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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: BLAKE PARKER THE FAVORITE FOR FIRST SAVE CHANCE ON ANGELS TO BEGIN YEAR

Despite some earlier reports that Cam Bedrosian was in the lead to be the Los Angeles Angels closer to begin the 2018 season, a report that came out late Monday night from Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register suggested that 2017 revelation Blake Parker would in fact remain first-in-line when the save chances are presented early on in the season.  Of course this bit of news should be taken with a firm grain of salt given the fact Parker has been beyond hideous this spring, while Bedrosian has always hinted at having closer-worthy stuff.  In Parker's defense, he was terrific a year ago in posting a 2.54 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and striking out 86 batters in 67.1 IP but his leash is likely going to be short if he struggles out of the gate.  We have seen many closers come out of nowhere like Parker did a year ago and then go into the toilet the following season (call it the 'Derrick Turnbow Effect') and it would not surprise me in the least if this is what happened to the guy.  Keep Bedrosian close just in case.

-Two names to be aware of early on are A.J. Ramos of the New York Mets and Nate Jones of the Chicago White Sox.  You know what?  Add Kyle Barraclough as well as these three represent the best chance for setup men who could easily take over their team's closer role before the month of April is through.  In Joakim Soria, Jeurys Familia, and Brad Ziegler, all three of these veteran arms have major warts/question marks that make their long-term standing as their team's closer very shaky.  Ramos, Barraclough, and Jones should all be owned as a hedge and like I said, it would not be a shock in the least if they lead their teams in saves this season. 


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