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Posted by SHOE at 7/26/2007 10:18:00 AM
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Maybe Carmona's implosion last year as a closer turned out to be the best thing for the Indians. Had he been so-so, they might have tried to force the issue into this season. Now they have what looks to be a second ace in the rotation, and went out to get a capable, affordable closer (admittedly not a flashy one) no one else really wanted, who's now saved 29 games while only blowing three.


Carmona's fantastic with that hard nasty sinker - kind of a Chien Ming Wang 2.0. But Borowski could be a liability in the playoffs against some of the better lineups.
Posted by cliss at 7/26/2007 4:53:00 PM
wow chris and I agree on something besides Ainge doesn't deserve employment, Carmona is a good pitcher, not a top ace. I wouldn't trust Borowski in the playoffs, but he has been a reward for fantasy owners as far as saves, wouldn't trust him in high pressure situations in the playoffs, his peripheral numbers in the NL last year weren't great considering you pitch to a pinch hitter every once in awhile for saves, something you don't find in the AL
Posted by kevinccp at 7/26/2007 5:40:00 PM
I don't think Carmona's success has been that good of thing for the Indians. If he had been decent as closer, then Jeremy Guthrie would have likely gone into the season as their 6th starter.

Maybe Guthrie doesn't become Jim Palmer Jr pitching for the Indians. And maybe he does. All I know is that as an O's fan, I'm glad Carmona didn't work in the closer role last year.
Posted by iceguy at 7/28/2007 8:16:00 AM
I think that the Indians are fooling themselves that they're going to be ok with Borowski as their top reliever. The same goes for the Tigers with Todd Jones, although they at least have Zumaya coming back. Sure, Borowski has the saves, but he hasn't necessarily been all that effective.
Posted by Erickson at 7/30/2007 11:22:00 PM

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