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  1. September Closer Thread 2018

    You mean rotoworld forums I assume? Huge difference...
  2. August Closer Thread 2018

    Yes that's true for a lot more teams now and I think it makes a lot of sense to do so. However, you have to be looking at each situation individually and in this particular case it wasn't a great thing to see Rondon in there in a non-save situation. I don't think you would have seen that happen if Osuna was not there either. Ask yourself what would have happened if Rondon gave up a run or two to make it a save situation in the 9th? You think Osuna wasn't going to come out then??? I am not writing Rondon completely off as I think he could see other save opportunities. Especially if Osuna somehow gets shaky all of a sudden (not likely) but I would bet the house that Osuna is going to get the SVO today should it present itself.
  3. Kelvin Herrera 2018 Outlook

    I think a closer with an era well north of 4.00 and a whip of 1.35 isn't doing his job in the least. I'll just say it was pretty terrible to own him on my team last year - as it has been since he's been in Washington. He's been very good outside of that though and the reason why I am holding him today...
  4. Kelvin Herrera 2018 Outlook

    His last 8 innings (4.50 ERA, 2.00 Whip) were not good either so not sure where you are drawing your information from. Only 5 K's as well so it's safe to say he wasn't getting much better. In baseball it's always "what have you done for me lately?" and his "lately" has been going on long enough. And don't forget he was terrible last year as well...
  5. Kelvin Herrera 2018 Outlook

    He has been awful but then again not a lot of good options in the pen anywhere. I wonder if there is something that has been bothering him that has caused him to be so poor in Washington? He started on fire this year but has been unable to do much since the move to the NL. I am hoping against hope that this dl stint will help him out. Not thinking it's very likely though...
  6. August Closer Thread 2018

    if closers who are secure in a spot (9th inning) they are not generally being used previous to that inning. Anything is possible but given the last 3 days ( 2 blown saves and 8th inning work yesterday) I would be very surprised if Osuna didn't get the save opportunity today should one present itself. Perhaps Rondon gets it still but you "lmao'ing" it as a possibility is pretty off the mark...
  7. August Closer Thread 2018

    It's very reasonable to think that Osuna might get the next save opportunity. When your guy comes into the 8th in a non-save situation, after blowing two previous opportunities and you have your future closer (with 100 + saves at 23 years old) ready to go, you'd have to be pretty unaware to think otherwise. And I own Rondon...
  8. August Closer Thread 2018

    Yes, if Hader is a one inning guy now (don't know that for sure yet) then he can pitch multiple days and likely will be used as a lights out closer. He may run with it for the rest of the year. Right now I think Knebel is going to be used only in a "can't hurt the team" role for awhile and will have to work his way back into meaningful innings. That may no longer be closer by that time. Crunch time now so you gotta go with the guys who are doing the job...
  9. Taylor Ward 2018 Outlook

    Enjoy him this year because it's a one and done deal. They are not going to mess with a kid who shot up offensively as soon as he moved away from the position. The only slim slim chance I can see is if the fantasy platforms (yahoo/espn etc.) somehow do something quirky like they did with Schwarber a couple of years ago. In 2015 he came up as a catcher but only played left field for the Cubs that rookie year. Still in 2016 he was granted catcher eligibility which made sense given he came up as catcher the previous year. But then got hurt after a few games so figured that was done because he was pretty much going to continue in LF. However, in 2017 he was given catcher eligibility again (in yahoo) which was odd given that it was a full two years since he had caught games, and was now coming off a serious knee injury. With Ward though it would be even more unlikely than this given his last year in the minors was already as a 3b. It would have to be an oversight on any platform imo which I am sure happens from time to time. It's unlikely to happen though I am sure many of us will be checking in on him as soon as player lists are released next March...
  10. August Closer Thread 2018

    Agree. Likeky both have to occur for a change in guard this year...
  11. August Closer Thread 2018

    It's possible that this is just an unusual year for him with blowups only in games that are not save opportunities. Doesn't mean he's actually a better pitcher in save opportunity situations as a rule. Given that logic the Astros should have only used him in save situations only. It tells you something that they didn't. The fact is he has blown plenty of saves (14) over the previous 3 years. And he has been pulled from the closers role at least 3 different times for not being able to shut the door previously. That's what I look at... If you owned him you certainly understand how unreliable he has been...
  12. August Closer Thread 2018

    I don't buy that personally and think it's mainly coincidental because he has blown plenty of saves in pretty spectacular fashion during his time with the Astros. I've owned him pretty much every year he's been in the majors and can say he"s never been a sure thing - how many closers are? However, between last year's playoff meltdown and this years antics I just don't see him as being simply a different pitcher (saves vs non-saves).
  13. Isiah Kiner-Falefa 2018 Outlook

    I think you'll see him keep doing basically what he's been doing. Prior to this minor slump he was on a nice streak to get his average near .280. Hasn't had a ton of regular at bats so not surprising he slumped a bit as well. I am thinking he finishes around .270 at at the end of the year but if he plays a bit more maybe a tad higher...
  14. Taylor Ward 2018 Outlook

    Nice start to your MLB career kid...
  15. August Closer Thread 2018

    Quite aware of that. However, the comments are still under one site and just looks silly if nothing else. Perhaps they should identify who is saying what to avoid in the future. Not the first time...