Roundtable: Bullpen Bets

Roundtable: Bullpen Bets
In this week's edition of the Fantasy Roundtable, the Rotoworld Baseball crew offers up several good stashes for saves.
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Carson Smith underwent Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow Tuesday.

The procedure was deemed a success, per Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. Smith will obviously miss the remainder of the 2016 season, and he could remain sidelined through the first half of 2017. The young right-hander was acquired from the Mariners this past winter as part of the Wade Miley trade. He'll sit on his shiny 2.00 career major league ERA for the next 13-15 months.
May 24 - 10:28 PM

Carlos Beltran launched a solo homer, drove in two runs and scored a pair of runs in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

R.A. Dickey left a knuckleball up in the fourth inning, and Beltran clubbed it into the right field seats. It was the veteran's 10th dinger of the season and fifth over his last 15 games. Beltran has collected 10 hits and 10 RBI over his last five contests.
May 24 - 10:24 PM

Julio Teheran struck out a career-best 12 batters over seven innings Tuesday, allowing one run, but still didn't factor in the decision against the Brewers.

Teheran gave up just three hits, one being a Ryan Braun solo homer, without walking a batter, but the Braves weren't able to muster much offense against Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson, either. It's been that kind of year for Teheran, who is just 1-4 but owns a stellar 2.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 59/17 K/BB ratio over 63 innings of work. The 25-year-old will next take on the Marlins on Sunday.
May 24 - 10:22 PM

Jimmy Nelson struck out eight batters over six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Braves on Tuesday.

Nelson scattered four hits and three walks, with only a Mallex Smith RBI triple in the fifth inning counting against him. Nelson has now turned in three straight starts of six innings or more with two runs or fewer allowed, lowering his season ERA to 2.92. Unfortunately for the 26-year-old, he's 0-1 in that three-game span and just 4-3 overall. Nelson will look for a better fate Sunday against the Reds.
May 24 - 10:21 PM

Justin Verlander punched out 10 batters across eight shutout innings in Tuesday's victory over the Phillies.

The Phils were simply overmatched in this one. Verlander yielded only three hits -- two singles -- on the night while walking a pair. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus elected to pull him rather than let him go for the shutout, as Verlander was sitting at 108 pitches. Verlander has two 10-strikeout games in a row and has allowed just four runs over his last four starts. He'll try to keep it going the next time out against the Angels.
May 24 - 10:17 PM

Nick Ahmed left Tuesday's game against the Pirates after taking a pitch off his face.

Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero caught Ahmed in the chin, an inning after striking Jean Segura in the side of the batting helmet. The pitches didn't look intentional -- just incredibly wild -- but Caminero was ejected anyway and both benches were warned. Ahmed will presumably be tested for both facial fractures and a concussion. He was able to walk off the field under his own power.
May 24 - 10:15 PM

Francisco Rodriguez allowed a run but hung on to record career save No. 400 in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

K-Rod got into hot water right off the bat by allowing a double to Freddy Galvis and single to Maikel Franco, but he retired the next three batters, giving up just the one run on a sac fly. The reliever becomes the sixth ever to reach the 400-save plateau, and he's the active leader in the category.
May 24 - 10:13 PM

Colby Rasmus was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Orioles for arguing a called third strike.

Rasmus took issue with Dana DeMuth's strike zone in the bottom of the sixth and apparently uttered one of the magic words. Jake Marisnick took over in center field. Rasmus finished the evening 0-for-3.
May 24 - 10:11 PM
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