By Blake Chadwick
So your AJ Hinch and you take a look at the NL West standings and realize your team is 12 games under .500 and already 11 1/2 games back in the division race in mid June. What’s the main problem? As usual with teams struggling, it’s the bullpen. In this case, a bunch of nobodies in the form of Daniel Stange, Blaine Boyer, Juan Gutierrez, Esmerling Vasquez, and my personal favorite former Mets prospect bust Aaron Heilman. To make matters worse, the closer is Chad Qualls who has a measly 75% conversion rate and is 12 for 16 in save opportunities. So as this team blows saves almost as often as Pujols homers, they need to make some changes. Unfortunately for this club, Heilman might be their best bet. A converted starter while in the Mets organization, Heilman tortured Mets fans for 6 seasons and never living up to his expectations as a 1st round pick. He was 22-33 with 9 saves and an ERA close to 4.
In 2010, I guess it’s safe to say he’s the “crown jewel” of the D-Backs bullpen. He’s 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA, a WHIP of 1.26 and 6 holds. Flashy numbers I know. He also leads the team in appearances. Now with Chad Qualls having an ERA hovering at close to 8.5, I think it’s safe to say a change is imminent. So as a fantasy player, knowing a closer is about to become available, do you jump at the chance? Do you rush to the waiver wire for AARON HEILMAN?! Well you can’t blame AJ Hinch for giving it a shot as his team needs stability and Heilman has been the most consistent arm he’s had. So it looks as if for the forseeable future, the 9th inning will belong to Mr. Heilman. Some people might follow Hinch’s lead and give him a shot, but don’t but see surprised if he comes back to bite like a snake in the grass.