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Yesterday's BS meltdown: two walks, a run-scoring groundout and two hit batsmen following a one-out error by Alcides Escobar. For starters: It's going to take more than that to strip Broxton of primary save duties anytime soon. Fantasy players know Holland's likelihood of being on deck for saves and that he's worth a stash.
Even with team-management patience in mind, you can't ignore issues that, if not corrected, could soon jeopardize Broxton's job security.
The Royals' broadcast team revealed that Broxton said he put his split-finger fastball, a former go-to offering, on the shelf because it put too much stress on his elbow; this probably was an effort to conserve his arm early on. The fact that he was frequently missing up and inside might signal that it's time for him to reinstate the splitter; the team aimed for him to slowly work back into full form and arsenal.
Though his velocity was potent throughout the disastrous inning - he hit 98 mph on the broadcast gun at one point - Brox wasn't following through on pitches after the Escobar error. He was a little tall on his delivery, which caused most of the post-gaffe pitches to stay up. Cripes, he was nibbling while facing Eric Sogard.
The mixed results from Broxton's March seem to be spilling over. His rattled demeanor after allowing a base runner doesn't speak well of the closer experience KC valued when they signed him. His once sturdy rep was enough to convince the Royals that once in their uni, his skills would come back.
A three-K perfect save this past Sunday shows a hint of the old Brox in there, but he needs to remain calm when the bags have occupants. He was pitching from the stretch the whole time on Wednesday, but is he changing his approach with runners on?
Maybe he'll get a brief break. He's still the leader but will need to work his way back into Ned Yost's good graces quickly.
Job security score: 4
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