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I mean, neither of them are playing in the majors at the moment ... So ... what we were told WAS true ...

"X-itis" means inflammation of the X.  There I just saved you 200k in student loan debt.

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He pitched on Sunday, so you wouldn't think so, but tonight was only his 3rd appearance so far this month.  Still, figures he comes in and takes a giant dump on the mound.  Just what I needed...

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23 minutes ago, BMcP said:

Umm...are any closer people worth rostering?

 

This is really sad. Makes me want to just find a different pitching cat for my league next year...and not holds nor s/h. I usually enjoy chasing saves, but it just seems to be awful this year. 

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Not sure as of yet if Barnes has the testicular fortitude to close out games.  Or maybe it’s just a matter of being lobotomized like Jack Nicholson at the end of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.  How much do we really know about guys like Mariano Rivera and Dennis Eckersley?  We already have some idea about Aroldis Chapman with him shooting up his garage.  Less brain activity is optimal.  Just how dumb is Barnes?

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How are people feeling about Minter being given another shot to close with the Braves? I would imagine they would prefer to keep their options internal and not give up assets for a closer (altho who knows).. Minter was decent (not spectacular) in his recent demotion and has since pitched twice since being recalled.

Very tough to read many closer situations at the moment.. ATL is no different.. what do people think?

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Also, getting away from Minter... 

Is Leclerc officially done as closer in Texas? meaning he wont be given the chance again this year based off what people are reading. Woodward keeps saying he intends to go back to him.. but as the days tick away.. its becoming less and less likely.

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1 hour ago, jonninho said:

How are people feeling about Minter being given another shot to close with the Braves? I would imagine they would prefer to keep their options internal and not give up assets for a closer (altho who knows).. Minter was decent (not spectacular) in his recent demotion and has since pitched twice since being recalled.

Very tough to read many closer situations at the moment.. ATL is no different.. what do people think?

 

If Minter could actually pitch good I think he could overtake Jackson.  From a redraft perspective I'm not really convinced this guy can pitch good.

 

To me it seemed like a foregone conclusion that as long as ATL is in contention they will likely hunt for relief help.  My money is on their second half closer being on a different team/free agency.

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I really don't know what to make about the Toronto situation. They announced Biagini would close in Giles' absence, but tonight's usage would indicate otherwise. I don't know if either are worth the trouble if Giles is really only going to miss 10 days. 

Elias might get another shot to close after Bass blew it tonight.

Also re: ATL... Swarzak has pitched really good since coming to ATL. 10.2 IP w/ an .84 WHIP and .84 ERA, 14 K/5 BB
He might be ahead of Minter, but who knows.

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7 hours ago, Flyman75 said:

Will Boston give Hembree a chance to close games out? Or are they biding their time with the guys they have until they trade for a closer?

Boston isn't using closers.  Have you not noticed that, heh?   And Hembree can be really really bad at times through the years.  If he is on a good streak now he will soon get on one of his bad ones.

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5 hours ago, nlm said:

I really don't know what to make about the Toronto situation. They announced Biagini would close in Giles' absence, but tonight's usage would indicate otherwise. I don't know if either are worth the trouble if Giles is really only going to miss 10 days. 

Elias might get another shot to close after Bass blew it tonight.

Also re: ATL... Swarzak has pitched really good since coming to ATL. 10.2 IP w/ an .84 WHIP and .84 ERA, 14 K/5 BB
He might be ahead of Minter, but who knows.

 

Biagini came on with 2 on and 1 out in the 8th..the hope was that he could shut the door and close out the 8th and 9th.  But he struggled.  So they turned to a LHP and then Hudson was their only decent arm left.  Bagini was mentioned as the new "closer".  I expect he will get at least a few more chances until Giles comes back.

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