Closer Depth Chart
In this weekly closer depth chart by Shawn Childs, track every bullpen in the MLB with this handy visual tool. You’ll know every promising or struggling arm as well as an ability to monitor the movements of relievers as they climb their way toward the ninth inning! Premium members also have access to the weekly closer report.
No major bullpen changes since last week.
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Ross Stripling Joins Dodgers’ Rotation
It was only a matter of time before Ross Stripling found himself back in the starting rotation. The Dodgers made it official Monday night and Stripling will replace Rich Hill beginning Tuesday night.
Those who have stashed Stripling all season are going to be rewarded and if he’s still available, add him. The Dodgers were deciding between Stripling and Julio Urias and it wasn’t surprising to see Stripling get the job as they limit the innings of Urias.
Stripling was a target for me in drafts considering the history of health problems for Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Walker Buehler.… Continue reading ...
As Yordan Alvarez homered every day at Triple-A, many were wondering when the Astros prospect would get the call to the majors. Even with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer injured, Alvarez still sat in the minors.
In leagues where he was available, many have stashed him. The waiting has finally paid off. Alvarez was called up to the Astros Sunday, and Alvarez hit a 413-foot two-run homer to left-center. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and should be owned in all leagues. The 21-year-old had a .343/.443/.772 line with 23 home runs and 71 RBIs at Triple-A Round Rock.
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard had one of his best performances of the season, throwing seven scoreless innings with one hit, two walks and struck out seven in a win over the Rockies.… Continue reading ...
Hyun-Jin Ryu has already exceeded expectations. The Dodgers left-hander has been dominate and one of the best pitchers in baseball. The easy thing to do is cash in on him now and sell high. Is this the right thing to do?
For anyone who doesn’t have Ryu on a roster, it’s easy to say sell him and a lot of the reasons make sense. The biggest reason Ryu went in the middle rounds of drafts was his injury history. He missed three months with a groin injury last season and missed time over the last several seasons due to shoulder inflammation, elbow tendonitis and shoulder surgery.
If you don’t believe in Lucas Giolito now, what will it take? The White Sox right-hander was dominant again throwing 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing five hits, no walks and struck out nine in a 2-0 win over the Indians Sunday. He had 18 swinging strikes and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts. Giolito has a 2.54 ERA, 0.95 WHIP with a 78:20 K:BB ratio. Alex Colome closed it out for his 12th save.
It didn’t look good for Nick Pivetta in his first game back from the minors on earlier in the week as he allowed two home runs and three runs in the first inning.… Continue reading ...