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Sunday, June 26, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: TREVOR ROSENTHAL OFFICIALLY OUT AS ST. LOUIS CLOSER, NOW WHAT?

Seving as yet another exmaple of the fact that no closer is truly safe. the St. Louis Cardinals and manager Mike Matheney made it official on Saturday in demoting previously All-Star stopper Trevor Rosenthal from the ninth inning.  Coming into the season, Rosenthal was considered a universal top five fantasy baseball closer but again that means nothing when it comes to this position.  As it was, Rosenthal pitched horrible, especially over the last month as his ERA soared to an unfathomable 5.63 ERA and his WHIP an unbelievable 2.03.  Matheny made the move finally which many thought should have come weeks ago.  Be that as it may, now attention turns to who is up next.  We reported yesterday that Kevin Siegrist would get the first crack but now new reports indicate Matheney will use the dreaded committee until Rosenthal straightens himself out.  This looks like a classic case where Rosenthal "finds himself" in setup and then goes back to finishing games when he is right.  Anyways, here as the three prime candidates who stand the best chances to get saves in Rosenthal's place:

Kevin Siegrist:  We start with Siegrist because he deserves the first look.  With a 2.79 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, Siegrist looks the past of a clsoer with 32 K's in 29 innings pitched.  He was also dominant in 2015 as well so Siegrist is a legit top reliever.  Of course Matheney could go the experience route which brings us to.......

Jonathan Broxton:  Yes the old "go with the veteran" mantra that many managers foolishly use when deciding on a replacement closer.  Broxton at one time was a top closer himself with the Los Angeles Dodgers before injuries sapped his fastball and made him a journeyman reliever.  He has thrown well enough this season (3.77 ERA/1.19 WHIP) but his K rate is far from what is used to be.  If Siegrist doesn't get first crack, Broxton will likely be the one to be given the shot.

Sueng Hwan Oh:  Oh is certainly very intriguing as the guy has been crazy good with a 1.66 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and an insane 51 K's in 38 innings.  The South Korea native has been a revelation for the Cardinals and looks like a guy who more than can hold his own as a closer.  However Oh is still a rookie and Matheney will go with Siegirst or Broxton first.

Again we think it will be Kevin Siegrist who gets the first nod but Broxton would not surprise us either.  If you have one spot to use, go with Siegrist and don't be upset if Broxton gets it as he can hurt you more than help you.

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