Needless to say things have not been going well late in games for the Oakland A’s, something that has been driving fantasy owners nuts the past couple weeks.
With that being said, former closer Jim Johnson, who lost his job early in the season, needs to be restored as the A’s closer as soon as possible.
If Johnson has already been dropped in your leagues, I recommend grabbing him now and stashing him for a few days until Oakland manager Bob Melvin officially gives Johnson the job back.
The signs are encouraging.
While the A’s have entered the ninth inning with a lead to protect each of the last two nights, the A’s left the ninth inning without the lead on both occasions.
Meanwhile, Johnson has pitched five scoreless innings with five strikeouts since losing the job. Even more impressive Johnson only walked one batter since losing the closers gig, versus six walks in his first 3.1 innings to start the year.
Given the struggles of the rest of the Oakland bullpen, chances are pretty good he will re-gain the closer role at some point.
I would bet on that happening sooner rather than later.
With that being said, if you are in need of saves, Johnson is a guy I would target as his recent outings suggest he may have figured things out.