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Mellinger's nonsensical case for not trying Soria as a starter

I lived through the awful years of Burgos and Mac the Ninth as well, but I just don't this paralyzing fear of trying Soria in the rotation that has become so prominent. I'd be fine with Cruz closing for us, he was almost as sure a thing for the D-backs as a setup man as Soria was for us as a closer. And if this were about the risk of injuring Soria by having him pitch 2.5 as many innings in a season, I would understand that. But this fear that we would instantly fall back into the 2005 season with the bullpen is beyond all reason. Juan Cruz is not Ambiorix Burgos.

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