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Showdown: Amir Garrett vs. Archie Bradley

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: March 24, 2021, 11:21 am ET

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Today, we'll be giving you a look at the guide's exclusive Player Showdown column series with the below excerpt from the relievers.

Amir Garrett vs. Archie Bradley


Garrett took a massive step forward during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, slashing his walk rate from 5.63 per-nine in 2019 to a more palatable 3.44 per-nine. The increased control, juxtaposed by a robust strikeout rate (12.6 K/9 across 74 1/3 innings since 2019), have the 28-year-old southpaw poised to take over as the Reds’ primary stopper after the club jettisoned Raisel Iglesias to Los Angeles during the offseason. Simply put, I’m not sold Sean Doolittle, Lucas Sims or any of the Reds’ alternatives are capable of taking this job away from him, especially since Tejay Antone and Michael Lorenzen will be needed to occupy rotation spots at the outset of the 2021 campaign.  – George Bissell (@GeorgeBissell)


After Garrett’s awesome debut on Saturday, I’m feeling less confident on this one than I was a few days ago. Reds manager David Bell really does appear committed to Garrett at this point, which is awesome. Still, he could be a trade candidate if the Reds fall out of things this season. I don’t think that’s going to happen with Bradley, as the Phillies should be in the thick of things all year. Furthermore, Phillies manager Joe Girardi likes to use his closer in a more traditional way, so Bradley could really run away with things here. He’s been great over the past year and a half and should never have hit the free agent market in the first place. That was mostly the Reds being cheap. Hector Neris remains in the picture after amassing 70 saves over the past four seasons, but that Girardi has been vague about his role speaks volumes. Bradley is one of my favorite late-round plays and Garrett is picking up momentum there too, I must admit. – D.J. Short (@djshort)



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