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My moneys on Swarzak and Festa in the Seattle pen, in that order. I think Swarzak will get the chance to run with it, but Festa looked good today and put up some pretty dang good numbers in the minors. 

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Swarzak looks to me to be the smart bet---he was close to 50/50 to win the job outright if he had been healthy, and with Strickland out he's the only guy with any experience or success in their major league track record.

Festa's minor league track record is thin, but very impressive.  He looks like a 8th inning guy this year to me, and if Swarzak gets hurt or stinks (quite possible) I'd have a chip or two on him

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18 minutes ago, Whizzinator said:

Swarzak looks to me to be the smart bet---he was close to 50/50 to win the job outright if he had been healthy, and with Strickland out he's the only guy with any experience or success in their major league track record.

Festa's minor league track record is thin, but very impressive.  He looks like a 8th inning guy this year to me, and if Swarzak gets hurt or stinks (quite possible) I'd have a chip or two on him

Swarzak pitched in spring training and was close to winning the job or has he been injured throughout spring training?

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23 hours ago, Monkeyman74 said:

Romo is waiver bait, even if he got chances he would make my ratios look like the national debt!

 

Over/Under on April 15 for 2 Cody Allen implosions and this thread is nothing but Butt talk?


I have the same feeling about Romo but his career numbers are pretty solid - even last year in Tampa in the AL East was acceptable.  His WHIP has always been hovering around 1.00 (career 1.01) or lower although it did jump up a bit last year (1.26).   However, hIs k/ip and k/bb ratio were still very good so I am not sure about him beyond that.  Maybe deeper analysis suggests he was lucky.      He blew one up already this year so perhaps he is what we feel but curious what others might say too when looking at those numbers... 

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26 minutes ago, pbjfb said:

Swarzak pitched in spring training and was close to winning the job or has he been injured throughout spring training?

 

He was injured throughout spring training. 

 

He has been throwing with one of their minor league teams in Arizona for the last week and a half or so, but that’s been it. 

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Finally my dude Brasier gets into a game.  Man does he have one heck of a live arm.  Just saying as a totally disinterested and neutral person (cough).   😉

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9 minutes ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

Finally my dude Brasier gets into a game.  Man does he have one heck of a live arm.  Just saying as a totally disinterested and neutral person (cough).   😉

I have pretty much all the fringe committee relievers and setup guys: Romo, brasier, Kennedy, Rogers, Reyes and I was ready to drop brasier but I'm holding on to him just because of you

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2 minutes ago, pbjfb said:

I have pretty much all the fringe committee relievers and setup guys: Romo, brasier, Kennedy, Rogers, Reyes and I was ready to drop brasier but I'm holding on to him just because of you

Wise you are, sir.  😎

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15 hours ago, knuckleheads said:


I have the same feeling about Romo but his career numbers are pretty solid - even last year in Tampa in the AL East was acceptable.  His WHIP has always been hovering around 1.00 (career 1.01) or lower although it did jump up a bit last year (1.26).   However, hIs k/ip and k/bb ratio were still very good so I am not sure about him beyond that.  Maybe deeper analysis suggests he was lucky.      He blew one up already this year so perhaps he is what we feel but curious what others might say too when looking at those numbers... 

 

As a lifelong Giants fan I've watched Romo pitch more times than I can recall.  Dude is a 2 pitch guy: fastball and slider.  Slider is filthy but he has to locate it.  When he doesn't it hangs out over the plate like a sweet, sweet offering to the home run gods.  I don't know how he's progressed since leaving SF but he was losing a bit as the years went on from the 2011/2012 years when he was one of the best mid-RPs in the game.  IMO if you passed on saves in the draft or are looking for deeper options, the opportunities should be there for him.

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2 hours ago, En Votto Veritas said:

 

As a lifelong Giants fan I've watched Romo pitch more times than I can recall.  Dude is a 2 pitch guy: fastball and slider.  Slider is filthy but he has to locate it.  When he doesn't it hangs out over the plate like a sweet, sweet offering to the home run gods.  I don't know how he's progressed since leaving SF but he was losing a bit as the years went on from the 2011/2012 years when he was one of the best mid-RPs in the game.  IMO if you passed on saves in the draft or are looking for deeper options, the opportunities should be there for him.

 

I mean at the end of the day I think mattingly values experience and the front office values name recognition to build trade value. Plus I think steckenrider is average at best and Conley is a talented loogy. Thus, Most of the intangibles point to romo imo. I was on the ledge when he blew up but yesterday was more what I expected.

 

it will be very telling what happens tomorrow and the next day when all 3 relievers are available. 

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Is there anything to see with Chapman's velocity drop? I had heard he was at 95mph with his 4-seam. Knee issues? Or...?

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42 minutes ago, nlm said:

Is there anything to see with Chapman's velocity drop? I had heard he was at 95mph with his 4-seam. Knee issues? Or...?

They interviewed the pitching coach yesterday and he said he’s 100% healthy.  He said he’s not concerned and that he’ll be back up where he was in a couple of weeks.

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2 hours ago, cyberer said:

 

I mean at the end of the day I think mattingly values experience and the front office values name recognition to build trade value. Plus I think steckenrider is average at best and Conley is a talented loogy. Thus, Most of the intangibles point to romo imo. I was on the ledge when he blew up but yesterday was more what I expected.

 

it will be very telling what happens tomorrow and the next day when all 3 relievers are available. 

 

I think Romo is their most trusted guy and will get the toughest assignment.  If that happens to be in the 9th so be it. 

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Romo is a ROOGY. He has extreme risk if there are a couple lefties due up in the ninth. I don't think he can get through those situations consistently enough to be a full-time closer. 

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Cards used Gant for the save when Reyes was available. I guess they're still taking it easy on him. Next day opp should go to Miller or Reyes since Hicks went 2 ip today

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On 3/30/2019 at 1:41 PM, AnonymousRob said:

Looking like Parker and Rogers will be splitting the ninth in a platoon situation until one of them starts melting down. At least that's the best I can make of this situation.

any chance rogers runs away with it in Minn?  or will they keep him as a specialist?

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5 minutes ago, herschel said:

any chance rogers runs away with it in Minn?  or will they keep him as a specialist?

There's always a chance. But imo if he's going to take the job for himself he needs to to keep performing at a high level AND Parker needs to falter a couple times. I'm definitely hanging on if I can afford to, but I don't think this is a must keep player. But that's league dependent.

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1 minute ago, AnonymousRob said:

There's always a chance. But imo if he's going to take the job for himself he needs to to keep performing at a high level AND Parker needs to falter a couple times. I'm definitely hanging on if I can afford to, but I don't think this is a must keep player. But that's league dependent.

What about May? Is he in the mix at all? 

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9 minutes ago, Minnesota_Jack said:

What about May? Is he in the mix at all? 

Doesn't look like it. Will hold till the end of the week but pitching the 7th inning is not what I signed up for.  

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AJ Minter is about to activated on Thursday.

Any chance he becomes the closer?

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why the f--- is alvarado warming up right now when the rays have a 6-1 lead

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12 minutes ago, clarkevii said:

AJ Minter is about to activated on Thursday.

Any chance he becomes the closer?

 

 

Not until Viz has two blown saves.

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16 minutes ago, clarkevii said:

AJ Minter is about to activated on Thursday.

Any chance he becomes the closer?

2 minutes ago, The_Real_Deal said:

Not until Viz has two blown saves.

 

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