During the regular season, the Closer Hot Seat will be your go-to guide for Major League Baseball's bullpen chatter. During spring training, KFFL's Fantasy Baseball Bullpen Session will get you tuned up for the fantasy baseball saves chase. Camp happenings don't always impact closer battles, but if there's MLB news you should know for your fantasy baseball draft, you'll find it here.
Cue the "It's early!" cries, but the Brett Myers experience has been a rough one for the Houston Astros through three appearances: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 ER, with at least one plate crosser in each outing. Yikes.
Nicholas Minnix's opinion on the move was entertaining and informative. Regardless of their respective takes, fantasy folks are watching whether Myers can stay afloat by showing a similar velocity recovery that came when he switched from the rotation to the 'pen in 2007. Sure, the theory of doing so makes sense on paper, because you can go max-effort and dial up your No. 1 without worrying about conservation.
Robertson avoids disaster
The 31-year-old Myers isn't ancient, but he's old enough and plenty of time has passed to wonder how well he can make that same transition again. He sustained an efficient, control-friendly basis since re-entering the SP world by changing his approach and - at least somewhat by causation if not merely correlation - producing an overall decrease his four-seam velocity.
A vital footnote has been a floating Twitter discussion, which has included Astros social media notable Alyson Footer: Myers was susceptible to opposing offenses in the first inning of his starts last year before settling down as he began to eat innings.
At this stage, he's the type of arm that needs to enter a corner-painting groove and would seem to have difficulty overpowering hitters out of the gate. He has to outthink them most of the time. Just because he frequently got ahead with the first strike on hitters last year doesn't mean that'll translate when your back is against the wall in a save sitch.
We'll be hearing more reports about the new Myers' velocity; positive news on the subject could make him a slightly more intriguing No. 3 mixed stopper, but he has a long way to go to build up to anything more than a desperation selection.
- Kenley Jansen, a popular topic of late, suffered from shortness of breath Thursday night, which might've been heart palpitations; he missed time last year with a cardiac arrhythmia. He checked out OK Friday and was back on the field, complete with meds. It's something to monitor for the long term given his history, but it's nothing that should immediately concern you.
- David Robertson (foot) was on crutches recently after losing a battle with his staircase at home, but he has only a bone bruise, which means he should be ready for the regular season. The New York Yankees' RP is a valuable K arm for leagues that value setup contributions; he's probably behind Rafael Soriano in the totem pole of Mariano Rivera's replacements but is a solid speculation there, too.
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