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Surprise – Astros Make Brett Myers Their Closer: A Fantasy Baseball Fan’s Take
It always struck me as very curious as to why a team who is expected to be very bad would take a starting pitcher capable of putting up 200 innings and make him a closer. In the Astros case, I can only imagine its frustration over not being able to unload that pitcher at the trade deadline last season.
The topsy-turvy Myers
After coming off back-to-back solid years for the Phillies, Myers was designated the team's closer in 2007. Despite saving 21 games in 24 chances, he never quite adjusted to the role posting a 5/4.33/83/1.28 line. His unraveling was ultimately the 27 BB he issued in 68.2 IP.
Brad Lidge assumed closing duties in 2008.
Myers was never quite the same for the Phillies battling a combination of ineffectiveness and injuries in '08 and '09 finishing those seasons with a combined record of 14-16.
However, Myers found himself in Houston's starting rotation. Completing the 2010 season with a 14/3.14/180/1.24 line, he pitched a robust 223.2 innings in 33 starts. While his 2011 was not impressive (7/4.46/160/1.31), Myers was at least a serviceable starting pitcher.
Brandon Lyon was a mess out of the pen last season (3/11.48/6/2.40/3; 13.1 IP in 15 G). Obviously the Astros believe Wilton Lopez is better suited as a set-up man. Last year's closer Mark Melancon was shipped to the Red Sox in the deal that sent Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland to Houston.
David Carpenter is most likely the closer of the future for the Astros but apparently Houston has decided that future isn't now.
All of which leaves Myers as the teams unlikely closer.
Frankly speaking, the Astros are going to be bad this season. They are in extreme rebuilding mode and it is difficult to believe they will do better than 62 wins this season. It's even more unlikely that Brett Myers will be part of this team come July 31. Houston will certianly be looking to move his salary. The odds of him going to another team that would utilize him as a stopper are grim.
If you are desperate for a potential closer, I suppose Myers is worth a late shot at capturing saves, however, there are too many factors working against him.
I will be avoiding him at all costs.
Robert Watkins is former investment professional and partner. A life-long baseball fan and twenty year fantasy veteran, he lives with his family in Glen Mills, Pa. Robert is a frequent contributor to Yahoo! Sports and News.
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