Monday, May 28, 2012

Play Smarter: Fantasy Baseball - Ernesto Frieri

Angels relief pitcher.  You don't need me to tell you that the closer position has been decimated this year - one more reminder why you should never pay for saves in fantasy baseball.  Another reason: the emergence of guys like Frieri.  Dude has pitched 11 innings for the Halo, giving up zero runs and striking out 23 batters while picking up 2 saves and 3 holds .

For the year, he has a 1.19 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 41Ks in 22.2 innings and a 3.42 K/BB ratio.  Only Jason Grilli has a better K/9 ratio among all RPs in baseball.

Insane that he is only owned in 31.5% of ESPN leagues as of May 28.  Though the Angels' closer situation may be unclear, Frieri is clearly the Angels' best reliever.  He'll either get 20+ saves or 20+ holds along with a steller ERA, WHIP and K/9 the rest of the way.

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