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Fantasy Baseball Closer Changes In The Cards for St. Louis

Posted by on Aug 17, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

With Chris Carpenter headed to the DL, possibly out for the year for the Cardinals, Adam Wainwright, speculated to return as a closer, will now return as a starter. With Chris Perez succeeding as the closer, and showing up big in big pressure situations, the Cardinals are going with him down the stretch. Perez is owned in just 2/3 of ESPN leagues, if he is available in your league, grab him while you can. Since his callup, Perez has pitched in 6 innings, over 5 games, recording 4 saves, 2 of the saves being 5 out saves. He has also allowed just 2 hits and 4 walks while striking out 9 in his 6 shutout innings. (Stats are up to date to 8/15/08’s 2/3 inning...

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Fantasy Baseball Closer Quick Tips

Posted by on Aug 15, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

While there is no doubt that saves are over-valued in fantasy baseball, having effective closers on your roster can make the difference down the stretch. Several closer roles in fantasy baseball are suddenly up in the air. Who you add or drop to rack up saves in the next few weeks can be the difference maker in playing for a fantasy baseball championship… or giving your fantasy football some extra September attention. Consider some of the players in these “up in the air” closer situations. Pittsburgh Pirates: Owned in just 38% of ESPN leagues, John Grabow has been outstanding in save situations in August. In three save opportunities, he has pitched three scoreless innings, picked up three saves, and only allowed one hit. Incumbent closer Matt Capps is ahead of schedule in his return from the DL, but Grabow...

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Fantasy Baseball Injuries And Consequences

Posted by on Aug 12, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

One constant frustration for fantasy baseball players is the presence of highly valued draft picks on the disabled list. But down the stretch, the best thing about those draft picks you stashed on the DL is that they come back, and can lead you to championship glory. What is the timetable for the return of some top fantasy baseball stars to help your team down the stretch? Phil Hughes, New York Yankees: On the DL since 4/30 with a strained right oblique, Hughes began his rehab assignment on July 29th. In 11.3 innings, Hughes has allowed 6 hits, 1 run and 4 walks, striking out 8 in three games with Single-A Charleston and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. “It feels like it’s almost to that point where I can throw a full start,” Hughes told The Scranton Times-Tribune. According to the New...

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Wanted: Fantasy Baseball Closer, St. Louis Cardinals

Posted by on Aug 8, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa has had enough. In the middle of a division race in the NL Central, he needs to find a reliable ninth-inning stopper. Unfortunately for you and your fantasy team, he’s rolling out a fantasy baseball player’s worst nightmare… the Closer-By-Committee!!!! Can Fantasy Baseball Dugout offer any insider tips to you, so you can make sure you have the right guy in your lineup? Here are the closer suspects: Jason Isringhausen (38.7 innings, 1 win, 5 losses, 6.28 ERA, 12 saves): Izzy has had success for the Cardinals over the years, and as a closer in general since 2000. He’s picked up 32 or more saves in 8 straight seasons. He has struggled this year, picking up just 12 saves before losing his job back in May when he hit the DL. Following...

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Wanted: Fantasy Baseball Closer, New York Mets

Posted by on Aug 6, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

Billy Wagner has hit the DL for the New York Mets, and the prognosis doesn’t look good.  How long will he be out? Who’s going to replace him? And, most importantly, how are you going to replace him on your fantasy roster? The Suspects: Aaron Heilman (59 G, 60.1 IP, 62 H, 38 ER, 9 HR, 28 BB, 67 K, 5.67 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, .265 BAA): Currently listed as the team’s closer, Heilman has pitched horrendously  post-all star break. His 13 ER in just 10.3 innings equates to an ERA of 11.32, WHIP of 2.42, and BAA of .356 post-break. His line from last night’s game shouldn’t change anyone’s mind, either – 0.3 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 3 earned runs. With just 6 career saves, this guy wouldn’t be on this list without the team saying he would...

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