Early returns, closer conundrums, and baseball is back, but for how long?
Hello and welcome to the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast! Yahoo's Scott Pianowski and baseball writer Joe Sheehan from Sports Illustrated and Baseball America discuss the first (only?) week of the 2020 MLB Season, what the Miami Marlins situation could mean for the rest of baseball, what teams stand out early and whether the closer role is slowly going away for good.
Is it over before it began? With the Miami Marlins facing an outbreak of COVID-19 within their clubhouse and sitting on the sidelines until next Monday, Scott and Joe discuss where baseball went wrong and where MLB's risk tolerance to play a season lies. (01:23)
Craig Kimbrel's recent shakiness in the closer role and the widespread use of closers-by-committee makes us wonder, have we passed peak save? With starters pitching fewer innings, and shutdown relievers like Josh Hader going multiple innings, shapeless pitching staffs might be here to stay. (11:26)
Scott and Joe take a look at some teams that have jumped out to start the season, like the Braves, Twins and Dodgers. (25:20)
And we wrap up the show with a draft of our favorite baseball seasons of years past. (50:30)
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