. And with Billy Wagner now on the DL, looked for Madson to get an expanded role.
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Postby wkelly91 » Sat May 15, 2004 12:54 pm

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Postby jbones733 » Sat May 15, 2004 12:56 pm

Almanzar - tex
Takatsu - cws
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Postby jpbusta » Sat May 15, 2004 1:01 pm

K-rod, Lidge, BJ Ryan and OTSUKA! ;-D
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Postby slomo007 » Sat May 15, 2004 1:02 pm

jpbusta wrote:K-rod, Lidge, BJ Ryan and OTSUKA! ;-D


I like that list.

I'm keeping my eye on Otsuka, I think he's about one blown Koch save away from being the closer. Marte hasn't been impressive this year, and Otsuka has been great.
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Postby thetongueofire » Sat May 15, 2004 1:02 pm

a lil bit of a stretch but heres a couple of more guys-
Jamie Walker- Det
Scott Linebrink- SD.
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Postby jpbusta » Sat May 15, 2004 1:04 pm

slomo007 wrote:
jpbusta wrote:K-rod, Lidge, BJ Ryan and OTSUKA! ;-D


I like that list.

I'm keeping my eye on Otsuka, I think he's about one blown Koch save away from being the closer. Marte hasn't been impressive this year, and Otsuka has been great.


I think you got confused between otsuka and takatsu. Takatsu's the reliever from white sox and otsuka's the reliever from the Padres, but yea, actually I had my eye on Takatsu also. :-D
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