Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Carlos Marmol, Jason Motte, more

by Tim Heaney on April 5, 2013 @ 11:23:44 PDT

 

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Mound meetings

Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen
You better watch your speed

His Wednesday appearance didn't involve a save try, but John Axford failed to limit the Milwaukee Brewers' deficit to one run. The Colorado Rockies tagged him for five hits and three runs, which came on two homers. It's only 1 2/3 innings on the year, but he's allowed three taters (six hits total) while displaying sloppy velocity and location.

Ron Roenicke isn't likely to make a move just yet, but there's no reason to avoid stashing Jim Henderson, the presumptive choice to replace a dethroned Ax man.

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Casey Janssen did his best to show his shoulder is up to speed by appearing on consecutive days, striking out three in two combined stanzas (27 pitches), with Thursday's effort producing a save. In an effort to continue monitoring his early-season work, however, the Toronto Blue Jays have removed him from consideration for Friday action, leaving a possible brief takeover for Sergio Santos (Steve Delabar? Darren Oliver?).

It doesn't hurt to keep Santos within waiver wire reach, but so far, so good for the incumbent.

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The San Francisco Giants let Sergio Romo loose on back-to-back days as he logged a save on Tuesday and Wednesday. He struck out two over two perfect frames on just 26 pitches (14 and 12, respectively). When he's active, he's dynamite. The Giants, in fact, stated this winter and spring that they wanted to preserve his arm; this is a positive step for their stopper, but don't ignore the possibility they'll start resting him more when the season hits the summer months.

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