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The Wheelhouse: 30 Teams, 30 Thoughts - June Edition

Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

As we move through the second half of June, it's time for another look around the league.

Detroit - Maybe Joaquin Benoit will go all Rafael Betancourt on us in his age-35 season and emerge as the Tigers' best option to close out games and finish the season as the primary ninth-inning option. Since 2010, Benoit has a 4.36 K/BB to support a 2.59 ERA and 0.972 WHIP. Home runs have been the biggest issue for him (27 allowed in 222.1 innings during that span), but Benoit's control is good enough to offset that damage over the long haul and his lack of unfavorable splits makes him the most skilled option of the team's current crop of relievers.

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