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Closer chaos continues

The chase for saves is alive and well in fantasy baseball. Lets start with the Astros as a change should be coming any minute now. Brandon Lyon has been atrocious and doesn't have the skills to be a stable closer. Lyon blew his fourth save of the season, relinquishing a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning to the Reds today. He didn't record and out and allowed four hits and three runs with a walk. A 7.15 ERA and 2.12 WHIP scream change.

The Astros don't have a clear cut option to replace him. Wilton Lopez was the setup man to begin the season and recently came off the DL. He pitched a scoreless sixth inning today. If I am going to speculate on anyone, it's Mark Melancon. He got the final out of the seventh inning today and is pitching well. He has a 7.04 K/9, a 3.52 BB/9 and is getting groundballs at a 64 percent rate, although it's a small sample size of just more than 15 innings. He has a 1.72 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Jeff Fulchino, who pitched a scorless eighth inning today, is also an option.

Jonathan Broxton has been shut down with elbow soreness. This isn't surprising after his erratic control last night as he walked two of the three batters he faced before being pulled. Vicente Padilla is the favorite for saves, but Hong Chih-Kuo should be the closer when healthy. Kuo just returned from a back injury and was awful in his first game back. He struck out two in a scoreless sixth inning today.



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