Originally written on Razzball  |  Last updated 6/7/12
New York Yankees: On Friday, Jon Heyman reported that Rafael Soriano will remain the closer, even after David Robertson returns from his oblique injury in a week or two. I was a little harsh in my assessment of Soriano two weeks ago, as his May K/BB was a solid 3.67, vastly superior to his awful 1.17 ratio in April. Soriano is both throwing more strikes and getting more swinging strikes than he was in April, and moving forward, expect his numbers to resemble his May numbers (1.24 WHIP, 2.38 ERA), with perhaps an ERA closer to 3, and his increased slider usage (41%, up from 31% last season) could bring a slight boost to his 8.55 K/9. Robertson owners should hold him in case Soriano falters; any pitcher with a career 12.23 K/9 and improving peripherals while also holding the title of closer of the future should be employed anyway. New York Mets: Also securing his role as closer in New York is Frank Francisco. Weathering a 7.71 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in April, Francisco posted a 4.76/1.50 M...
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