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Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: D-BACKS, TIGERS MAKING MOCKERY OF NINTH INNING

Another day and another nasty blown save for Detroit Tigers "closer" Francisco Rodriguez.  The guy I told you all to avoid like the plague this spring given my prediction he would be a major liability from the start, Rodriguez surrendered 3 earned runs in just .1 IP for his 4th blown save of the year.  The disgusting outing said his ERA to a pathetic 8.49 and his WHIP an unbelievable 2.06.  Despite this, the Tigers appear willing to continue on with K-Rod despite the more than ample proof he is completely shot as a pitcher.  Meanwhile Justin Wilson has been lights-out in front of Rodriguez in pitching to a 1.32 ERA and striking out 22 batters in just 13.2 innings.  Wilson needs to be owned in all formats as even the Tigers have to reach a point where enough is enough.  We think.

Similar to Rodriguez, the Arizona Diamondbacks have their own horrible ninth inning situation going as Fernando Rodney sits with a 10.80 ERA and 1.97 WHIP on the season.  While everyone in the fantasy baseball community knows Rodney is a joke, the D-Backs continue to believe he should be closing games over the much more capable Archie Bradley and to a lesser extent J.J. Hoover.  This is all about the "experience" angle as Rodney joins K-Rod and old friend Kevin Gregg as examples of guys who were continually put into the ninth inning despite having brutal stuff.  Rodney should have been removed from the closer role weeks ago but this charade continues on.  I still believe Bradley can be the latest failed starter to dominate as a closer given his potent fastball but the D-Backs still have not even thought of going this route.  We have seen Hoover fall flat on his face in the past when given the chance to close so he wouldn't be a guy we would feel comfortable about either.

All in all, these two situations are a joke and both K-Rod and Rodney should be pitching in setup or retired.  Those who own either guy should have them planted firmly on their benches until further notice and hopefully a chance is on its way so we can stop watching these two disasters they call pitchers.


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