Edward Mujica PCardinals
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|2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)||I've been getting crushed by injuries early. I'm in a 15 team mixed where my only healthy closer left is Latroy Hawkins, yeah I know. There are no closers on waivers and most of the really good closers in waiting are taken. I'm looking at names like A.J Ramos, Jake McGee and Edward Mujica. If you're speculating on future saves are there any under the radar options that people might not be that familiar with? Thanks. |
(KcDozer from Florida)
|Starting to think there are no healthy relievers left. I would say Cody Allen but Bret Sayre has blown him up already. Daniel Webb on the White Sox should get a look if Matt Lindstrom fails in Nate Jones' absence. Jeurys Familia has his issues and isn't exactly holding it down this year but he still throws hard and has a slider which is the requisite closer starting kit. Dellin Betances can get a look, there are a few names out there. (Mauricio Rubio)|
|2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Name a handful of under the radar potential save stealers for 2014?|
(Sam from NY)
|Cody Allen, Carter Capps, Edward Mujica, Tyler Clippard, Joe Smith (Ben Carsley)|
|2013-12-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What will Brandon Workman do now that the Red Sox have signed Edward Mujica and traded for Burke Badenhop?|
(Paul from Boston)
|That's tough because No. 6 starter seems like a good plan for him, but if Dempster is 5 and Doubront is 6...
They have so much starting pitching that I could see a trade at some point. There are guys who would have more value to other teams than they have to the Red Sox. (Zachary Levine)
|2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Mike. Why hasn't Shelby Miller pitched this off-season? Obviously Mike Matheny has lots of options at his disposal but is there something specific going on with Miller such as a hidden injury or an attitude problem?|
(mmcduffe from Ottawa)
|I don't have the answer, but I've heard a few theories. One theory is that Miller is gassed, and his 12% strikeout rate in September is a sign of this. Miller has become the in-case-of-emergency-break glass guy. Matheny's use of his pen has been a bit of a mystery to me. I get that he has Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal as a very strong 1-2 punch, but there have been games where he seems to be going to the well with lesser relievers. Miller and Edward Mujica don't seem to belong on the roster, and Matheny's non-usage of them is a little odd. (Mike Gianella)|
|2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Seems like there are a number of older "proven closers" on the free agent market with only a handful of opportunities out there- Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, Joe Nathan, Fernando Rodney, Edward Mujica not to mention the injury reclamation projects like Brian Wilson, Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan. With the success that the Cardinals had moving Edward Mujica back two innings and then doing the same with Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez in the playoffs, are the days of spending big on closers finally over? Does a team like the Cubs with no great in house solution and a smart front office take advantage of the oversaturated market or pass on all those guys?|
(Scott from LA)
|We'll continue to see a wide variety of approaches to how teams handle the late innings. On the one hand there is certainly something to the idea that there are people who can close and people who can't. But you'd be hard pressed to get a closer enough innings in a season to justify paying big for them (unless, like the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, etc. you simply have the money to spend). St. Louis has such a glut of arms they have no reason to go outside the org, but for many teams there simply aren't good reasons to limit a young, high ceiling arm to a closer role. I imagine the Cubs will look for a reasonably priced arm that they think can handle the job, rather than committing more money over multiple years. (Nick J. Faleris)|
|2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)||Some non-closer this year that are good bets to earn 20+ saves next year are _____?|
(Joanah from Redwood)
No non-closer is ever a good bet to earn 20+ saves. If you had Kevin Gregg with 30 saves this year, raise your hand. Not so fast, every single one of you.
