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Saturday, June 11, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: JAKE McGEE HITS DL, BRINGING BACK JASON MOTTE TO NINTH INNING?

It has been a roller coaster ride for anyone owning stock in Colorado Rockies closer Jake McGee this season.  An awful April was followed by a terrific May but June seemed to be the low point as McGee was placed on the DL Saturday with what the team is calling left knee inflammation.  This after McGee was simply brutal Friday night in blowing a save with 4 earned runs given up.  So as we always do in situations like this, it is time to take a look at the next man up and the easy promotion would be veteran and former All-Star closer Jason Motte.  While Motte has served as one of the minority cases of a pitcher who came off Tommy John surgery with LESS velocity then before, he did post a decent season with the Chicago Cubs in 2015 when he logged a 3.91 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.  Alas the K rate was way down for Motte who used to be one of the best at that part of the closing game before his elbow went bad but it still netted him a two-year deal with the Rockies early last winter that at the time put him in line to close.  The Rockies though swung a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, moving outfielder Corey Dickerson East for McGee to fill the closer role but the latter has not been very consistent.  Now with the injury putting McGee out of commission, Motte should get the chance to step up.  So far this season, Motte has been pretty good with a 3.00 ERA and 5 K's in 6 innings.  He missed a bunch of time early in the season with his own injury issues but experience is always key in situations such as this.  Meanwhile Chad Qualls looks shot with a 5.03 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, so that puts him out of the running.  Pick Motte up where available as saves are needed no matter where they come from and generally the veteran has a decent chance of holding down the fort until McGee gets healthy. 


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    1. very shocked at what happened here. went against conventional thinking. Estevez dangerous. Reminds me of Jose Jimenez. Remember him?

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