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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-27-2009, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Street gains in Rockies' closer race

While Manny Corpas still leads the competition, Huston Street is making a late push to become the Rockies' closer, the Denver Post reported.

If the competition for the Rockies' closer job had been decided early in spring training, the job would belong to Manuel Corpas, not Huston Street.

Corpas has a 1.29 ERA with four walks in seven innings. Slowed by a quadriceps strain early in camp, Street didn't pitch well. But he's whittled his ERA down to 6.48, allowing just one run in his last six innings.

"Really, five of the last six outings, we've seen a marked improvement," manager Clint Hurdle told the newspaper. "(His pitches) have shown a lot of life and late movement."

Hurdle said he will definitely pick one man to be the closer. He recently said he'll make his choice with about a week left in camp.
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Huston may be improving, but I still think they're going to give it to Corpas at the end. It's unfortunate for Street because he has a lot of potential.

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Huston Street's strong finish to spring training will land him the Rockies' closer's role, the Denver Post reported.

The newspaper reported that all signs pointing toward Street winning the job over Manuel Corpas. The two began spring training in an open competition. Acquired from Oakland in the Matt Holliday trade, Street started poorly, but surged to the finish line. In his past nine appearances, he has allowed just one run, never requiring more than 12 pitches. His improvement can be traced to a healed right quadriceps.

"We have known all along there would be a decision, but it's out of my control, so I can't worry about it," said Street, who has 94 career saves.

Corpas, who lost his closer's job in April 2007, has allowed just one earned run this spring, but there are slight concerns about his velocity.
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