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Posts tagged ‘Tony Pena’

2009 Protected List – The No-So-Muches

This is the final installment of the 2009 Atomic Roadrunner Protected List preview series.  Protected lists are due for submission this Sunday, February 1st, by midnight, Eastern.  Here are the folks that are saying goodbye, as they will not be protected for 2009:

Chris Coste
2 Years – $5
.263 Average, 9 HR, 36 RBI, 28 Runs, 0 Steals
Coste was a great pickup with incumbent Carlos Ruiz struggling. Although a heavier workload brought down the average later in the season (when he had been replaced by Pablo Sandoval on the AaRr squad), he did an admirable job. The Phillies also brought in Ronny Paulino from the Pirates, so Coste’s security might be in jeopardy.

Gregor Blanco
2 Years – $5
.251 Average, 1 HR, 38 RBI, 52 Runs, 13 Steals
Blanco was a 7th-round minor league pick, though he really wasn’t much of a prospect. He did pretty well in spring training, and won at-bats from Matt Diaz (injured), Josh Anderson (sent to AAA) and the oft-injured (and then traded) Mark Kotsay. However, other than average (which fell his second time through the NL) and the occasional steal, he didn’t seem to do much, though his totals in the counting stats look decent. With some high-profile OF prospects coming up soon, there isn’t much certainty in Blanco’s world right now.

Brett Myers
2 Years – $31
10-13, 4.55 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 163 K’s
Myers was supposed to be my top-tier pitching acquisition, but he had a horrible first half, was sent down to AAA for three weeks, and then came back and pitched like a decent No. 2 starter. He kept up the strikeouts, but also walked more than expected. Apparently he needed a full year to get used to the move back from the bullpen, where the Phillies had him closing for 2007 before the Brad Lidge acquisition. He’ll be a decent starter in 2009, but not for $31 – that’s bollocks.

Jason Marquis
2 Years – $10
11-9, 4.53 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 91 K’s
Marquis was a minor league selection as a fill-in starter. He wasn’t very good, and I didn’t activate him very often, but he lasted the year, which is more than many other pitchers can say. He had a bit of a hot streak in July and August, and we rode him for that. He was traded to Colorado, so that can’t possibly be good for his numbers.

Tony Pena
2 Years – $3
3-2, 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 52 K’s and 3 saves
Pena was won at auction as a “handcuff” for the then-protected Brandon Lyon. This was after it was announced that Chad Qualls would handle the 7th inning, Pena the eighth, and Lyon the ninth. Pena didn’t do as well as his 2007 numbers, and he never had the chance to close, especially after the Diamondbacks acquired Jon Rauch. While Pena will be a decent set-up man, Qualls is the closer going into 2009.

Noah Lowry
2 Years – $1
— did not pitch —
Lowry was a transaction deadline pickup viewed exclusively for 2009. Injured in spring training, he had two surgeries on his throwing arm, and further complications in October pretty much killed any enthusiasm for protecting him. Plus, I think we’ve seen his peak three years ago, and he never had good stuff, for that matter.

Rotowire 2008 Recap: Tony Pena

Tony Pena finished the 2008 season with a 3-2 record and three saves while posting a 52:17 K:BB ratio in 72 appearances. The early-season emergence of Brandon Lyon as the D-Backs’ closer put Pena’s opportunity to work the ninth inning on hold, while Chad Qualls ended up taking over the role down the stretch when Lyon and trade deadline acquisition Jon Rauch were struggling. As for Pena, his strikeout rate (6.44 K/9IP) remained in line with his career mark, while he managed to cut back on his walks (2.11 BB/9IP) and home runs (0.62 HR/9IP). If he had been able to avoid a spike in BABIP (.329), Pena would have finished with an ERA closer to three than the 4.33 he ended with. All signs point to another season as a valuable set-up man for the D-Backs, especially since Arizona is likely to lose Juan Cruz via free agency. Pena will also remain in the mix for the closer’s role, and he could be given a chance to compete for the job during spring training. (Rotowire)

