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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: JEANMAR GOMEZ ENDORSED AS PHILLIES CLOSER TO OPEN CAMP

In what can only be described as "bang your head against the wall news" to those in the fantasy baseball community, Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin endorsed soft-tossing Jeanmar Gomez as the team's closer as spring training got underway for the team.  While he did save 37 games last season, Gomez was arguably one of the worst closers in baseball as he finished with a nasty 4.85 ERA.  The most obvious problem here was the fact Gomez just doesn't have the strikeout ability to succeed long-term as a closer and his horrid 6.16 K/9 rate bears this out.  In fact Gomez' K/9 rate is as low as it gets for anyone who pitches the ninth inning and by the second half of last season, was routinely getting hit hard.  Still Mackanin voiced his support for Gomez and so he is the guy to own right now for saves.  Still I myself would not touch Gomez as it is just a matter of time before the throws the closer gig away and either Joaquin Benoit or Hector Neris takes over.  I went on record the other day saying Benoit has the best chance to lead the Phillies in saves as the team will want to keep the cost down on Neris as he hits his arbitration years.  If Neris were closing games, his price would shoot up and so Benoit is the hedge pick in the late rounds.  

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