Oracle Report: Mound Musings
Everyone is always concerned about bullpens, rightly so mind you. To that end, I'll take a look at the shaky situation in Anaheim where a change could be coming. I'll also highlight two other jobs that may not be on the most solid of footing, those of the Indians and Orioles. Finally, I'll touch on three starting arms, two I like and one not so much.
(image) Ernesto Frieri has a huge arm. Witness his career K/9 mark of 12.26 and his current rate of 12.46. Batters swing and miss a frickin' ton at his balls (that didn't sound very good, did it?). Another interesting fact about Frieri is that his walk rate continues to tumble. Here are his BB/9 marks the last three years: 4.86, 4.09 and 3.93. This year that rate is 3.12, a career best. So success has followed, obviously. Not Continue...
Brandon Wallace - So nice of you to say, thank you. If your SPs were weak, don't like the idea at all of cutting Estrada/Kluber. Two very solid arms you gave up (I would suggest that your original group was actually rather strong, you just didn't give them enough time. Too bad). If you have a DL spot, of course store. Try Walker.
Dennis Bartley - I'd go Allen. All are in line for potential saves, but I prefer Allen's skills out of the three.
Love starting my day with you, Ray Thanks for your work! My pitching is struggling. Verlander, Bailey, Cain, and Liriano have all been underwhelming so far, and already had to cut bait on Estrada and Kluber to chase wins with streamers. My questions is this: is it too soon to start trying to stash the likes of Tiajuan Walker and Derek Holland in my DL slot, in hopes for a pitching boost? 12 TM H2H. Thanks!
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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