Old timer Eddie Guardado is the new closer for the Texas Rangers as C.J. Wilson has been placed on the disabled list with bone spurs in his elbow.
Guardado, who has been the Rangers’ most consistent set-up man this season, takes over a role that he is quite familiar with. The 37-year-old Guardado has 186 career saves, but has not been a regular closer since the 2005 season when he recorded 36 saves with the Mariners.
The right-hander, a native of Stockton, California, has already appeared in 50 games this season and has notched three saves. His WHIP is impressive, just below 1.00.
“Every day Eddie” doesn’t have the velocity he once had as his fastball tops out at about 87 MPH, slowest on the Rangers’ staff, but his location is excellent. He pounds the low and outside area of the strike zone and makes hitters beat him. So far this season, not a lot have. Guardado has not allowed a run in 22 of the past 24 games.
Fantasy Baseball Dugout Tip: Guardado is experienced in the closer’s role and he will not be intimidated by it. While the Rangers are unlikely to contend with the best team in baseball, the Angels, they are still within striking distance of a wild card slot. Guardado will get his chances to add to his lifetimes saves totals and should easily get over 200 by the end of the year if Wilson is not able to overcome his injury. His WHIP is impressive. FBD looks to add Guardado to the roster and start him in most weeks when the Rangers will be favored over their opponents. Guardado is certainly a better choice than any of the Mets’ relief pitchers.