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  1. That solo homer came in his first appearance of the season too, on Opening Day to Holliday. He retired 28 straight batters after that.

    Fun Fact: At one point in 2007, the Mets had both Adam and Bell on their 40-man roster.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — April 27, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

  2. His cutter “looks” more devastating than Mo’s. He’s a treat to watch (and to own in fantasy).

    Comment by Brad Johnson — April 27, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

  3. With Thornton’s fall from “best 8th inning man in baseball” status, I’m curious how Adams would handle a closing role if Bell ended up being traded.

    Comment by JtheExploder — April 27, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  4. Also, if you watch the replay for that homer, it was completely ridiculous. Holliday basically reached way down and hit a good low and out-of-the-zone fastball for a homer. Hard to pin that one in any way on Adams, just Holliday being a freak.

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    Comment by mojowo11 — April 27, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

  5. Yep. He’s the only non closer I have ever used in my lineup. I just plug him in when I don’t like the matchups.

    But does he get to close in San Diego anytime soon?

    Comment by Metsox — April 27, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

  6. It’s probably worth mentioning too that Adams retired 27 straight batters this year. Just a fun fact….

    Comment by Metsox — April 27, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

  7. You’d have to think that Bell is a trade candidate, given how crappy the Padres look this year.

    Comment by mojowo11 — April 27, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

  8. I wonder if the Pads have ever thought of trying Adams in the rotation? Could he survive? He hasn’t been the most durable of RP in the past but just a thought.

    Comment by tdotsports1 — April 27, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

  9. luke gregerson is also another very strong piece in that bullpen

    Comment by cgreen — April 27, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

  10. I’d be shocked if Heath isn’t traded. Sadly (for me), the Pads are losing a lot and don’t look to contend this year. Heath is the highest paid player on the team, and even with him gone, a 7/8/9 of Qualls/Frieri, Gregerson, Adams is pretty formidable

    Comment by Friedman — April 27, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

  11. Adams domination started in the 2008 season. His utter domination started in 2009 and has carried on since-even through injury time outs. He just picks up where he left off.

    It’s no park effect for him either. He pitches well everywhere, to every handed hitter. I’ve been following him for awhile-he’s had quite a few injuries, has missed significant time, and has passed through several organizations. San Diego said “I like Mike” and hung on to him. He’s the best reliever in either league that no one has heard of.

    Comment by jirish — April 27, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

  12. Don’t forget Ernesto Frieri and his 1.36 FIP. Their bullpen is stacked. Too bad their offense has been so lousy this year.

    Comment by Tony — April 27, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

  13. Sorry, but Adams was better than Thornton even last year.

    Comment by TruthHurts — April 28, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

  14. Not true. That would be Ernesto Frieri and his sick slider.

    Comment by puffy — April 29, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  15. Oh, I like him a great deal too, but Automatic Adams is still my personal favorite.

    Comment by jirish — April 30, 2011 @ 12:02 am

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