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OP#4 Free agent reliever showdown: Joe Smith vs. Matt Guerrier





Hey guys, athleticsperson01 here to talk about some more players to get for the green and gold. A pair of free agent relievers coming from both leagues. We got Joe Smith, the sidewinder from the Cleveland Indians. The other guy, from the Chicago Cubs, Matt Guerrier. Smith, 29, a Cincinnati native, has pitched for the Tribe for the past five years. In his five years with the Tribe every year he's allowed fewer hits than innings pitched. This year Smith, in 70 games pitched a total of 63 innings, allowed 17 runs (16 of them earned) with a 2.29 ERA to boot. Think about it. Every 4 innings he would allow 1 earned run. He would also be Jerry Blevins like. Versus lefties he has a .227 average. Righties are a little better with a .247 average. Also, he must have a quick appearance. On the first fifteen pitches he boasts a .231 average. Righties is a different story, with a .400 average against him. Another reliever that's also a free agent for this upcoming season is Matt Guerrier. Guerrier, 35, split time with the Dodgers and Cubs this year. A native from Cleveland, Guerrier earned about $5 million in 2013. In 2013, Guerrier pitched in 42.2 innings, giving up 43 hits, with 22 runs, on top with a 4.01 ERA. Thinking deeper about this, Guerrier basically gives up a run (whether earned or not) every 2 innings. At his home park he fairs better with a 3.76 ERA, versus a 4.41 ERA on the road. Another Jerry Blevins like pitcher, fairing better versus lefties than righties (.200 v. .313.) Day ERA is also better 3.52 ERA, versus a night ERA of 4.28. Guerrier does pitch better when you give him a day's rest. What do you guys think about the two? Thanks for reading my post, and all comments are welcome! Sources: MLB trade rumors.com espn.go.com
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