Originally posted on Razzball  |  Last updated 6/14/12
Oakland Athletics: After surrendering 3 baserunners and 3 runs in a blown save Friday, Brian Fuentes is out of the 9th in Oakland. He no longer misses bats; he owns a solid 9.38 career K/9 with a 11.3% swinging strike rate, but his 2012 numbers check in at a much less impressive 6.45 K/9, supported by a diminished 7.0% swinging strike rate. This is part of a multi-year trend, and if Fuentes isn’t closing, he isn’t worth owning. Ryan Cook is the obvious add, even if his walk rate (5.14 BB/9) is less than ideal. His .141 BABIP is not going to be sustained, but he’s a flyball pitcher in a flyball pitcher’s haven. Look for a low 3 ERA, a WHIP around 1.3 and a K per inning. Grant Balfour has pitched well in June, striking out over 29% of batters faced while owning a 1.42 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. His velocity has recovered from an early season drop, and if Cook falters, Balfour would likely get another shot at the 9th. For an update on Sean Doolittle, he’s now faced 15 MLB batters and struck ou...
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