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Monday, February 15, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: BANK ON CARTER CAPPS WINNING MIAMI CLOSING GIG

                                              

It was reiterated again early Monday that the Miami Marlins closer role is up for grabs between last year's incumbent A.J. and hard-throwing upstart Carter Capps.  While Ramos comes off a terrific closing debut in 2015 when he recorded 32 saves with a 2.30 ERA, the Marlins are enamored of the quirky and very hard delivery of Capps that resulted in a puny 1.16 ERA and insane 58 strikeouts in just 31 innings last season.  With most closer gigs already settled going into spring training, the most attention should be focused in Miami in terms of possible turnover. 

Now when you get through all the issues here, the notion of Capps being a closer is beyond enticing for anyone involved in fantasy baseball.  We already know by now that the jump-step Capps engineers before he unleashes his blazing fastball has completely dumfounded opposing batters which is why there is a competition to begin with.  With regards to Ramos, there is no denying how good he was as well in 2015 in nailing down those 32 saves.  However underneath the glowing ERA and terrific K rate of his own, there at least are some red flags with Ramos in terms of his walk rate and some luck he got last season.  Ramos has some very ugly control at times, with 2014's BB/9 of 6.05 being downright hideous.  The veteran did lower that to 3.98 last season but that is still a very high number.  In addition, Ramos had a lucky .285 BABIP last season and his XFIP ERA of 3.24 was much higher then his actual 2.30 mark.  So it stands to reason the Marlins knows these numbers and are concerned for Ramos' long term viability in the role.  Hence the competition.

Really when looking ahead to 2016 fantasy baseball drafts, we would rank Capps ahead of Ramos and go with him if we only had one spot to use.  Capps is too dominant all the way around for him not to close and only ill health should keep him out of the spot.  Ramos is a fine pitcher but the fact this is even a competition tells you Miami wants him to win the gig.


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