Friday, May 10 - 10:22 PM
Heath Bell was a dominant closer. Then came last season. Signed by the Marlins to anchor their bullpen, Bell completely fell off a cliff. His velocity escaped him. His control escaped him. Everything escaped him.
So why on earth am I planning on putting in a high bid on him in Tout Wars this week? Because saves is a category, and Bell has actually pitched fairly well this year as part of the bridge to closer J.J. Putz. Well, now that bridge is broken because Putz is broken. The oft-injured Putz will be sidelined for awhile, possibly through the end of the season, due to an elbow strain, and to most people's surprise, Bell, not David Hernandez, has taken over closer duties for Arizona. And since I already own Hernandez and only have two closers, one of them being the shaky Steve Cishek, cornering the market on D-Backs saves sounds like a great idea. Of course, there's always the possibility that Bell forgets it isn't 2012 anymore and totally blows up now. Shhh. Let's not think about that.
Saturday, May 11 - 3:40 PM
Rajai Davis was the answer to my Tout Wars squad's stolen base deficiency. Thanks to Rajai, I'm in the middle of the pack in steals. Without Rajai, my early-season $1 FAAB pickup, I would be near the bottom in steals. I'll be without Rajai for 2-3 weeks now, as a strained oblique has forced him to the DL. This is bad news. Very bad news. I need to do something fast. Make a trade? If the price of a decent speedy outfielder isn't over the top, maybe. But it's not like I'm particularly deep in any one area. Head over to the waiver wire? Are there any stolen base contributors on the waiver wire worth even a single FAAB dollar? Or even a single roster spot?
I've got a lot of thinking to do.
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