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ESPN Insider wrote: Apr. 21 - The Mets have made overtures to the Pirates about obtaining left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez, the New York Daily News reports. Gonzalez, who has the ability to eventually close, pitched in 47 games last season and had a 1.25 ERA.
The Mets also are believed to have interest in John Grabow, another Pittsburgh southpaw.
Cooner wrote:warrick95 wrote:This is kind of consistent with how relievers were used in yesteryear. They were put into the game at the BEST time that the manager saw fit. For example, if 3-4-5 was due up in the 8th, the manager wouldn't hesitate to put his best reliever in, because 3-4-5 in the 8th will be harder than 6-7-8 in the 9th.
Huh, I didn't know that. You learn something every day around here
bolkonsky wrote:Some of us at the cafe won't like the simplicity of this reason, but here goes:
He is a lefty.
Go do some research before you flame away and you will find the number of successful closers in the history of baseball is closer to 0 than it is to 20.
bolkonsky wrote:First of all, I wasn't flaming anyone.
Second, the list you have presented is not very impressive...especially when compared with the list of closers who are righties.
Perhaps I overstated the point, as there are some notable lefty closers (Franco, Myers), but the fact remains that lefties, for whatever reason, are not regularly made closers in MLB. Accordingly, to hold on to left handed relievers in fantasy play, holding out hope against hope that they will be made the closer is, in my view, a poor percentage play. If you want to be the guy that allows M. Gonz, D. Marte and the like eat up roster spots, be my guest.
SouthBronxBombers wrote:I'm not sure how you can say Ryan is reliable. There is just not enough time in for that yet.
And he is right. Managers are loathe to use lefties to close. The majority of hitters are right handed and they have a better chance to hit lefties. They just can pick up the ball better. There have been a handful of lefty closers, but they are the exceptions to the rule.
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