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Marlins reliever Anthony Bass blew his second save in as many chances on Thursday, allowing two earned runs on three hits and a walk while also taking the loss against the New York Mets.
Bass blew Thursday's save in spectacular fashion, allowing a home run to Jeff McNeil, loading the bases, and then hitting Michael Conforto on an extremely controversial pitch that was actually almost ruled a strike. Instead of getting out of the way, Conforto actually leaned his elbow into a pitch that was out over the plate, and the home plate umpire ruled a hit-by-pitch after initially beginning to signal a strike. Through three appearances, Bass has now allowed six earned runs over 3 1/3 innings while blowing both of his save opportunities. At this point, it would not be surprising to see Yimi Garcia see the next save opportunity for the Marlins.
Marlins reliever Anthony Bass blew his first save opportunity of the 2021 season on Friday, allowing four earned runs on four hits while striking out one against the Rays. He also took the loss.
Bass entered the game with a 4-2 lead but promptly allowed two hits and then a three-run home run to Joey Wendle. Bass is the presumed closer in Miami to start the season, but it would not be surprising to see Yimi Garcia or Dylan Floro receive opportunities if Bass struggles.
Anthony Bass, who recently signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Marlins, was brought up "often in discussing the closer role" by Marlins manager Don Mattingly, per Craig Mish of SportsGrid.
Mish stated that Mattingly, after talking up Bass, "then went to Yimi Garcia. Mentioned late(r) options of Dylan Floro & Richard Bleier." It's looking like Bass is the odds on favorite to open the year as the Marlins' closer. He posted a 3.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 21:9 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings while recording three saves and seven holds for the Jays in 2020.
Anthony Bass is shaping up to be "the very likely closer" for the Marlins in 2021, according Craig Mish of the Miami Herald.
Bass signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Marlins back in January coming off a solid 2020 campaign with the Blue Jays. He posted a 3.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 21:9 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings while recording three saves and seven holds for the Jays. Former Marlins closer Brandon Kintzler just signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies so this opens the door for Bass to close out games for the Fish. Yimi Garcia could also be in line for saves this upcoming season as well.
The Marlins have signed RHP Anthony Bass to a two-year contract with a club option for 2023.
The 33-year-old saved seven games for the Blue Jays last season. He could enter the closer mix for the Marlins, but we expect Miami to bring in additional bullpen help. Still, Bass would be on the fantasy radar if he has a shot at ninth-inning duties.