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Postby kemper5 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:06 am

Once again, gave up 2 hits before escaping.. 2 IP..5 hits thus far.. He was lucky to escape with a save again tonight..
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Postby chipper » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:12 am

Dude relax. He was money last year, and he's 2 for 2 so far. I know his innings haven't been lights out yet, but it's early. Let a guy get his arm in shape......or at least blow a save before you get too scared.
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Postby SirDunkALot » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:12 am

Well, Winn's hit was a really good hit where he worked the count. I don't recall Aurilla's hit that well, but Winn worked the count and found what he was looking for. And, Winn has been successful against Saito *albeit small sample size*.

Although.. I guess you could say there's cause for concern. I think everyone is flipping out totally. Know that he's getting it done, and sometimes, it doesn't have to be sexy.
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Is Saito gonna keep this up?

Postby kemper5 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:14 am

Reason Being..Im a Broxton owner..I hope Saito strarts slipping..He was nothing much in Japan and want Broxton to take over <img src=/forums/images/smiles/kiss.gif>
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Postby Diggs » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:14 am

He's either another disgruntled Broxton owner or a Dodgers fan who would have already put Alfonso Soriano and Andruw Jones on the trade block since they have 2 runs scored and 1 RBI between them.

Relax. The job is Saito's and he is not going to lose it. Enjoy the low whip and era Broxton will give you ..... but don't expect any saves.

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Postby Diggs » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:16 am

SirDunkALot wrote:Well, Winn's hit was a really good hit where he worked the count. I don't recall Aurilla's hit that well, but Winn worked the count and found what he was looking for. And, Winn has been successful against Saito *albeit small sample size*.

Although.. I guess you could say there's cause for concern. I think everyone is flipping out totally. Know that he's getting it done, and sometimes, it doesn't have to be sexy.

Exactly. He threw 18 pitches .... 14 of them for strikes.

The guy is $$$$$$$$ !!!
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Postby sportsguy138 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:18 am

No one can really say.

He was bad in Japan, had a GREAT year last year, but can he keep it up? He's getting old (36), with a young kid with dirty stuff right behind him.

I think the safe thing would be to trade him. I just traded him a couple of days ago and sold his huge year and I think that anyone who has him should too. This guy could end up being real good and not give up his job, but I'd rather take the safe pick.
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Is Saito gonna keep this up?

Postby kemper5 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:23 am

Takashi Saito was brought in for a five-out save in his first opportunity of the season. Saito nearly couldn't hold on. He got out of the eighth after giving up a two-run double to Craig Counsell, but J.J. Hardy led off the ninth with a solo homer and Prince Fielder doubled. Saito worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, one run, while striking out one. Then tonight he pulled another heart burner..Does not seem like a $$$$ guy to me..If I had him, Id be trading him quickly also..
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Postby Diggs » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:26 am

sportsguy138 wrote:No one can really say.

He was bad in Japan, had a GREAT year last year, but can he keep it up? He's getting old (36), with a young kid with dirty stuff right behind him.

I think the safe thing would be to trade him. I just traded him a couple of days ago and sold his huge year and I think that anyone who has him should too. This guy could end up being real good and not give up his job, but I'd rather take the safe pick.


Well, without knowing what you got, I can't say "bad trade." But the job is Saito's and Saito's only. Grady is not going to turn the job over to Broxton (and in turn yank it from Saito) unless Saito really, REALLY craps the bed. He (Saito) has given us no reason to believe he is going to (and the fact that he is Japanese itself does not count). It will take a lot more then 1, 2, 3, 4 or even 5 blown saves from Saito before Grady yanks the job from him. Saito helped carry the Dodgers to the playoffs last season and Grady wants to get back there this season. He is not going to yank the job from someone who has proven himself reliable and give it to a guy who no closing experience (albeit with filthy stuff) unless he has no other choice.

Besides, why fix what is not broken. Reliable bullpen pitching is hard to come by anywhere. There is a great chemistry in LA dating back to last year with Broxton pitching the 8th .... Saito the 9th. Why mess with it? Grady won't ......
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Re: Is Saito gonna keep this up?

Postby sportsguy138 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:26 am

kemper5 wrote:Takashi Saito was brought in for a five-out save in his first opportunity of the season. Saito nearly couldn't hold on. He got out of the eighth after giving up a two-run double to Craig Counsell, but J.J. Hardy led off the ninth with a solo homer and Prince Fielder doubled. Saito worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, one run, while striking out one. Then tonight he pulled another heart burner..Does not seem like a $$$$ guy to me..If I had him, Id be trading him quickly also..


You can't base everything off the first few games of the season though, it's just too small of a sample size. As I said, it's a risk keeping him, but if he does end up keeping his job he'll post great numbers. And no one would be surprised if he did. It's just a lot tougher for him when there is such a great closer candidate right behind him.
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