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11-16-2012, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by BringBackStevens View Post
On the other hand, if Papelbon is our best reliever (he is), why can't we use him in high leverage situations before the 9th inning? I disagree with the mentality that this guy needs to sit there until we have a lead in the 9th. That's meaningless if by the time you get there you lost the lead.

I'd really like to see teams start using that high paid reliever in any critical moment of relief throughout the game. It's totally plausabile that you get the most out of him using him earlier in many cases. I.e. - heart of the line up in 8th or other team threatening to score in a close game in the 7th.
Did you see last year, how any time he was put into a non save situation, or in before the 9th inning. It's like he didn't even try.

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