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May 7, 2012 8:30 am
Handicapping a very up-in-the-air ninth inning.
Well that was quick. Barely a week after he was given the closer’s role in Anaheim, Scott Downs appears to be DL-bound after injuring his leg Sunday while avoiding a comebacker, leaving fantasy players scrambling to find his replacement. Who that replacement will be, however, is currently up in the air. Of course, that won’t stop us from speculating. Today, I’ll try my hand at handicapping the situation.
The Yahoo! Friends & Family experts league is always an interesting barometer for this sort of thing. It’s a daily transaction league, and any time a ninth-inning changing of the guard may be taking place, owners race to the waiver wire to pick up anyone with a chance for saves. By yesterday evening, five Angel relievers had been picked up (if they weren’t already owned) in Yahoo! F&F: Downs, Jordan Walden, LaTroy Hawkins, Ernesto Frieri, and Jason Isringhausen. Let’s take a look at the chance each has of saving games for the foreseeable future.
Tying up the loose ends from Dallas, as the Brewers bring in Alex Gonzalez to replace Yuniesky Betancourt, the Angels sign LaTroy Hawkins, the Orioles trade for Dana Eveland, and the Rockies and Cubs swap flawed former prospects.
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April 28, 2005 12:00 am
LaTroy Hawkins has blown two saves this year and has a reputation of cracking in high-leverage situations. But is there any evidence in his performance to suggest he can't be a closer? James Click takes a look.
LaTroy Hawkins has no stomach. At least that's how
things sound in Chicago right now as Cubs fans and media lament the
failure of Hawkins to succeed when donned with the "closer" label.
Taking things at face value, it sounds like Hawkins' esophagus runs
directly to his small intestine, a genetic trick leaving him without
ability to finish games he enters when his team is up by three or fewer
runs, when the tying run is on deck, or if those three innings happen
be the last three innings of the game. Otherwise, he's great.
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