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Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: BUD NORRIS LOOKS LIKE A NATURAL, COULD STICK AWHILE

Well this is certainly a surprise.  Thursday night brand new Los Angeles Angels closer Bud Norris finished off his fourth save chance in four tries since taking over the ninth inning role for the team as he dropped his ERA to 2.84 and his WHIP to 1.03.  With first Huston Street, then Andrew Bailey, and most recently Cam Bedrosian going to the DL with injury, Norris was the fourth man up in the team's closer carousel.  With Bedrosian still not going much of anything due to a stubborn groin injury, Norris is making a move to stay the closer even when his teammate gets back.  This of course is the shock of all shocks as we all know Norris as a perennial tease who ultimately has been a colossal disappointment in terms of being a starting pitcher for a number of teams. What always held Norris back was a total lack of control and also failing to develop secondary pitches to complement his always impressive fastball.  Having secondary pitches if much less a concern in one-inning appearances however and Norris can rely almost exclusively on his fastball which is more than doing the trick.  So for anyone who owns stock in Norris (which includes me), so far this is turning out better than anyone could have imagined.


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