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Closer Changes In Milwaukee, St. Louis

Two closer situations came to a head this weekend - the Cardinals and Brewers.  Both Jason Isringhausen and Eric Gagne actually requested to be replaced, at least temporarily.  In fierce leagues you probably already missed out as backups were picked up a week ago or earlier.

The Cardinals' situation is clearer.  Ryan Franklin picked up the save Saturday night with a scoreless inning; he's the one to snag.  He was also the choice on May 6th when Izzy had gone two consecutive days.  With just eight strikeouts in 19 innings, Franklin is not your typical stopper.  This year, he's not even getting groundballs.  Kyle McClellan could get in the mix if Franklin fails.  Despite poor control, Ron Villone could get a few save opps if the ninth inning is lefty-heavy.

Coming into the season, David Riske was "second in line" in Milwaukee.  He had a rough April but has turned it around in recent weeks.  He's my top pick for saves.  Salomon Torres probably comes next; he closed as recently as last year and has a decent strikeout rate.  Guillermo Mota is not much of a factor for me; despite a strong K rate 11 walks in 16 innings is not going to work.  Brian Shouse and Mitch Stetter, the requisite lefty options, are both pitching well.  Stetter has superior numbers, though.




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