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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: KODA GLOVER LOOKING LIKE A CLOSER UPSET

We should have seen this coming that's for sure,  As soon as Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker began using reliever Koda Glove in a string of ninth inning appearances in spring training exhibition games, it was becoming easy to see what the man had in mind in terms of his closer situation.  With the Nats having not re-signed Mark Melancon during free agency, the assumption all along was that hard-throwing Shawn Kelly would be the man to close games for the NL East contenders.  Alas Baker had a lot of good things to say about the 23-year-old Glover right from the start of camp and his usage has suggested he is very much leaning toward using the kid to finish games at the start of the season.  Glover has been dominant this spring as he has a 1.13 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, and 11 K's in just 8 innings pitched so far.  Having a fastball that approaches triple-digits, Glover seems like a natural fit in the ninth and so those who already invested in Kelly have to be more that a bit perturbed by this.  Kelly has certainly pitched very well himself the last two years but his experience closing games has been dicey at best.  So as of right now, Glover has to be considered the guy to own as far as saves are concerned for the Nationals and that qualifies as a big upset for sure with the season two weeks away.


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