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The Orioles need a starter on the bump. With Dylan Bundy currently resting his arm in the hopes that he will be able to avoid going under the knife, they will apparently turn to their other phenom on the hill, Kevin Gausman, Thursday. What should you be thinking about when considering whether Gausman is worth adding to you staff? The Orioles, Rays, Rockies and Nationals are dealing with some issues in their bullpens (I didn't even have the time to discuss the rocky situation that the Dodgers are currently trying to sort out with Kenley Jansen and Brandon League). What will those teams do moving forward in the 9th inning? Up the middle the Rays have a guy who is trending up while the Athletics have a guy that's heading south. We'll discuss.
Fernando Rodney is struggling this year. What a shock. I pegged this as a legitimate possibility this year when I barely had Rodney in my top-20 at the closer position in my preseason rankings. Is he going to lose his job working the 9th, and if he does who will take over for the Rays? Jed Lowrie has had a great start to the season, but his star is already fading. Should you be buying or dealing the middle infielder? Mark Reynolds continues to bash balls and now he might qualify at another position which will only enhance his fantasy value. Finally, maybe Jason Heyward isn't as big of a wuss as we thought. He'll start his rehab assignment this week and could return to action next week for the Braves. What's his outlook for the rest of the season?
It's all about pitching today with a breakdown of some once proud hurlers who are struggling, a surging starting pitcher in Chicago who was a reliever last seeason, and what the Dodgers are going in the 9th inning (hint, it's positive news for Jansen owners). We'll also hit on a few batters – Carlos Beltran and Emilio Bonifacio will get the once over – as we work our way around the diamond.