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Though Antonio Bastardo could still do the job if his companion needs a day off, it looks like Ryan Madson's period of being eased into closing is ending. He has converted the Philadelphia Phillies' last two save chances, including a perfect eight-pitch 10th Monday. Despite being the secondary option, Bastardo is well worth owning in mixed leagues for those who could use a stat-tuning RP.
Madson taking back reins
- It came during a tied score last night, but New York Mets stopper Jason Isringhausen allowed a grand slam in the 10th frame to take the loss. The fact that Izzy wasn't swapped at the trade deadline shows the Amazins want to keep him around, at least to mentor the young RPs. He might only remain closer until he nets his 300th save.
Isringhausen owners should continue to ride this wave if they're desperate for saves, but they - and other closure seekers - should tuck away Bobby Parnell, who could still factor into this situation at least in a part-time role before the season ends.
About Tim Heaney
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During baseball and football season, hear him every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. On Thursdays, he visits 106.1 FM WMTI in New Orleans and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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