RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc blew his second save of the season after falling apart in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Reds, in which he allowed an inherited runner to score and walked three batters and earned a strikeout.
Leclerc was relieved with a man on, and Will Smith eventually allowed that runner to score the winning run. This is the second blown save in as many chances for Leclerc, and it remains to be seen what the hierarchy looks like right now. Leclerc may fall into a committee if Bruce Bochy feels like that is the best way to approach late-game situations. If you roster either Smith or Leclerc, monitor this situation closely.
Jose Leclerc allowed one unearned run and gave up a base hit and two walks over one and 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 8-5 win over the Royals.
Leclerc came in with the tying run on first, and he nearly allowed the go-ahead run before settling in. Leclerc still is yet to give up a run, and this was not entirely his fault as Will Smith allowed the tying run to get on base. However, it seems that the Rangers are moving forward with a bit of a committee with Leclerc leading the charge as opposed to him being a traditional closer. Still, Leclerc appears to be the favorite to receive the lion's share of save opportunities unless there are lefties due up in the ninth. Leclerc deserves to be rostered in leagues where saves are scarce. On the year, he has four strikeouts over four and 1/3 innings with a 1.15 WHIP and a save.
Jose Leclerc fired a clean ninth inning for his first save of the season in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Orioles.
Leclerc at this time appears locked into a closer committee with Will Smith. However, Leclerc being a righty may give him an advantage as Smith could be saved for a lefty-on-lefty matchup play. This is a situation that needs to be monitored closely, however, in leagues where saves are scarce, it may be wise to make sure he is rostered.
Jose Leclerc made one appearance for the Rangers in their Opening Day series against Philadelphia, and he pitched a scoreless ninth inning while striking out one and allowing one walk.
Leclerc is set to be the regular closer for Texas in 2023, and as of now it looks like the Rangers will be a true contender out of the AL West. This should allow for ample save opportunities for the 29-year-old veteran. Leclerc is looking like a great fantasy closer option for managers that were savvy enough to snatch him up on draft day.
Rangers closer Jose Leclerc will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic, according to Bruce Bochy per Dallas Morning News writer Evan Grant.
Leclerc has been dealing with neck tightness and Texas clearly doesn't want their talented relief pitcher to push it ahead of Opening Day. He is coming off a very solid, yet injury-plagued 2022 season with 10 K's per 9 and a 2.83 ERA in 47 1/3 innings. You should view Leclerc as a reliable mid-range closer in fantasy drafts later this month.