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Friday, December 21, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ANDREW MILLER LOOKING LIKE CLOSING SOLUTION FOR CARDINALS

To say that the St. Louis Cardinals had massive instability at the closer position throughout 2018 would be a gross understatement and the crucial struggles there wound up dogging the team all season.  It began when prospective closer Trevor Rosenthal succumbed to Tommy John surgery and then a succession of replacements failed to hold things down such as what we saw out of Bud Norris or Jordan Hicks.  Given that remaining glaring hole, the Cards apparently are on the verge of signing top lefty setup man Andrew Miller to serve as their closer to begin 2019 and on stuff alone the guy is certainly capable.  Last season 's injury-fueled struggles aside (4.24 ERA), Miller has arguably been the most dominant setup arm in the game from 2014 through 2017 as he logged the following insane numbers:

2014:  2.02 ERA, 14.87 K/9
2015:  2.04 ERA, 14.59 K.9
2016:  1.45 ERA, 14.89 K/9
2017:  1.44 ERA, 13.64 K/9

Those are some seriously mind-boggling numbers as Miller has virtually been unhittable when healthy which he wasn't a year ago.  Be that as it may, Miller apparently has checked out on the health front for the Cards to be close to signing him and so graded him out as a closer to begin 2019 certainly looks like a very fantasy baseball-friendly thing.  If Miller is right physically, he can easily go back to his 2014-17 numbers and overnight become a top-five closer for 2019 fantasy baseball.  While there is not likely to be much of a discount on Miller given his glowing rep in the fantasy baseball community, he should be right there as one of the very best in the game nailing down saves this season. 


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