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Postby fantasyfiend » Sat May 01, 2004 11:49 am

"Considering only two pitchers have more saves than Francisco Cordero and Cordero still has more walks than saves, it might be time to ponder trading the Texas closer. Cordero has eight walks in 8.1 innings and has thrown at least 20 pitches in six of eight appearances -- five of which were just one inning stints. A groundball pitcher, Cordero can get away with some free passes but not this many." - Graham Hayes ESPN

You think cordero's very high 1 inning pitch counts, and lack of control might catch up to him? or is his stuff way to good to even consider trading?
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Postby bell » Sat May 01, 2004 12:00 pm

Sounds like he has a case of Mesa-itis. He walked quite a few last season, too, but managed to avoid disaster. And he's still playing with fire this season. I think his control problems warrant concern, but I wouldn't hit the panic button yet.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Sat May 01, 2004 1:42 pm

His walks are alittle discouraging...especially in the WHIP department....and does warrent some concern....but if you do trade him...get fair value for him...and don't see yourself short... :-)
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Postby Madison » Sun May 02, 2004 12:27 am

Doesn't concern me too much. He's a k pitcher, so a little bit of a high pitch count is to be expected. Also, he's basically a two pitch pitcher. Fastball (97-100 mph) and a slider that makes people look silly. He gets quite a few foul balls on the fastball so pitch counts are up a bit.

Yes, the walks bother me, but it's still early in the season. 8.1 innings is a very small sample size. ;-)

On a side note, I was watching the game where he hit 100 mph on the gun. 97-98 is about normal though. ;-)
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Postby mtarail » Sun May 02, 2004 12:34 am

When the rubber hits the road the only thing that matters for closers is if they can close games. Plenty of guys do it ugly--but if you can do it consistently you'll have a job. And when it comes to converting save opportunities, Cordero has been fine this year. Cordero is never gonna be Gagne or Rivera, but he looks perfectly competent to get the job done.
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Postby bleach168 » Sun May 02, 2004 1:27 am

Cordero has amazing stuff. His BB/IP ratio has been decent in the past. Just because he's walked a couple too many in this young season shouldn't discourage any Cordero owner. I'd take him over most closers in the majors.
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Postby Kegglers » Sun May 02, 2004 4:50 am

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