Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla was probably just trying to say something nice about a former teammate. Or he was stuck in a postgame euphoria and all he could think was happy thoughts. Or he's a good liar.
After Uggla's game-tying homer off Kevin Gregg in the 9th yesterday, Cody Ross hit the very next pitch over the wall in left to give the Marlins a 3-2 win. This is Uggla afterwards:
"I've seen Gregg a lot, and the last few years he's been as dominant as anybody."
No, no he hasn't.
In 2007, as the Marlins closer, Gregg converted 32 of 36 saves, had a 3.54 ERA with a 1.226 WHIP. He struck out over a batter and inning but also gave up runs in 20 of his 74 appearances. Solid, sure. But not dominant.
The next year, Gregg knocked his ERA down to 3.41. However, he blew nine saves, saw his strikeout rate dip and walks go up, and lost the closer's role in September to Matt Lidstrom. Not dominant.
Now after two consecutive blown saves, Gregg has coughed up a lead five times for the Cubbies. You can't imagine that Lou Piniella will have a ton of patience, although yesterday he said he doesn't plan on making a switch. Carlos Marmol, be ready. And learn how to throw strikes.