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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: JEANMAR GOMEZ ALREADY IN TROUBLE

One day into most team's seasons are already there is insane closer chaos all around fantasy baseball:

-ALL spring long I kept telling you all how much of a folly it was for the Philadelphia Phillies to give the closer role to soft-tossing Jeanmar Gomez to begin 2017.  After getting his brain beat in during the second half of last season, Phils manager Pete Mackanin in his infinite wisdom decided he was the best option to finish games once again despite the very capable Hector Neris and Joaquin Benoit behind him.  Well it took all of one game for Mackanin to say he was "concerned" about how poorly Gomez pitched as he barely recorded the save Monday despite giving up two runs.  The Cincinnati Reds hitters were all over Gomez' stuff and had no trouble catching up to his fastball which is beyond mediocre.  Remember Gomez' 6.16 K/9 last season was downright pathetic and far from a match for the ninth inning.  So again just one game into the season we have Gomez on the ropes which is no shock to me.  Going back to last season I said Neris is a future star as a closer and the fact he pitched the eighth Monday means he is the handcuff to own.  Neris is the real deal with a plus 11.00-K/9 rate and he should be in the role before too long.  Strike now if he is on your wire.

-Then there is the Oakland A's situation which was infuriating from the start with Bob Melvin saying he would possibly use a committee approach.  Well those who drafted Ryan Madson or picked up Sean Doolittle had to be banging their heads against the wall when they saw Santiago Casilla come in to nail down the save Monday night.  This is the same Casilla who was run out of San Francisco under a hail of blown save and who somehow managed to give up 5 runs in his last spring outing.  While he has decent K stuff, Casilla struggles with control and his fastball comes in too straight which gets him hit around.  Obviously though Casilla is the guy to own and he should be for the time being.  I will hold Doolittle a bit longer but it looks like (despite being the best arm in the bullpen) he will be passed over again.


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