I also think that the Wins column balances out over an entire season. Last year, Koch numbers were as lucky as they were staggeringly productive. I had to win the Wins column to close it out and clinch my league last year. I ended up with eleven more wins than the other guy. Koch had ten of those wins. Lucky? Yes. Productive? Yes. I'll take those wins, cheesey or not.
I don't think we need to worry about foulke, for it is koch that is really causing some people some worries. Word around here is that Damaso Marte is the closer, while koch "figures things out." Jerry Manuel gave Foulke some time to "figure things out" last year, and he didn't get another save until this year, for a new team. I think Foulke is more solid than koch. The A's have strong history of dominant and successful closers, i.e. they are well coached (Eck, IZZY etc.). And they have the kind of electric offense that can win games late, early, or anytime. That means lots of save opps, "lucky" situations, and much needed experience in preparation for a stretch run and beyond. This makes foulke more than just a top ten closer.
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