Laean wrote:when will benitez return? what are walker's chances of keeping the closer role near the end of the regular season?
i play in a h2h league and i'm certain i will make the playoffs anyway, so i don't want to pick up walker unless i know he's going to be closing even in the h2h playoffs.
i highly doubt that benitez will return this year. i say this for a number of reasons: his injury is very serious, and the surgery required for repairing it increases the time he is out by a fair margin. also, if the giants are pretty much out of the race come the time when it would be even remotely possible for benitez to return, as it seems like it will be at this point, i doubt that the giants will rush him back and risk another injury in a season that doesnt matter at that point.
as for walker being closer come h2h playoffs... first off, ive never played h2h so i dont really know when playoffs are
but i assume that they come at the end of the season, and i doubt that the walker will still be closing for the giants by then. i think that 1 of 3 things will happen. the first is that the giants trade for a guy like julio and walker wont be closing anymore, and that will happen if it appears that the giants can stay in the race this year. the second is that the giants are pretty much out of the race later in the year, and i believe that the giants may bring up one of their multiple pitching prospects and begin cultivating them for the future, since most will be ready for the majors by that point. and the third is that walker holds onto the job the whole year, but i doubt that happens, and come h2h playoffs, if he is still closing, i doubt the giants will be winning a ton, thus cutting into his save ops.