The Promise of Youth

The Promise of Youth
A few older closers are still making it work, but the promise of youth is too much to ignore, in your pens, and in your lineups. This is Saves & Steal...
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Mets manager Terry Collins said he's sticking with Jose Valverde as his closer.

Collins was pressed about his closer situation after Valverde allowed two home runs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks. It was the second straight outing in which Valverde served up a homer, and he's allowed five runs over his past two appearances. The 36-year-old may still be the go-to guy for now, but his leash can't be too terribly long at this point.
Apr 16 - 8:10 PM

Brandon Crawford is not in the Giants' starting lineup for Wednesday's game due to a tight right hamstring.

Crawford downplayed the injury, saying he could have played if needed. As it is, he'll be available off the bench for manager Bruce Bochy and hopes to be back in the lineup Thursday. Joaquin Arias started at shortstop in his place Wednesday.
Apr 16 - 7:45 PM

Dillon Gee allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

In his fourth start of the year, Gee kept the Diamondbacks hitters off balance all day. Arizona runners never got past second base during Gee's watch, as he didn't walk a batter while striking out three. The dominance secured Gee's first win of the year, and he'll go for two in a row Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Apr 16 - 7:38 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Kole Calhoun will miss 4-6 weeks with a bad ligament sprain.

It's a tough blow to the Angels and fantasy owners, as Calhoun was really turning it on before the injury. Calhoun had seven hits in his last 15 at-bats prior to rolling his ankle late in Wednesday's game. The Angels will rely on Collin Cowgill and Brennan Boesch in right field for the time being, but the team may take a look at external options now that Calhoun will miss significant time.
Apr 16 - 7:36 PM

Bruce Chen has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to a tight left glute muscle.

Chen said he's been dealing with the tweaked glute for about a week, which might explain the Twins getting to him for six runs in 3 2/3 innings his last time out. James Shields' start was bumped up to Thursday to accommodate, and the hope is that Chen will be ready to start Saturday's game -- a rematch with those Twins -- instead.
Apr 16 - 7:27 PM

Jose Valverde allowed two solo home runs in a non-save situation during Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Called on to protect a five-run lead, the closer promptly served up back-to-back jacks to Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt before escaping without further damage. The idea that he wasn't sharp because it wasn't a save situation might apply under different circumstances, but Valverde was beat up by the Angels his last time out as well. This carriage might be quickly turning back into a pumpkin.
Apr 16 - 7:20 PM

Eric Young went 1-for-4 while stealing two more bases in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Young has been a thief on the basepaths to start the year, as he's now got nine steals without being caught. That mark is good for second in the National League. He also scored his league-leading 12th run in the game. There's no reason he shouldn't be in an everyday fantasy player right now.
Apr 16 - 7:14 PM

Martin Prado went 3-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

Prado had just two hits in his previous 20 at-bats coming into the game. The third baseman didn't cross the plate, as the scuffling Diamondbacks' offense registered only two solo home runs on the day, but he's still scored 10 runs through the team's first 18 games.
Apr 16 - 7:06 PM
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