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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: CAM BEDROSIAN SET TO TAKE OFF, SCRATCH RYAN DULL FROM PROSPECTIVE A'S CLOSING LIST

Another day and another batch of closer new worth discussing:

-We and many other fantasy baseball publications thought it was folly and at the same time "let me try to be difficult" speak from Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scoscia regarding his plans to have a committee to close games while Huston Street was sidelined.  Anyone who saw Street and his truly abominable 2016 performance know he is completely shot and shouldn't be anywhere near the ninth inning and so it left open a prime chance for hard-throwing youngster Cam Bedrosian to grab hold of the gig.  The only problem is that fellow washed-up veteran Andrew Bailey was still in town and you can of course never count on Scoscia doing the right thing when it comes to his closer.  Alas we were pleasantly surprised to see Bedrosian get the call (with Bailey working the eighth) Tuesday night and the results were as expected with the former tossing a 1-2-3 frame.  Bedrosian really looks like a super closing talent who rocked a K/9 of 11.38 last season and that alone makes him a classic stopper.  Considering how easy an outing it was for Bedrosian, there is no reason he shouldn't be back out there the next time a save chance presents itself.  Feel free to hold Bailey another few days but this looks Bedrosian's gig to lose even when Street returns.

-The Oakland A's were another annoying AL West outfit who has closer chaos and it was reinforced Opening Day when it was Santiago Casilla and not Ryan Madson or Sean Doolittle who finished out the game.  With Casilla needing a day off, the intriguing Ryan Dull got a chance to close out the Angels but the fell flat on his face in surrendering a three-run shot to Danny Espinosa to blow the game.  Scratch Dull off your closing contenders and right now that makes Casilla more locked in despite his own limitations.  I still think Doolittle is the best closing arm in the A's bullpen but his lefthandedness likely will hold him back.  

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