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Brandon Workman struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 inning Sunday in Grapefruit League play as the Red Sox defeated the Braves by a 4-2 score.
Workman has been named the closer by Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke to open the season. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 2.01 ERA with 13 saves (two blown) during the second half of last season. Workman should be drafted in all fantasy leagues that have the save category.
Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke says Brandon Workman will be the team's closer to begin the 2020 season.
"I think with what he did last year, he deserves that shot to be the closer," were his exact words. The 31-year-old pitched great last year, posting a 1.88 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. He isn't considered an elite fantasy option due to his limited track record but Workman could easily wind up with 30+ saves this year.
Manager Alex Cora said he'll try to stay away from high-leverage relievers, including Brandon Workman, after the current series with Tampa Bay ends Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Workman has taken over the closer role for the Red Sox in the second half of the season. Fantasy owners in their last week of the playoffs may want to find another option for saves if they own Workman.
Brandon Workman recorded his 15th save despite giving up a run in the ninth Thursday against the Giants.
Workman gave up two hits and two walks in the ninth but was able to strike out three batters. The veteran reliever is 9-1 on the season and is 15-for-21 in save chances with a 1.98 ERA and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Brandon Workman threw a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Phillies, striking out two and walking one to record his 13th save of the season.
Workman has solidified the closer role for the remainder of the season for the Red Sox. The veteran reliever now has 13 saves on the year with a 2.07 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 65 1/3 total innings for the year.