Sunday, March 30, 2008

Chad Cordero Injured: Fantasy Impact

Washington National's closer Chad Cordero missed his first potential save opportunity for the 2008 season because he was sore warming up. ESPN's Peter Gammons reported that Cordero has suffered from stiffness and a loss in velocity all spring and it looks like he has brought that into the regular season. There was no word on how much this will effect Cordero or how much time, if any, he will miss now that the season has started. We can infer that there must be something to the injury for Cordero not to try to effort through the injury, considering it was opening day, in a new ballpark, on a nationally televised game.

FANTASY IMPACT

Primary set-up man Jon Rauch got the call for the save Sunday night and despite the fact he promptly blew the save, he should be the closer going forward if Cordero gets shut down and misses a lot of time. Luis Ayala could also be inline for some saves if Rauch struggles or cannot get the job done on a consistent enough basis. Go out and grab Rauch immediately if he is available in your league, and keep an eye on Ayala to see how this situation works out.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Would you ALREADY get rid of Cordero to pick up Rauch? "The Chief" is not even on the DL yet! Unless your league allows UNLIMITED roster moves, I'd say that RIGHT NOW, it'd be a waste. Especially considering how shaky and unreliable Rauch is as a middle-reliever, let alone as closer...

Ben - FSE said...

No where in the post did we advise you to drop Cordero in favor of Rauch. We simply pointed out Cordero's injury and who will benefit from it in the short-term, namely Jon Rauch.

Phil said...

Some good points and maybe I should have been more clear. I never said to drop Cordero, I just said add Rauch for the short term. If Cordero winds up spending time on the DL you'll be able to hide him there for a few weeks at least. He has be diagnosed with tendinitis and that can be a tricky injury to deal with. As we said, there was plenty of evidence to suggest there might be something to this.

Rauch maybe shakey, but he is consistently one of the highest ranked Holds guys in the league and for any team. those are generally the guys who get first crack at closing.