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Doughhead wrote:Any updates in this battle?
garf112 wrote:he may be more useful elsewhere, but what team actually employs the theory of having a "relief ace?" It is a great idea, but until I see it actually happen...
Ender wrote:I'd avoid Gregg, he was abused by the Angels and looks to be breaking down physically some. His K/9 is dropping, he dropped his change up last year and started throwing a lot more sliders which isn't a healthy thing to do at all.
I think Marmol is overrated but he is the better value out of these 2 even if he doesn't end up starting as the closer. Just be ready for an ERA over 3 from him.
Scooter1027 wrote:Agreed. I think Marmol is the better choice of the two, but I likely will end up with neither. Marmol's xFIP last year was 3.87, and I'm feeling that his '09 ERA will be closer to that than the 2.68 ERA he put up in '08. That freaky low .185 BABIP can't be sustained, and when you couple his high walk rate with a few more hits dropping in, both the WHIP and ERA will climb. I personally expect something along the lines of what PECOTA has him down for this year, which is a 3.40/1.25 line. Of course, there's nothing too terrible about that, still solid, especially when you consider the Ks he gets you too. But toss in the fact that he's no where near a lock to be the wire-to-wire closer for this team, and I just prefer to take some of the other options out there in his general draft tier (the more sure things like Fuentes, Wood, Cordero, etc).
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