Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:25:17 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RP Grant Balfour revealed that pitch-tipping may have been one of the reasons for his struggles this season. He has made recent adjustments to his delivery to correct the problem. "I'm not saying I pitched the best but it doesn't help when someone knows what's coming," Balfour said. "It could be an issue. It's definitely cleaned up, so we'll find out." In his first appearance of the second half, Balfour tossed a perfect inning against the Minnesota Twins Friday, July 18.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:19:13 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RP Grant Balfour pitched his best outing of the season Thursday, June 19, according to manager Joe Madden. Madden said Balfour could return to the closer role organically, but it will not be orchestrated.
Fantasy Tip: The Rays have a lot invested in Balfour, so his strong outing is encouraging for him getting more save opportunities. Jake McGee and Juan Oviedo have recorded the team's last two saves and are worth roster spots if you are chasing saves.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:28:31 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RP Grant Balfour threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the save Wednesday, June 11.
Fantasy Tip: This was a good sign for him and could have restored the confidence in the team to keep him in save situations.
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:01:03 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Tampa Bay Rays don't have a set closer, according to manager Joe Maddon. He will reach to game situations, meaning anyone, including deposed closer Grant Balfour, could be called upon.
Fantasy Tip: Balfour is expected to regain the job if he does well in the coming weeks. He should be retained in most leagues. For now, it's an annoying cluster likely led by Joel Peralta and Jake McGee.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:02:41 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he expects RP Grant Balfour to see more save chances later this season. Balfour is 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA in 24 games this year, and he has nine saves in 11 chances. He has walked 20 in 23 2/3 innings.
Fantasy Tip: Balfour probably shouldn't be outright dropped in deep mixed leagues and AL-only leagues just yet. Maddon will allow for bullpen competition in case an option sticks out for the ninth in the near future. Based on Maddon's statements, it looks like he'll consider handing the role back to Balfour eventually.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 08:59:43 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon changed his tune Monday, June 9, and said the team will now go with a closer-by-committee. RP Grant Balfour and the rest of the relievers will be involved.
Fantasy Tip: Joel Peralta and Jake McGee are the main candidates to receive opportunities to close out games now, but Brad Boxberger, Cesar Ramos and Juan Oviedo might see a chance or two, as well. Peralta should be your first target if you're still searching for saves, then McGee.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:02:41 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said RP Grant Balfour is his closer for now after Balfour allowed five runs in the ninth inning Sunday, June 8.
Fantasy Tip: Jake McGee and Juan Oviedo could get a shot in the near future, and save speculators should take notice.
Fri, 23 May 2014 06:21:53 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays CL Grant Balfour blew his second save of the season Thursday, May 22.
Fantasy Tip: Start picking up Joel Peralta on waivers in deep mixed, AL-only leagues or if you own Balfour. Balfour is simply not getting it done and has walked nine batters and allowed seven hits in eight innings this month.
Sat, 17 May 2014 07:42:26 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon confirmed that RP Grant Balfour will remain the team's closer moving forward.
Fantasy Tip: Balfour followed a rough outing Thursday with a solid outing Friday, collecting the save. Keep using him as you normally would, but this is something to watch moving forward.
Fri, 16 May 2014 07:28:33 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays CL Grant Balfour allowed two walks and a hit upon entering the game Thursday, May 15. All three of his runners scored without recording an out as he was pulled from the save chance.
Fantasy Tip: His ERA ballooned from 4.70 to 6.46. He has been pretty ineffective with 11 hits and 14 walks allowed in 15 1/3 innings. He has only blown one save, but it's hard to imagine him having much rope to blow many more with stats like those.