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this is a discussion within the NOLA Community Forum; Originally Posted by papz Haha... Kolb's ERA is under 6 now! Next thing you know it will be under 5! :P Next thing I know, we won't need him as Smoltzy will become the closer late in the season once ...

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Old 07-13-2005, 04:35 PM   #71
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Originally Posted by papz
Haha... Kolb's ERA is under 6 now! Next thing you know it will be under 5! :P
Next thing I know, we won't need him as Smoltzy will become the closer late in the season once the rotation is healthy, and we will have Huddy, Hampton, Thomson, Davies, and Ramirez as starters.
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Old 07-13-2005, 06:09 PM   #72
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LOL! You're such a smartass in the best way possible sw! I love you!

That's a pretty good idea moving Smoltzy into the bullpen for the post-season too. I wouldn't oppose to that although Smoltzy wanted get back into the starting rotation so he could make more of a difference in the playoffs. Holy crap I just realized you got me saying Smoltzy! 8) I guess it's a good thing that we can do so many things with him because he is our best starter and reliever.

I'm watching on ESPN right now and they are talking about the possibility of them acquiring a Billy Wagner. Wouldn't that be better?!?
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Old 07-16-2005, 06:56 PM   #73
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OMG!!! No way the Phillies will let us get Wagner. No way. Smoltzy can stay the starter if we got that guy. Wagner is lights out. Huddy starts today, and we are closing in on the Expos. Woo-hoo!!!!
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Old 07-17-2005, 10:47 AM   #74
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6 shutout innings
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Old 07-17-2005, 01:30 PM   #75
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Originally Posted by papz
6 shutout innings
Think he coulda helped us if he hadn't gotten hurt? Damn I will be glad when we are fully healthy. We are already making a move on the division.
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:27 AM   #76
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Whoohoo! That's right we are back in first place where we belong. John Thompson is on his rehab assignment and we should be getting him back real soon too! It's like we are seeing a whole new Dan Kolb... for the past 20 appearances he's had, his ERA is under 3. That's very encouraging and Reitsma has been doing an admirable job filling in the closers role. I think we need to trade for a corner outfielder to platoon with Kelly Johnson though... he's been struggling of late.
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Old 07-22-2005, 02:50 PM   #77
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Kelly Johnson's strike outs worry me. And didn't Kolb just blow a save like two nights ago or something? I am so ready to dump that chump. I like that thomson is starting his rehab assignment, maybe my Smoltz back to the closer for the postseason plan will grab some wings and take off. Wouldn't you like to go into the 9th with the security of knowing if you are up by a run it's in the bag?
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Old 07-22-2005, 03:59 PM   #78
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Only thing about moving Smoltz into the bullpen during the postseason is that we might never get to him. He gives us a great chance to win games off the bat. Let's just see how Reitsma does for the rest of the season and how much more Kolb can improve. If you look at Kelly Johnson's base on balls, it balances out with his K's. But for a #2 hole hitter, he does not make enough contact. Lately he's been making less and less contact... his average went from .270 back down to .230.

Here's another rookie you should be aware of... Joey Devine. He's our closer of the future. We drafted him in the first round of this years draft with the idea of bringing him up for the post season. He has a mid 90's fastball, a nasty slider, and the type of attitude you want in a closer. So for he still hasn't given up a run through Single A or Double A. He's on the fast track and I'm pretty sure we'll see him in our bullpen soon. Could he be our Chad Cordero/Houston Street? I think he can and will. Help is on the way!!!
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Old 07-22-2005, 07:11 PM   #79
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Gotta say papzy with all the time the young players have gotten in, I like our chances this year. They held their own when we were kicked down by injuries, and should have enough composure to help us for the stretch run. I'll look out for that Devine guy.
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Oh yeah... bring out the brooms! We just swept the Nats and now hold a 3 game league that will only grow larger.

Jeff Francoeur... wow. I can see why he was a top 10 prospect in all of baseball. In his brief callup so far, he's hitting .414 with 5 dingers and playing outstanding defense. His arm is as good as I've ever seen and compares to Vladmir Gurerrro/Bo Jackson's arm.
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