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Andrew Bailey (elbow) is out indefinitely, so don't bank on a return for the final couple of weeks. Expect this righty (Wuertz) and lefty to handle any save opportunities for the A's for the rest of the season's final days.
Last night, Breslow nailed down a contest against the Chicago White Sox. The southpaw has better numbers (3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 66 K's in 68 2/3 innings) than Wuertz and can handle lefties or righties, judging from his splits. However, this season, he has been less efficient in save sitches.
Wuertz's 2010 numbers (4.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 40 K's in 38 2/3 frames) are misleading since he began the season on the DL and had mechanics issues initially. As fantasy owners remember, he filled in adequately earlier this season while Bailey was sidelined and Breslow proved less reliable. Since June, Wuertz has a 2.92 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 29 K's in 24 2/3 stanzas.
Last night, Wuertz faced the more imposing portion of Chicago's lineup in the eighth inning. That's probably a better indicator of whom Bob Geren trusts in high-pressure circumstances while Bailey is out, but each can be a target.
Shallow mixed: Consider
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