I promise my motivation to write this article has nothing to do with the fact that Sam Dyson is single handedly ruining my fantasy baseball season. Ok maybe a little , but monumental stuff up after monumental stuff up is hard to avoid. Besides Dyson entered the season as a fine closer option, converting 38 of his 43 save chances a season ago. WTF man.
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AFTER four game Sam Dyson stats read: 3.0 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 2K, 4.67 WHIP, 33.0 ERA, 0-2 W/L, 2 BS. For those of you who are baseball illiterate that’s really bad. Actually that’s disastrous. Of the 22 batters he has faced so far this season 11 have scored against him with three walks. Ouch. Dyson has basically lost three games for his team in a row after giving up game tying or winning runs at the end of the 9th inning. Heading into the last inning against Cleveland twice and the Los Angeles Angels the score for the Texans read: 5-5, 6-4, 5-2 respectively. The finals scores from those three games read: 5-8, 6-9, 5-6. For someone who gets payed to close baseball games for his team he isn’t exactly executing.
RANGERS manager Jeff Banister has already stated the obvious saying that “…we can’t keep losing games like this…” perhaps foreshadowing changes to the closer line-up. It is a familiar position for Banister who has seen his closers struggle to open the season in 2015 and 2016 as well. There are options too with both Matt Bush, who is famous for his off-field antics but recently seems poised to make good on a promising youth career, and Jeremy Jeffress, who the team acquired in a trade last season, viable options to replace Dyson. However Bush is battling a sore shoulder at the moment and Jeffress hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, giving up the game winning run in the 10th inning against LA on Tuesday.
THE Rangers however may still opt to start Dyson, as he clearly isn’t physically struggling. He managed to chalk up 0-2 against both Escobar and Trout on Tuesday night, but couldn’t get the final out as both batters scored. Dyson has managed to throw a 94+ MPH fastball as well, so if the Rangers opt to show faith in him and keep him in the role that might be the exact confidence boost he needs.
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OPPOSITION batters are hitting .579 against Dyson early on this year. To put that into perspective the league leader in the AL is hitting .455 and the NL leader .462. One thing is clear regardless of what the Rangers opt to do, things can’t stay the same and fantasy owners across the globe are praying that over the weekend the real Sam Dyson please stands up.
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