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Brandon League 2013 OutlookCan he hold onto 9th inning duties?


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#1 ChrisFarley

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

Brandon League signed a 3 year deal with the Dodgers and was immediately tabbed as their closer, despite the presence of Kenley Jensen the K artist.  The Dodgers have a great staff and lineup and the wins + save opportunities should be plentiful.

What kind of season do you expect/project from Brandon League?

#2 parrothead

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:21 PM

If I had to take one, I would probably go Jensen because of the upside.  One of the areas I look for in closers is K's.  All closers can have bad outings which will inflate ERA and even WHIP for a while sometimes a long while so I usually look to what kind of K numbers are they going to give me.  League is probably at or near the bottom in K per 9 of the potential 2013 closers.
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#3 ChrisFarley

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:53 AM

Ya, the Ks are low considering he has a great fastball/splitter combo, something that has made Putz extremely successful.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:42 PM

Bump!  Any new thoughts on League?  He's been named Dodgers closer...can he keep the job all season?
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:32 PM

View Postgbill2004, on 08 March 2013 - 03:42 PM, said:

Bump!  Any new thoughts on League?  He's been named Dodgers closer...can he keep the job all season?

I extremely doubt it. Jansen is just so much of a superior talent that the Dodgers would be foolish to stick with League too long if Kenley is healthy.
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:09 PM

I think they are playing it safe with Jansen's health by not putting him in many stressful situations. Jansen is so much better than League, so that is the only reason I can see them making this move.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:39 AM

Hasn't pitched all week... did i miss an injury?

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:55 AM

I don't think there has been a save opp. And yesterday they were probably saving him in case there was an eventual save opp. But instead Belasario lost the game.
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Posted 04 May 2013 - 11:45 AM

View Postmidlip, on 04 May 2013 - 10:39 AM, said:

Hasn't pitched all week... did i miss an injury?

He was actually warming up there in the top of the 9th alongside Belasario.  The announcer said that Belasario enters the game if it is still tied and if the Dodgers had taken the lead, then League would have been coming in.
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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:14 PM

Any other owners trying to dump this guy ASAP?  

8.9% K% is way down from his 17.5% career average ... SwStr % is way down from his career average (6.6% vs. 10.2%) and as a result batters are making contact at a ridiculous rate - 86.7% overall vs his 78.3% career average (93.9% in the zone vs. his 89.4% career average, 66.7% out of the zone vs. 53.4% career average).  For context, this Contact% is 6th-worst among RPs with >=10 IP, and his SwStr% ranks about 165th within the same pool.

The .237 BABIP has helped him (.284 career average BABIP) and fortunately he hasn't been walking guys (only 1 BB in 11 IP)...then again, of course you won't be walking guys when everyone is making contact.

As batters continue to make contact at a similar rate, you would expect that BABIP to rise and bad things to ensue.  Yes, it's been a small sample size, but owners are already worried about having Jensen in the wings.  

I'm targeting Niese/Bailey/Minor in an NL-only and hoping that their owners don't see the same stats.

Edited by inrihab, 04 May 2013 - 04:15 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:38 PM

finished! Another reminder to never pay for saves! ugghhh!,
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:43 PM

They didn't even trust him to get the final out. Jansen came in and threw 4 pitches for the save. League is toast.

Edited by Doctor L, 14 May 2013 - 11:44 PM.


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:32 AM

View PostMNDOGG, on 14 May 2013 - 11:38 PM, said:

finished! Another reminder to never pay for saves! ugghhh!,

he was just about the cheapest closer going in drafts due to everyone knowing he would lose the job eventually. Only MarmLol and Veras went after him of opening day closers.

I agree though; never pay for saves!
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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:39 PM

Nice little 2-run homer to Helton tonight that cost Kershaw the win.  He threw about six 94-mph fastballs in a row; seemed scared to throw anything else.

I don't own him, but it sure seems like he's a bad closer.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:40 PM

I don't even the guy and I hate him
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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:48 PM

He's going to end up being the nail in the coffin for mattingly
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