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Friday, June 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ROBERT GSELLMAN BECOMES MAJOR PERSON OF CLOSING INTEREST AS JEURYS FAMILIA HITS THE DL WITH SHOULDER SORENESS

Already there were reports and whispers that New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia was growing disenchanted with the way new manager Mickey Callaway was using him and now we get word Friday that he has hit the DL with a bout of shoulder soreness.  Having come back from surgery to remove a clot in his shoulder a year ago, Familia was dominant in April before becoming a bit more inconsistent in mid-May and into June which also involved Callaway having him pitch in the eighth inning on two separate occasions.  Familia reportedly was upset by the eight innings cameos and also with his overall usage since Callaway came over prior to the season and you have to wonder if the shoulder going bad is related.  In the meantime, Robert Gsellman is the add as he pitched the ninth on the two occasions Familia was in the eighth.  Despite failing miserably as a starter in 2017, Gsellman has done very well in relief this season with a 3.19 ERA and 8.84 K/9.  Gsellman has no track record closing games though which we all know is a whole different animal so this is far from a given.  Add Gsellman anyways given the solid work so far and hopefully he takes to the gig quickly. 


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