Ouch, ouch, ouch! Let’s hope the recent string of injuries to closers hasn’t affected your fantasy team too much. It seems as if Billy Wagner is going to be out longer than previously thought, George Sherrill hit the DL with shoulder inflammation, and Troy Percival is down (AGAIN!) with semi-serious knee issues.
Which of these not-so-great closers would you take a gamble on in H2H leagues: Fernando Rodney, Joel Hanrahan, and Eddie Guardado?
Curse those head-to-head leagues. One bad outing from a closer can ruin your fantasy week. A couple of good outings from a closer, however, could set you up well enough to win a few pitching categories. Let’s take this on a case-by-case basis.
Rodney had a really shaky outing on Friday, allowing two earned runs to score with a three-run lead. He hasn’t blown a save through his first six opportunities, but considering his ERA and WHIP, I wouldn’t bet on this trend continuing. Don’t take a gamble on Rodney, since he’s prone to blow up and ruin your week.
Hanrahan, a former starting pitcher prospect with the Giants, is a solid reliever who seems to be alternating good months (May, 2.66 ERA and July, 1.69 ERA) with bad months (April, 4.30 ERA and June, 5.40 ERA). That’s probably just an aberration, however. He doesn’t walk a lot of guys, strikeouts out quite a few, and has looked pretty decent so far. Give him a shot.
Guardado has been perfect through his first four save opportunities, but he may be headed out of Texas. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Guardado has been placed on waivers. If he goes anywhere, and the Twins should be the favorites, he won’t be closing. So add him cheaply if you can, knowing that he may not be closing for long.
Adam Wainwright – what do to with him?
Wainwright looked pretty good in his first outing since returning from the DL on Friday. He showed decent command, flashed a good curveball, and worked his way out of trouble. He’s definitely worth starting down the stretch, even when you consider the Braves don’t have such a good offense right now.
There is word that Ian Kinsler won’t be undergoing surgery for his hernia. What’s his status?
It’s good news that Kinsler isn’t about to undergo season-ending surgery, but don’t forget there is something wrong with him. Watch his rehab process this week. If he can’t do baseball-related activities, then it’s likely a hernia injury. Kinsler would then be done for the season, considering the Rangers’ standings situation. However, if he looks okay, expect him to come back.
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