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ramble2 wrote:Projecting saves is tricky. Last year we had discussions about this in the off-season too. Bad teams can still be good sources of saves, for example. Last year a lot of us kept pushing F. Cordero as a good closer to target. The lesson? Target the closer, don't worry so much about the team he plays on.
Projecting 50 saves for any closer is nuts. It's only happened 10 times in MLB history. Granted, all 10 have occurred since 1990, but that doesn't justify projecting any one particular closer to reach 50 (though you might project that some closer will reach 50).
The point is that it's really not worth ranking one closer over another because you project them to 7 more saves. Closers of Lidge and Rivera's caliber are likely to end up with a similar number of saves. Rank them based on their other numbers. I like Lidge better, due to his Ks.
The odds of the AL MVP coming from the American League are looking pretty good.
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