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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: MARK MELANCON (PRONATOR) LANDS BACK ON DL

The very rough 2017 season for San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon continued on Wednesday when he was placed on the 10-day DL with a right pronator strain in his elbow.  This marks the second time Melancon has dealt with this type of injury this season and he is almost guaranteed to miss more than a month this time around since clearly he was not 100 percent recovered.  In between, Melancon has been brutal in pitching to an ugly 4.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP while also showing a drop in his K/9 rate amid declining velocity.  Melancon has not panned out so far in terms of the big free agent contract the Giants gave him this past winter to help solve 2016's rampant closer woes and his fantasy baseball standing can't be any lower.  Now attention turns to who will take over and already speculation is that retread Sam Dyson could be the guy.  This is puzzling since Dyson absolutely bombed out with the Texas Rangers to begin the season which got him released from the team.  Dyson has not been much better with the Giants as shown by his 4.91 ERA and 1.36 WHIP but he has 10 K's in 7 innings.  We would avoid Dyson if you can and actually take a stab with either George Kontos or Hunter Strickland to see if they get a shot at it.  Either way this is one big mess.


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