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MLB News and Notes: Week of April 23

I usually do not record baseball games and watch them, but last Friday night was the exception. This was because the Dodgers were playing the Nationals, and the pitching matchup was Max Scherzer versus Clayton Kershaw. First, this was the first time two pitchers with three or more Cy Young Awards have matched up since 2006. Second, I took a little grief during the Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational when I took Scherzer with the eighth pick over Kershaw. At least for one night, Scherzer was just a bit better, as he allowed…

Orioles Lose Zach Britton, Brad Brach Likely Closer

Zach Britton has ruptured his Achilles tendon and will be out four to six months. The injury removes one of the game’s best closers until at least mid-way into the 2018 season. The Orioles need to determine the extent of 29-year-old lefty’s injury and decide how much they'll pay of his arbitration salary. They've already extended him a contract, so they are on the hook for part of it. They could release him before the 16th day of spring training and pay him only one-sixth of his salary. Likely, they'll wait until then to…

The Closer Catch-Up: Fantasy Baseball Week 19

Things to do when you reach 40: rewatch M.A.S.H, enjoy the fact that all of your favorite movies are now re-released in color, recite "Hi hungry, I'm Dad" joke, despise all modern day music, suddenly claim that Sprite is "too spicy." Yeah, so turns out Fernando Rodney ain't about that boring life. The 40-year-old righty has had one hell of a week, and if you wrote him off during the offseason, sucks to be you, because this old tom cat has plenty of purrrrr left in him. In the span of three days, Rodney notched three…

Dynasty Dugout Mid-Season Keeper/Dynasty Rankings: Relief Pitchers

This will be the last installment of the mid-season dynasty rankings. I’ve saved the best for last, too. Yeah, right. Who am I kidding? Ranking relievers is more or less a crapshoot. You got your few elite options and then the rest is anyone’s guess. Over half of the relievers that were closers to start 2016 are either now in middle relief or retired. Below are the top 40 reliever options in dynasty leagues today. There are many guys you could debate here, and this list will probably change dramatically come spring time.…

The Closer Catch-Up: Fantasy Baseball Week 18

Great times are waiting. Grab some Bud. Bud Norris gave up another four earned runs against the Blue Jays on Sunday. His total now sits at nine over the last seven days, so um, it's not so great if you grabbed some Bud. Perhaps the song "Who Can It Be Now" should play whenever Norris or Cam Bedrosian take the mound. These two are like the original Odd Couple, only you can't forget Mike Scioscia. The steam coming out of his ears makes for fab-u-lous television, but if you're a fantasy owner, relax! Thanks to baseball's…