FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

LIKE THE FANTASY SPORTS BOSS ON FACEBOOOK

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: JEANMAR GOMEZ OFFICIALLY NAMED PHILS CLOSER, STILL SHOCKED OVER BLAKE TREINEN

-The Philadelphia Phillies and manager Pete Mackanin confirmed on Thursday what they had been saying since the start of spring training when it came to the closer role and that was to confirm that soft-tossing veteran Jeanmar Gomez is the guy.  After getting hit around in his first spring outing, Gomez was actually quite good as he put up a 0.93 ERA.  However the story remains the same here in terms of Gomez being a below-average strikeout guy (sub-7.00 K/9 last season) and that as we all know is not a good thing for pitching in the ninth inning.  Eventually Gomez will get exposed and so then the question is whether hard-throwing youngster Hector Neris or aging but still effective veteran Joaquin Benoit get the call.  Either way, Gomez is one of the worst closing options to begin the 2017 fantasy baseball season and any draft pick spent on him must be backed up by either Neris or Benoit.

-Meanwhile there are still shock and surprise being felt from Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker naming not Kodi Glover, not Shawn Kelly, but Blake Treinen as the stopper for the team to begin 2017.  If you were to take a poll regarding the chances of the three to claim the gig, Treinen would have been far in last place.  Glover was pitching the ninth inning all spring before he lost the gig to Treinen with some late struggles and it looks like Kelly never had much of a shot since Baker wanted him in setup.  Treinen throws a hard sinkerball that has been very sharp this spring but he is not exactly a strikeout machine either.  This could be a fluid situation in the Nats bullpen until if/when David Robertson comes aboard via trade.  Until that happens, Treinen is your closer there.


No comments:

Post a Comment