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Monday, June 4, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT PHILLIES CLOSER AS SERANTHONY DOMINGUEZ STEPS UP

Given the season-long struggles of Hecter Neris in the ninth inning, there was no shock that Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler chose to bestow last Thursday's save chance to Hall of Fame-named Seranthony Dominguez which ended up being the right call as the hard-throwing rookie tossed two scoreless frames for the handshake.  The outing brought Dominguez' season totals to 13.2 scoreless innings with 15 strikeouts and just two hits given up and zero walks.  In other words, Dominguez has been almost perfect thus far as the 23-year-old seems like the new Edwin Diaz in terms of being a guy who came up from the minors striking everyone out and completely overwhelming opposing hitters.  While Kabler has not made the change official, the fact he had Neris pitching losing affairs in each of his last two starts is all you need to see here to realize Dominguez is likely the guy now.  It obviously is the right call since Neris has been battered around all season and there were already questions regarding his mental strength to handle the ninth inning.  As far as Dominguez is concerned, he has shown a nuclear arm all throughout his minor league development and even more impressive is that his previous control struggles seem to have been remedied so far this season.  Add it all up and Dominguez could be a monster add in terms of saves and strikeouts for the rest of the season as long as Kapler continues to give him a decent leash.  Add Dominguez everywhere and see where this goes. 


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