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Closer: Jonathan Broxton (DL)
LA continued their sadistic carousel Tuesday. Meet Guerra, the sixth Dodger to post a save this season. He shut the door last night with an eight-pitch, eight-strike shutout frame. In post-game chatter, Don Mattingly acknowledged Guerra's saves experience on the farm (three at Double-A Chattanooga this year, 27 career). The 25-year-old has come into his own in the last three seasons; though he still battled walk issues, he has the capable fastball and K/9 to do the job.
Caveat: Guerra was likely called upon chiefly because Guerrier and Jansen both pitched Monday night, so this is hardly a reason to go all-in on last night's savior.
Jansen's botched job Monday night might've had something to do with the Blue calling up highly regarded prospect Rubby De La Rosa yesterday; he didn't disappoint with a dominant 1-2-3 eighth-inning debut. Maybe RDLR's stuff forces him into the picture, but given their desire to use him in long relief, as well, it's hard to see the youngster getting a legit shot.
His long-term plan lines him up to start; if he spends 2011 in relief the 22-year-old could be this year's version of Jansen - a filthy K call-up that can stabilize your fantasy staff while maybe poaching a few saves.
Guerra and De La Rosa have live arms and are mysteries to major league teams - something the Blue need right now with their beleaguered relief corps and tightly bound purse strings. None of the other options have locked down the job while Broxton, Padilla and Kuo are sidelined, so there's a theoretical shot a member of the new duo can grab it.
If your league is deep enough or your need dire enough to test that, target Guerra first, but don't bet your mortgage. They're at minimum jeopardizing the short-term potential of Jansen, Guerrier and MacDougal. Despite his recent blunder, the former is the best option to stick with among the incumbent place fillers. See you on the next spin ... or committee meeting ... or whatever persistently pummeled joke goes here.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 3
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