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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: CARTER CAPPS. GREG HOLLAND, AND NATS SITUATION

There are more than a few closer situations taking front and center with the season less than a week away so let's get to the latest:

-The Colorado Rockies plan on going into the season now with Greg Holland and not Adam Ottavino in the closer role which comes as a mild surprise since it was generally assumed the reverse would be in play.  Holland has not exactly been lighting things up this spring but his old velocity is almost all the way back and the fact he has a vast experience edge over Ottavino likely played a role.  However there is still time for Ottavino to go back in front as Holland struggled Monday giving up two runs in on his one inning and he is set to pitch again on Tuesday.  If that outing goes bad, Ottavino may just be able to jump ahead.  Even if Holland stars the season in the closer role, I would absolutely hold Ottavino to see how the early results shape up.

-The debut of Carter Capps on Monday did not go well on Monday as he walked two and gave up two hits for the San Diego Padres.  Capps got just one out in the appearance but honestly there is no shock he struggled given how much time he has missed.  Prior to the surgery, Capps was as dominant a bullpen arm as there was in the league and that is still his ceiling once the rust comes off.  Brandon Maurer is a joke as a closer and he will soon be exposed.  That will open the door to Capps who has the massive K stuff to be a gem in the ninth inning.  Hold him on your roster.

-The Washington Nationals were said to be sitting down to discuss their closer situation Monday but still no official word from the team in terms of what they are going to do.  Koda Glover retired all four New York Met hitters he faced on Monday and he has been nearly unhittable all spring.  However he has no experience finishing games and so manager Dusty Baker may prefer veteran Shawn Kelly instead.  Check back later for an expected update.


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