K-Rod Named Brewers New Closer

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Francisco Rodriguez has been collecting holds for the past 11 months, which provides little value in all non-holds fantasy leagues. The Brewers finally pulled the plug on John Axford after he blew his sixth save of the season on Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. Rodriguez is now the closer and it appears that Axford will begin collecting holds. In his first save opportunity on Tuesday night, K-Rod made things interesting against the Cardinals. He gave up a leadoff double to David Freese and a single to Yadier Molina, but he was able to work his way out of trouble and the Brewers escaped with a 3-2 victory. K-Rod has a 3.59 ERA and has thrown the ball much more effectively than last year. He needs to be owned in all formats.

Geoff Bloom

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