Huston Street back as Colorado Rockies stopper

by Keith Hernandez on May 1, 2009 @ 12:35:00 PDT

 


The Denver Post reports Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Huston Street has regained the closer's role with relief pitcher Manny Corpas struggling.

Street struck out the side in 15 pitches to earn his second save of the season against the San Diego Padres Wednesday, April 29. He owns an ERA of 6.10 with 11 strikeouts and just two walks in 10 1/3 innings pitched. He now positions himself on the third-base side of the mound, which has increased the effectiveness of his slider.

Corpas has surprisingly similar numbers to Street this year, with a 6.10 ERA in 10 1/3 innings to go along with five strikeouts and one walk. However, Corpas has struggled tremendously recently with Street coming on strong. Manager Clint Hurdle twice had relievers warming up in the bullpen with Corpas laboring in non-save situations this week.

The Rockies' closer situation has been hard to figure out after the first month of the season. Hurdle has been trying to find some consistency in the ninth inning and appears to be going with the hot hand in Street.

Corpas has been shaky in recent outings and seems to be dealing with mechanical issues. However, fantasy owners should not be so quick to dump him in their leagues. If Street reverts back to his early season struggles, Corpas could find himself right back in the closer mix. He will be used in low-pressure situations until he gets back on track.

Street's fantasy value jumps back up as he regains the ninth-inning responsibilities. Owners looking for some help in saves should immediately look to add him off the waiver wire if he is available. However, with the way things have been going in the Rockies' pen this year, Street could very well find himself back in the setup role if he proves ineffective. 

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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