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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: BROKEN HAND TO KNOCK OUT HUNTER STRICKLAND FOR 6-8 WEEKS

The early front-runner for Dumbest Injury of the 2018 Fantasy Baseball season undoubtedly will go to San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland who suffered a broken hand after punching a door after leaving his Monday appearance.  The break was found on subsequent testing done after the game and now Strickland will miss the next 6-8 weeks and throw the Giants' closer spot in flux yet again.  The real shame of it all is that Strickland had been pitching great in the closer role in place of the injured Mark Melancon; recording a 2.84 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 29 K in 31.2 IP.  Now Strickland will be out until well after the All-Star break and he could be drop-worthy in deeper leagues.  In his place, manager Bruce Bochy said he would turn to either lefty Tony Watson (1.87, 0.95, 40 K in 33.2 IP) or Sam Dyson (2.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 26 K in 32.1 IP).  Since we have seen Dyson struggle badly closing games in the past, Watson would be the guy we would pick up if we had just one spot to use.  It was also telling that Bochy didn't mention the just recently returned Melancon who struck out the side the other day in the seventh inning. 


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