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Saturday, March 4, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: HUSTON STREET UNLIKELY FOR OPENING DAY DUE TO GRADE 1 LAT STRAIN

Prospective Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street was diagnosed with a Grade 1 lat strain on Saturday and recovery time is anywhere from 3-4 weeks which makes his availability for Opening Day unlikely.  Already on very thin ice as a closer candidate coming off a brutal 2016, now attention turns to Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey in terms of who might be picking up saves at the start of the season.  The unknown variable in all this always has to be the unpredictability of manager Mike Scoscia who we all know beats to his own drum but figure on either Bedrosian or Miller getting the call.  We also can't discount a committee either but for argument's sake, let's break down the two.

Cam Bedrosian:  Bedrosian opened some last season when he finally began to harness his powerful fastball to the tune of 1.12 ERA and dominant 11.38 K/9.  It was a small 40.1 inning sample size however and the lack of closing experience could leave Scoscia nervous going into the season.  

Andrew Bailey:  Yes him again.  It seems like Bailey has been on half the teams in the majors since losing his way with the Oakland A's and at the age of 32, his stuff has really eroded.  Bailey was particularly awful last season in pitching to a nasty 5.36 ERA but his K/9 rate was not terrible at 8.45.  After a 5.19 ERA with the New York Yankees in a cup of coffee run the year prior, Bailey only has the experience edge going for him.  

When it comes down to it, Bedrosian is the only guy you want to own here.  Street and Bailey look shot and will hurt you more then boost you.  Bedrosian has potential and thus is the guy deserving of the shot to close.  


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