Here are fantasy news and notes from Major League Baseball on Sunday May 26th 2013.
Joe Maddon says he is sticking with Rodney as his closer: Fernando Rodney blew his fifth save of the season on Saturday, and it is safe to say that Fernando is not the same pitcher that he was in 2012. If you look at Rodney’s numbers on the season he is pitching much more like the Fernando Rodney of old than the Rodney of 2012. So this regression really isn’t unexpected, but it is a little disappointing for fantasy owners. If Rodney continues to pitch poorly the Rays will be forced to make a change, and Joel Perelta will be the one to get the closers role. Perelta should be someone that you start to consider adding if you are in need of speculative saves. I looked last night and I know he is all ready taken in my 12 team 40 man dynasty league.
John Axford has pitched well of late: Jim Henderson was placed on the 15 day DL on Saturday, and the Brewers are now in need of a replacement closer. John Axford has pitched well of late, but I really hope he does not get a chance at the closers role. Francisco Rodriguez has pitched well since joining the Brewers, and should be given the first chance to prove that he can still pitch in high leverage situations. Axford over the past two season has pitched well in short stretches, but in the long run has been a pitcher that you can not trust in high leverage situations. I hope Rodriguez gets the shot, but I know Ron Roenicke loves Axford to a fault.
Mike Minor dominates Mets on Saturday: Mike Minor pitched very well again on Saturday, and improved his pitching line to an ERA of 2.47 and a WHIP of .093. I think this success will continue for Minor and is a pitcher that should be targeted as someone to trade for in all leagues
On Sunday I have a couple of options of you are need of a pitcher to stream.
The first option is Bartolo Colon pitching against Houston. Colon has pitched okay this year, but is his match-up against Houston that make his a viable pitcher to stream.
The second option is Dylan Axelrod pitching against the Marlins. My reasoning is the same as with Colon. Typically Axelrod is a pitcher you would never hope would be pitching for your fantasy team, but against the Marlins he is someone you can take a risk with.