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Sunday, June 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ARODYS VIZCAINO HITS THE DL WITH SHOULDER SORENESS, WHO STEPS UP IN HIS PLACE?

Having battled shoulder scoreless off and on pretty much from the start of the season, the Atlanta Braves were finally forced to place closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 10-day DL early Sunday.  With Vizcaino already having recorded a splendid 1.82 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 33 K in 29.2 IP this season, the Braves will now be forced to turn one or both of the two following candidates which we will look at more closely below:

A.J. Minter:  The current favorite to inherit saves for the Braves while Vizcaino is out would be setup man A.J. Minter who came up a year ago striking everyone out and overall has had a decent 2018 in recording a 3.30 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 35 K in 30 IP while predominantly working the eighth inning.  Often the eighth inning man moves into the closer role when the incumbent is injured and Minter was called on for a save chance (which he blew) the other day.  13 walks in those 30 innings is troubling though and the 1.43 WHIP shows Minter could be a high-wire act.  Be that as it may, Minter has put forth scoreless appearances in five of his last six outings which he has over the next guy.

Dan Winkler:  No doubt the hard-throwing Winkler has been a revelation for the Braves this season as he has the better numbers across the board with a 2.73 ERA, 0.98 WHIP., and 41 K in 29.2 IP.  On the flip side though, Winkler has given up runs in three of his last six outings which includes a 4 earned run in .1 IP bomb the other night.  So the latter negative could put him behind Minter initially. 

All in all, this is a tough one to figure out as either guy could easily be a solid closer while Vizcaino is out.  If you have one spot to use, I would go with Minter but honestly, this could go either way. 


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