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Friday, March 18, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: BRAD BOXBERGER DOWN 8 WEEKS AFTER CORE SURGERY, GET TO KNOW ALEX COLOME

With the 2016 fantasy baseball season just about two weeks away, we have a big injury development in the closing ranks in terms of Tampa Bay Rays stopper Brad Boxberger now slated to miss the next 8!!!! weeks after being forced to undergo core surgery A muscle in Boxberger's core had been giving him problems for months and manager Kevin Cash felt it was important to get it fixed now and have Boxberger for the summer.  While he is not totally polished as a closer in giving up a high number of home runs and walks, Boxberger's sky-high K rate has always been a good fit for the closer spot but now he is out of commission for awhile.  With the Rays having dealt Jake McGee who would have been a perfect replacement, we now must dig a bit deeper to find out who could step up and fill the void.  Two names come to the forefront in the form of righty Alex Colome and lefty Danny Farquhar.  Let's take a closer look at both in order to determine who has the better chance to emerge as the closer.

Alex Colome:  Colome instantly stands out as the better bet due to the fact he has some jump on his fastball.  Colome was starter for most of his 2015 tenure with the Rays but he still threw solidly with a 3.94 ERA.  The 7.22 K/9 was mediocre but as a reliever expect that number to jump up as Colome relies more on his heater.  Still young at 27, Colome could get the first crack.

Danny Farquhar:  The 29-year-old veteran Farquhar has his own qualifications for the role as the righthander was dominant in 2014 with the Seattle Mariners as he pitched to a 2.66 ERA and registered a very high 10.27 K/9.  However Farquhar couldn't carry that production into 2015 as he was hit very hard for most of the season as his ERA spiked to a horrid 5.12 and the K rare sank to 8/47.  Part of the problem here is that Farquhar gave up a ton of home runs (1.59 HR/9) and his control was terrible (3.00 BB/9).  Those are two big red flags for a closer and that should have him as the backup plan. 

Right now if you have only one spot to use, go with Alex Colome due to his better 2015 numbers and more attractive closer abilities.  Colome could end up with a decent amount of saves until Boxberger returns to get right to the waiver wire in your league. 

 

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