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Fantasy Baseball Cheers or Tears: Another Closer Losing His Job | Streaming Pitchers

Jake Ciely Senior Writer April 13, 2017 10:19AM EDT
We’re deep into the second week of the Fantasy Baseball season, and we have quite a few interesting starts. We also have another closer on the precipice of losing his job. Yay, closer headaches! This week, we have another five pitchers that we can cheer or shed a tear over… well, we will have five once Francisco Liriano makes his second start. I plan to break down his early season, but it would be wise to include Thursday’s start, so check back on Friday.

As always, we use SOBB (breakdown here) as the initial base when projecting a pitcher’s future performance.

Range of starting pitcher SOBBs (K-BB%) and the values they hold.

SOBB Rating
20.00-plus Terrific
16.00-19.99 Great
13.00-15.99 Good
11.00-12.99 Average
8.00-10.99 Poor
under-7.99 Awful

Range of relief pitcher SOBBs (K-BB%) and the values they hold.

SOBB Rating
25.00-plus Terrific
20.00-24.99 Great
16.00-19.99 Good
12.00-15.99 Average
8.00-11.99 Poor
under-7.99 Awful

Cheers or Tears

Sam Dyson, TEX – As with Jeanmar Gomez, who we covered last week, Dyson could be out of a job – well, closer’s job – by the time you read this. Dyson has blown three saves already with a 33.00 ERA (no, not a typo) and just two strikeouts to three walks in 3.0 IP. If not for Matt Bush suffering through an AC joint injury, Dyson might have lost the job already. Go pick up Jeremy Jeffress now. Dyson had a respectable ERA in each of the last three years, topping out at 2.63 in 2015, but he’s never been an elite level closer thanks to his mediocre strikeout ability. Dyson’s SOBB was 9.9, 16.2 and 11.2 the last three seasons, while Bush was 19.3 last year and 25.0 so far this season. As for Jeffress, his SOBB isn’t much better than Dyson’s, but he did save 27 games last year, which gives him the advantage for experience in the bullpen. Dyson could recover, but as stated, he could also be a setup man before long.

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