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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:37:13 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game Monday, March 10, but he made it interesting. His ERA is at 4.50 and opponents are hitting .333 off him, and he has yet to reclaim the closer's role. Manager Ron Washington continues to stress that the ninth-inning job is up for grabs, and the team could commit to a committee, if necessary. RPs Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers are also competing for the job. Scheppers is also competing for a spot in the rotation.
"He's worked out his mechanics but we'd like to see his velocity get better," Washington said. "It doesn't have to be 98-99 but we'd like to see it get better and sustain it. His mechanics are better and he's using all his pitches. I believe his velocity will spike. He is a power pitcher, not a finesse pitcher." Feliz hit 94 mph twice Monday. Both Feliz and Soria are coming back from Tommy John surgery, but Soria is further along than Feliz.
FANTASY TIP: With Scheppers trying for a rotation gig, a committee approach with Feliz and Soria is very possible. Both closers should be owned, even in deep mixed leagues. Feliz remains the favorite, but Texas probably wouldn't mind to take a load off his shoulders, at least until his velocity gets to where they want it.
Source: MLB.com - T.R. Sullivan |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:12:33 -0700
Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards has two wins, four top-fives and seven top-10s in 19 career Sprint Cup starts at Bristol Motor Speedway. He owns an average finish of 15.9 at the track.
Source: KFFL.com |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:07:53 -0700
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill (knee) was diagnosed with a jammed right knee and is listed as day-to-day.
FANTASY TIP: Cahill apparently avoided a serious injury, but he may now be in danger of missing the team's two-game series in Australia to kick off the season. This shouldn't affect his fantasy value, unless he suffers a setback.
Source: MLB.com |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:07:53 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, March 10, at his greatest level of intensity yet. He's close to clearance to face hitters in batting practice. The club hasn't ruled out the possibility that he'll pitch in a spring game if he hits all their checkpoints before they head north. Those include at least two BP sessions. The organization may opt to keep him out of major league exhibitions so that they can backdate a disabled list stint, if desired. He could still appear in minor league games. Once Motte faces hitters, it's expected that the Cardinals will have a better idea of how long he'll be sidelined.
FANTASY TIP: St. Louis is in no rush to get Motte back. He likely won't be a serious factor in the first half. It's possible that he receives save chances by the end of the season, but for the most part, Motte is off the 2014 fantasy radar.
Source: MLB.com - Jenifer Langosch |