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Ryan Cook 2013 Outlook


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#1 DH61092

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:43 PM

how long can they go without making him the closer? he's the best option over balfour and i can't see cook going the whole season without becoming the closer at some point. hopefully it's soon though. in a 12 team league where most people have 2 or 3 closers, i only drafted greg holland. i picked up cook late in the draft so hopefully that strategy works out. i never draft closers high and usually don't draft more than one. hopefully cook is a sneaky pick for players like me. i say by the end of may he'll be closing. balfour just isn't closer material in my eyes.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:47 PM

Why is cook better than Balfour?

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:51 PM

I just added Cook about 5 minutes ago to help with my K's at the reliever position. The K potential is huge adding Houston to the division. Balfour always seemed like a bit of a nut job who could lose his confidence at the snap of a finger.

Whether or not he's "better" than Balfour remains to be seen.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:52 PM

don't get me wrong, i've liked balfour since his days with the twins. i just like cook as the closer. and as good as cook is, if balfour struggles a little, cook is going to be right there dominating as usual.
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1B- billy butler (kc)
2B- jose altuve (hou)
3B- anthony rendon (wsh)
SS- starlin castro (chc)
OF- matt kemp* (lad)
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OF- marcell ozuna (mia)
UT- starling marte (pit)
UT- dilson herrera (nym)



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:27 PM

Balfour has been an above average reliever for like a decade. Cook was an above average reliever for like 5 weeks, before imploding. Balfour should never have really lost the job to begin with.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:12 PM

"Closer material" to me is anybody who isn't good enough to start. Relievers were born to break our hearts. Balfour's not that bad. Don't forget about Sean Doolittle. A's have a few guys who can get outs. In a 12 team league you probably need to make an effort to carry 2 closers otherwise why bother? If the league is counting SVHDs or SVs and Holds then throw together your bullpen however you please. There's actually some value to at least 6-10 setup men every year. Cook isn't a bad late game strategy if you missed out on "closers", but it's not a lock that he takes back over the role if Balfour gets hurt or stinks as the A's would still have to value Cook over Doolittle.

Edited by rdj3video, 26 March 2013 - 04:14 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:52 PM

I remember all the "Ball-four" jokes last year when dude was terrible

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:15 PM

I wouldn't worry about your closer situation , every year closers lose their job and another guy takes over , just keep up with the news. I just picked up Mitchell Boggs from ST Louis , even if its only for a few weeks , I'll take it , maybe someone else will be available by the time Mott is ready.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:41 PM

I wouldn't worry about your closer situation , every year closers lose their job and another guy takes over , just keep up with the news. I just picked up Mitchell Boggs from ST Louis , even if its only for a few weeks , I'll take it , maybe someone else will be available by the time Mott is ready.


that's my thinking exactly. i usually just get one closer because they always turn up during the season, and it seems to work for me. i also drafted sergio santos, but dropped him to get teheran after janssen came back. i may trade teheran while he's hot for a closer. but yeah, i'm not worried. the league counts holds too, so even if don't win saves that much, i'll be dominating holds. lol

Edited by DH61092, 26 March 2013 - 06:44 PM.

C-   brian mccann (nyy)
1B- billy butler (kc)
2B- jose altuve (hou)
3B- anthony rendon (wsh)
SS- starlin castro (chc)
OF- matt kemp* (lad)
OF- ben revere (phi)
OF- marcell ozuna (mia)
UT- starling marte (pit)
UT- dilson herrera (nym)



B-  mike napoli (bos)
SP- felix hernandez* (sea), madison bumgarner* (sf), johnny cueto (cin)
SP- scott kazmir (oak), kyle lohse (mil), gio gonzalez (wsh), marcus stroman (tor)
RP- latroy hawkins (col), joe smith (laa), jake mcgee (tb), santiago casilla (sf), sean doolittle (oak), aaron sanchez (tor)
DL- manny machado (bal), daniel murphy (nym)

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:30 PM

"Closer material" to me is anybody who isn't good enough to start. Relievers were born to break our hearts. Balfour's not that bad. Don't forget about Sean Doolittle. A's have a few guys who can get outs. In a 12 team league you probably need to make an effort to carry 2 closers otherwise why bother? If the league is counting SVHDs or SVs and Holds then throw together your bullpen however you please. There's actually some value to at least 6-10 setup men every year. Cook isn't a bad late game strategy if you missed out on "closers", but it's not a lock that he takes back over the role if Balfour gets hurt or stinks as the A's would still have to value Cook over Doolittle.


Correct. Doolittle is better than both of them.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:31 PM

I wouldn't worry about your closer situation , every year closers lose their job and another guy takes over , just keep up with the news. I just picked up Mitchell Boggs from ST Louis , even if its only for a few weeks , I'll take it , maybe someone else will be available by the time Mott is ready.


All depends on you league and roster size. In a couple of my leagues 15 to 20 of the to setup guys are already owned. Boggs was one of the few that wasn't.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:04 PM

how long can they go without making him the closer? he's the best option over balfour and i can't see cook going the whole season without becoming the closer at some point. hopefully it's soon though. in a 12 team league where most people have 2 or 3 closers, i only drafted greg holland. i picked up cook late in the draft so hopefully that strategy works out. i never draft closers high and usually don't draft more than one. hopefully cook is a sneaky pick for players like me. i say by the end of may he'll be closing. balfour just isn't closer material in my eyes.


As someone already mentioned...Cook being the best option behind Balfour is debatable. Sean Doolittle was pretty darn good last year and if he keeps going this year, I think he has a good chance at passing Cook. I owned Cook last year and was a big fan, but the blow ups killed him, If Cook can continue to improve on his walk rate, it should be no contest. He strikes out over a batter an inning and has an average ground ball rate.

But Balfour has a decent sized leash. I believe that you won't see Cook or Doolittle closing until the A's fall out of the race (if they do) and trade Balfour.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:51 PM

ryan cook has to be considered a good holds guys.