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Thursday, May 31, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ROBERT GSELLMAN MAKING A MOVE ON JEURYS FAMILIA?

The incoming tweets began flying in seconds after New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia began trotting out for the EIGHTH inning and not the ninth during the team's victory over the Atlanta Braves.  While Familia got the job done by tossing a scoreless frame (although he gave up two hits), it was Robert Gsellman who came on to get the three outs for his second save in a scoreless ninth.  As a result, the fantasy baseball community got into a quick tizzy regarding whether or not a changing of the guard was taking place at the Mets closer position and Gsellman quickly became a big add.  With all that said, some clarity needs to be given here which is what we are here to offer.  First of all, right after the game Mets manager Mickey Callaway said that they only reason he used Familia in the eighth was due to the fact that the heart of the Braves order was due up and that it had nothing to do with a demotion.  While unconventional, the Mets were at "rock bottom" which was a direct quote by Callaway prior to the game and that getting a win was incredibly crucial given all the negative vibes surrounding the team of late.  Thus, Callaway did whatever he had to do to secure the win and that involved using Familia in the eighth.  Leading into the game, Familia had thrown scoreless outings in five of his previous six appearance but the one negative was that two-earned run blown save last week.  Be that as it may, Familia's numbers trump Gsellman no matter where you look and so making a change would not make statistical sense.  So while there are those who may think Gsellman is the guy, this is simply not the case.  Now things could very well change in the future if Familia begins to have more consistent difficulties but for now, nothing needs to be done here in terms of actionable adds.


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