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Seattle Closer Battle

MLB.com's Jim Street talks about the Mariners' closer battle, which he sees as a five horse race.  A look at the candidates:

  • Mark Lowe - Oft-injured.  Poor control.  Averages 94.3 mph on his fastball.
  • Miguel Batista - Awful in '08, but has closer experience and makes a lot of money.
  • Tyler Walker - HR prone, but had decent peripherals in '08 and did get more groundballs.  Has closer experience.
  • David Aardsma - Tons of Ks, awful control, averages 94.5 mph on his fastball.  Closed in Triple A in '07.
  • Roy Corcoran - Gets an insane amount of grounders but doesn't strike people out and walks too many.

If new Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu isn't seduced by the hard throwers, I kind of like Walker as a dark horse.  Thoughts?




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