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Bonus Always Be Closing: Party Like It’s 1995

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Apr 15th 2008 8:00PM by Will Brinson
Usually we reserve for Mondays. But, much like 1995, the Braves and Indians are all the rage right now. Only this time, instead of being World Series opponents, they are the focus of closer issues. Both Peter Moylan and Joe Borowski — the current shutdown guys — were placed on the 15 day disabled list, leaving the closing duties open for two pretty cushy save situations.

Bobby Cox never officially named Moylan the closer in the ATL, and maybe it’s because he knew he could face “right elbow soreness” a little later down the road. Like, perhaps, today. Moylan had been absolutely dominant last season and equally as tough this year, nailing down his only save situation thus far. This works out “well” in the sense that the Braves need a roster spot for Buddy Carlyle, who was called up to take a rotation slot in the coming week. It works out “not well” in the sense that the previously deep pitching staff is getting thin quickly. Manny Acosta has a 7.20 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP on the season, but he’s only pitched five times this year and the one bad outing was that freakish debacle against the Pirates. Add him immediately in all deep and NL-only leagues and think about jumping anywhere else if you need saves.

Borowski has long been the bane of fantasy owners because of his ability to give up four earned runs en route to getting a save. In other words, no one understood why he kept the closer gig in the first place. Well, now he doesn’t have it. Or at least he doesn’t for the next 15 days as he’ll be spending that time on the disabled list. Taking his place will likely be Rafael Betancourt. Betancourt recorded 31 holds last year, the sixth highest totals in the MLB, so it’s pretty clear that Eric Wedge trusts him in a late inning role. Add in his 0.76 WHIP and a .184 BAA, and he’s a very nice candidate to add in nearly any league. If he pitches well in this gig, there’s no guarantee he gives it back.

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