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johnpatterson17 wrote:I admit I was even wondering why the Dodgers were paying "set-up" money t o Matt Herges this year. Once I saw how Eric Gagne was throwing better than anybody this Spring (and blowing 97 on the gun) I realized why the Dodgers could bounce Herges off the team.
One reason, they picked up Quantrill. Paul is better than Matt. Period. Two...the Dodgers want more Righty/Lefty balance in their starting rotation. For this reason, Odalis Perez will be given the 5th starter role. Herges had his heart set on closing in LA. Realisticly, he blew too many leads last year. He'd come in with a one-to two run lead and up as many runs only to watch LA put up another score and put him in position to get a "W".
Eric Gagne will be the closer for the Dodgers. I wish Jim Tracy would stop being such a wimp about it. If you are going to say all along that Gagne is in "a battle" for the fifth spot, how many fewer runs than ZERO does he need to allow to earn the spot? On the same token, Tracy needs to stop being so misleading to his team and announce Gagne as the closer, Quantrill as the prime set-up man and please lose this whole "committee" nonsense. By doing all this, Tracy is losing respect with the people that first gave it to him.
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