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Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: JACOB BARNES LOOKS LIKE COREY KNEBEL REPLACEMENT AT FIRST GLANCE

As I said yesterday on Twitter and also on the website, I grew to believe that Jacob Barnes would be the guy to get the first crack at a save for the Milwaukee Brewers replacing the injured Corey Knebel who will be out for the next two months with a serious hamstring injury.  As soon as Knebel got hurt, I Tweeted that Josh Hader would get the first crack but then the more I thought about it the more Jacob Barnes made more sense.  Hader is the latest Andrew Miller/Archie Bradley multi-inning reliever that can lock down the important frames anywhere from the 4th to the 8th and so I eliminated him given the trendy nature of baseball. I instead focused on Matt Albers and Barnes; throwing out Jeremy Jeffress and Dan Jennings since the latter two don't seem worthy of the spot.  Friday gave us an indication how manager Craig Counsell will go forward with this as Hader was the first arm out of the bullpen and went for two IP, Jeffress followed with 1.1, and then Albers for two.  Both Hader and Jeffress gave up a run and Albers got the win.  No save chance and no Barnes.  While Barnes also could have been rested after a recent heavy workload, he also could have been preserved for a save.  Ultimately, I think Barnes is the top choice right now for saves followed by Barnes.  I think.....,,,,,Dan Jennings anyone?  

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