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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSER WRAPUP: MATCHUPS DOMINANT OAKLAND BULLPEN USAGE

As always let's get right to the latest from the world of the volatile closer:

-Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin confirmed the obvious on Monday that Sean Doolittle and Santiago Casilla would split the closing duties based on matchups going forward.  Doolittle got the save on Monday versus the Kansas City Royals with the lefties coming up in the ninth, while Casilla worked the eighth.  This is obviously frustrating for fantasy baseball owners of the two but both should be owned.  

-Addison Reed got his second save in two days but this time he gave up a leadoff solo home run to muddy things a bit.  Jeurys Famila will be back soon though so Reed's time is almost up in the ninth inning.  

-I said during spring training that San Diego Padres closer Brandon Maurer is a disaster waiting to happen and he started to show why by giving up 2 runs in a non-save chance on Monday.  Carter Capps is the guy you want to own here as Maurer doesn't miss enough bats to be worth of pitching in the ninth long-term.

-Mark Melancon has not exactly been smooth so far for the San Francisco Giants, with one blown save under his belt.  He gave up a leadoff double Monday night before settling down and getting the save.  The track record speaks for itself though as Melancon has been nearly flawless finishing games the last two years.  


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