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Monday, April 17, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: WHISPERS JEREMY JEFFRESS COULD BE NAMED OVER MATT BUSH AS TEXAS CLOSER

With the Sam Dyson disaster finally at its end point now that he comes off a third blown save Sunday to go with an ERA bloated up to 27.00, attention has turned to who will be named in his place.  The assumption all along has been the Matt Bush would be the guy given the fact he has pitched in the eighth in front of Dyson since the beginning of the year and given the fact his high K-rate (8 in 4.2 IP) makes him conducive to success there.  While this makes sense on paper, Bush is a bit of a tough case given the fact he is just coming back from a shoulder scare and the Rangers are also cognizant about not putting too much pressure on his shoulders given his past history of off-the-field issues.  Also keep in mind that the Philadelphia Phillies didn't give their own eighth inning guy Hector Neris the closing gig when Jeanmar Gomez predictably coughed it up and instead went with experience in veteran Joaquin Benoit.  The same thing is being rumored in Texas where veteran and former closer Jeremy Jeffress is the favorite to be handed the closer gig in place of Dyson as soon as Monday.  Jeffress stumbled himself early this season but his ERA is down to 3.00 with three straight scoreless outings.  Keep in mind Jeffress did a nice job closing games for the Milwaukee Brewers the year prior before being dealt to Texas and again the experience edge is big in situations like this.  So if you have one spot to use, go with Jeffress over Bush given all these factors.


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