I think you guys are under-selling the impact of losing Soria, for several reasons:
#1 - Who the hell knows what we have with Broxton. We're optimistic, but there's absolutely no guarantee he'll be any better than decent (and maybe not even that).
#2 - Crow is a possibility in the pen, but he wasn't great in the second half last season. Again, no guarantees there.
#3 - The depth of our pen was supposed to help offset the weakness in our rotation. Take away a bullpen arm and our depth is diminished.
#4 - There's something to be said for having a proven closer, despite our sabermetric tendencies that say otherwise. Soria has been a rock for this team the last several years; losing him isn't good for team psyche.
I think this hurts, I think losing Perez hurts equally, and I don't like the way this season is starting from a karma perspective. Frustrating.
Q: Did you know something was wrong right away?
HUARD: “Yeah, it was just kind of a funny feeling in my groin.”