But if you're asking for names, I like Cody Allen in Cleveland, Ryan Cook in Oakland, and Trevor Rosenthal in St. Louis if he stays in the bullpen. All three are risks, but that's the nature of a question like this; these are all guesses at this point. I think the Indians will non-tender Perez, but maybe they sign him for $9-10 million. Grant Balfour probably leaves for free agency, but maybe he doesn't. Edward Mujica probably leaves, but maybe the Cardinals keep him or maybe Jason Motte is healthy and gets the role back. I used to shy away from the skills over roles thing, but now I believe it. If you grabbed Rosenthal in your fantasy league this year, you probably were very satisfied with the overall numbers (and especially the strikeouts) even though he never wound up closing. (Mike Gianella)
|2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)||Thank you for the chat, Mike. If you're the Angels and you're looking to rebuild the pen, which free agent relievers would you target? Would Balfour or Mujica be potential targets, and which would you prefer?|
(Dennis from LA)
Thanks! Glad to hear it.
I'm not a fan of adding free agent relievers if it can be avoided, but if the Angels are going to go this route, I think I'd prefer Edward Mujica over Grant Balfour. He's a little younger, and the HR/FB risk is mitigated in that park. Balfour would probably be fine too, but I feel like he dodged more than a few bullets this year and might not be so lucky in 2013, especially since he'd have to face the A's now. (Mike Gianella)
|2013-07-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Are you like me, when you see Edward Mujica you want to pronounce his last name like "Maan-teca!"?|
(Chad from Illinois)
|Like this one (Sam Miller)|
|2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you think Mujica is good enough to grab the Cards closer role and keep it the whole year?|
(nubber from tx)
|I haven't seen Edward Mujica pitch much since he left San Diego. When he was here, he didn't pitch inside at all, which would seem to be problematic for a closer. He has good stuff and good control, but unless his approach his changed, I wouldn't feel real comfortable with him in that role. (Geoff Young)|
|2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||i'm assuming you dont think the padre bullpen will have anything like a repeat performance, right? |
(nicety from ca)
|It's probably hard to believe without accusing me of being a biased fanboy about it, but I see them performing pretty close to that level. Here's the thing--Bell/Adams/Gregerson are all legitimately excellent pitchers, and the kind of guys who can replicate their success from year-to-year. Edward Mujica was unlucky in 2010, and is much better than his ERA indicates--have a look at his K/BB ratio of 12.0 for proof of that. Ernesto Frieri is a young pitcher with some promise who did well in his first stint in the bigs, and I expect him to be a bit better. Joe Thatcher should be there all season long in 2011. Ryan Webb has some upside and is the last option in the pen. This is a collection of fantastic pitchers who, if they are all together again, can perform just as well.
Will they *definitely* repeat? I'm not saying that. But if you asked me to pick one pen that could replicate its previous season, my money would be on the one in San Diego. (Marc Normandin)
|2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Care to gush about how studly the Pads' bullpen is? They remind me of the stacked Angels pen of ought-two.|
(Functionary from Grey Cubicle, DC)
|Well, the other night was a great example. They used four relievers--Ernesto Frieri, Joe Thatcher, Edward Mujica and Tim Stauffer--for three scoreless innings of relief. None of those three relievers are the key pieces in the bullpen (Heath Bell, Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson). Their "worst" reliever by ERA is Mujica, who has a K/BB of 11.6 thanks to 58 strikeouts and just five walks. (Marc Normandin)|
|2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)||D'oh! Addendum: Care to expand on your praise of Heath Bell, Mike Adams, and Luke Gregerson, and add lauds and exultates for Joe Thatcher and Edward Mujica?|
(Functionary from Grey Cubicle, DC)
|Joe Thatcher missed the beginning of the season, but in the 27 1/3 innings since he's returned, he's held lefties to a line of .149/.212/.255. Mujica is a beast in the K/BB department as I said. He's given up some homers but seems to have that little problem under control lately, and is flat out dominant at times despite being a back-end option.
Bell walks some hitters sometimes, but most of the hits against him are dinky singles, and he can bring it and whiffs plenty of batters. The only closer I trust more than Bell is Mariano Rivera. Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams would be closing for most of the other teams in baseball--even when Gregerson walks batters he's an ace reliever, but this year he's got the walks under control. This is not a Petco bullpen, this is a pen full of really, really good pitchers. (Marc Normandin)
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