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Fantasy baseball closer watch: Gregory Soto still the choice in Detroit

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Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch certainly didn't have to go back to erratic lefty Gregory Soto to close out Saturday's win over the Baltimore Orioles or Monday's win over the Tampa Bay Rays, but he did, and he was rewarded. Soto saved those games with little issue. Then again, one never knows what Soto will do from outing to outing, or even batter to batter. Soto can be wild. Really wild, with one of the highest walk rates among relief pitchers this season, last season and over the past four seasons. But he's getting saves and fantasy managers, as a result, have to deal with it.

Soto has big stuff, with a 98 mph fastball and wicked slider, and he misses bats with each of his offerings. He also misses the strike zone quite a bit with each, and we have seen some messy outings lately. The day before saving the win over the Orioles, Soto needed rescuing after issuing a ninth-inning walk and hitting two other batters. The one out he recorded came, not surprisingly, via strikeout. Right-hander Will Vest came to Soto's rescue to earn the save. It was reasonable to believe Vest might get the next chance. Nope.