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Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ROBERTO OSUNA COULD BE FACING 30-GAME BAN, RYAN TEPERA COULD SLIDE INTO NINTH INNING

There was a lot of news on the Toronto Blue Jays closing front on Thursday, with the first item being Fanrags' Jon Heyman reporting that closer Roberto Osuna could be facing as much as a 30-game ban by MLB for the alleged domestic violence incident he was involved in earlier in the month.  Still on administrative leave which goes until May 28th, Osuna will likely hear an official sentence from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred at or before that date.  Either way, Osuna is not likely going to be seen again until July which puts his fantasy baseball owners in a bind.  Be that as it may, Osuna has everything coming to him for being such a scum in the first place.

On a related front, a quick changing of the guard in the new Toronto bullpen hierarchy could be at hand as Osuna's replacement Tyler Clippard comes off the type of massacre (4 earned runs in .1 IP Wednesday evening) that gets you booted from a closer role and Ryan Tepera has continued to dominate in the eighth inning to where he is looking like a very viable alternative.  Clippard has been downright brutal in giving up a total of 6 earned runs in his last 2 IP and Tepera meanwhile is rocking a swell 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 26 K in 24 IP.  Picking up Tepera is the way to go here as Clippard didn't figure to have a long leash and with Osuna out for a while now, John Gibbons is not going to wait around for the former to get himself right as the AL East gets decided without them being involved.  

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