Closer Role Not in the Cards for Pena for 2009

Manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that he expects Chad Qualls to close for the Diamondbacks next season. “I don’t see why (he) shouldn’t,” Melvin said. “We have some quality arms and we feel like any of these guys could close and we’ve had to rotate it around this year. But based on what he’s accomplished, especially here as of late, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be considered the favorite going into spring training next year.” Qualls is 4-for-4 in save opportunities and hasn’t allowed an earned run since he stole the job from Brandon Lyon. (Rotoworld)

Pena Gets Surprise Save for D’Backs

With Chad Qualls apparently again unavailable, Tony Pena picked up his third save Wednesday against the Giants. The Diamondbacks had Doug Slaten start the ninth in a 7-3 game, but he walked both hitters he faced. Pena entered then and immediately allowed an RBI triple, to make the score 7-5. However, he retired the next three batters to finish the game. Qualls needed Tuesday off after pitching both Sunday and Monday, but it was surprising that he wasn’t used tonight. He might be hurting. (Rotoworld)

Pena Solidifying 8th Inning Role

Tony Pena (2-2) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the victory Monday and Chad Qualls came on in the ninth for his fourth save in 12 chances. Pena has taken over as the D-Backs’ primary setup man and could be a candidate to close if something happens to Qualls, who has taken over as the closer recently. Pena has a great arm and could be a candidate to close long term, too. (CBS Sports)

Pena Learns from Lyon, Blows Save

With Chad Qualls apparently unavailable, Tony Pena blew a save in the ninth and took a loss in the 10th against the Reds on Saturday. Well, the Diamondbacks did want him to learn from watching Brandon Lyon. Pena deserved better in the ninth tonight. The inning started with an infield single, and after a second single advance the runner to third, the tying run scored when Miguel Montero couldn’t hold on to Justin Upton’s throw home on Corey Patterson’s fly to right. It was ruled an unearned run. Pena later gave up a walk and a go-ahead double in the 10th. (Rotoworld)

Pena Tweaks Mechanics – Cruises of Late

Tony Pena has made a mechanical adjustment with his legs that is contributing towards his recent turnaround, the Arizona Republic reports. He’s softening his leg when he lands in his delivery, which has returned the break on his slider during a recent stretch of 4.2 innings where he’s struck out seven. Arizona manager Bob Melvin said that the recent results have helped Pena’s confidence, which bodes very well for the D-Backs with Brandon Lyon struggling. As long as Jon Rauch is in the picture, Pena seems to be stuck in a set-up role, but he’ll be considered for ninth-inning work if both Lyon and Rauch are struggling. (Rotowire)

Pena Records Second Save, Bails Out Lyon

Working with a four-run lead in a non-save situation Tuesday against the Padres, Brandon Lyon nearly blew the game. He recorded only one out, allowing three runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout. Tony Pena recorded the final two outs in the inning for his second save. Lyon wouldn’t be the first closer to struggle in a non-save situation, but he has a shorter leash than most with Jon Rauch on the roster. His ERA rose to 4.60 with the performance, so consider him nothing more than a No. 2 Fantasy closer. (CBS Sports)

Pena Rusty, Gives up a Run

Tony Pena gave up a run on two hits while working the eighth inning in Tuesday night’s win over the Giants. Over his last five appearances, Pena has now allowed seven earned runs on nine hits, while watching his season ERA balloon up to 6.75. The D-Backs still have him working the eighth inning, which is a pretty good indication that he’d get the nod if anything were to happen to Brandon Lyon, but with Lyon pitching well right now, Pena is simply good insurance for Lyon owners to stash away in most formats. (Rotowire)

Pena Sporting a 0.00 ERA

Tony Pena has four strikeouts, two holds and he has yet to allow an earned run in all four one-inning appearances this season. Pena will once again rank among the top relievers in holds, and he could see some saves chances if Brandon Lyon goes down with injury. Take a flier on him in deeper formats, particularly NL-only Rotisserie leagues. (CBS Sports)