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Monday, August 15, 2011

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: RAFAEL BETANCOURT ENDS UP IN THE HOT SEAT


We only have a month and a half left in the season and since its Monday, we have to check in with the latest closer news around fantasy baseball.

-The big news of the week was that Huston Street made his annual trip to the DL with a right triceps strain.  That means top setup man Rafael Betancourt will get another chance to show he has the stones to close games.  Betancourt has annually been one of the best setup men in the game but has turned into mush when put into the ninth inning in the past.  He has the high K-rate to succeed there but he has to get his mind right.  Obviously he needs to be added since he will getting saves and Street may not be ready to go when he is eligible to come off the DL but it could be a bumpy ride.

-Not much word on trade talk involving guys who have slipped through waivers.  We wont be seeing big names like Heath Bell move but someone like a Jon Rauch or Jason Isringhausen is very possible these next few weeks.  Keep that in mind.

-Giants closer Brian Wilson wasnt available on Sunday due to a bad back and this has to be watched since this was the same ailment that landed him on the DL earlier in the season.  Sergio Romo is the handcuff and a very good one so watch this to see what takes place. 
-For as bad a start to the season that he had, Milwaukee's John Axford has turned in a stellar campaign.  In fact he has only gotten better since Francisco Rodriguez was brought over from the Mets and that tells you a lot about Axford's makeup and ability to handle stress.  He has now firmly established himself as a solid closer going forward to next season.

-Yes Mariano Rivera has had a rough week but the world would have to end before the Yankees decide to take him out of the ninth inning.  In due time though, David Robertson looks a bit like Billy Wagner huh?  Just saying. 

-The struggles continue for Indians closer Chris Perez and it was yours truly who told you right after the break to sell high (one of my better forecasts of the season).  Vinny Pestano has been absurdly good in the eighth inning all season and he is the guy to own if the team pulls the plug. 

Thats all for now as it once again was a light story week in the ninth inning.  As always keep checking back for the latest closer news as it takes place. 

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