Week 11 Closer Review
Clean Week Closers — Players who have little-to-nothing to discuss role wise, as well as got their team’s save Opportunities this week and converted flawlessly.
Hector Neris (Philadelphia Phillies), Edwin Diaz (New York Mets), Raisel Iglesias (Cincinnati Reds), Jordan Hicks (St. Louis Cardinals), Josh Hader (Milwaukee Brewers), Kirby Yates (San Diego Padres), Will Smith (San Francisco Giants), Kenley Jansen (Los Angeles Dodgers), Brad Hand (Cleveland Indians), Shane Greene (Detroit Tigers), Ian Kennedy (Kansas City Royals), Alex Colome (Chicago White Sox), Hector Robles (Los Angeles Angels), Ken Giles (Toronto Blue Jays)
Teams / Closers With No Opportunity this Week
Sergio Romo (Miami Marlins), Felipe Vazquez (Pittsburgh Pirates), Greg Holland (Arizona Diamondbacks), Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays
**: Not much to discuss here, just feel a bit awkward writing an article like this and not mentioning either the complex Rays and Mariners situations. Rays seem to be a true committee situation. So long as they’re healthy, Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo stand the best chance followed by Pagan. And all seem capable. The Mariners, unlike the Rays, have had a problem finding anyone who can stand the test of the 9th inning. Right now, Anthony Bass seems the favorite between his performance and usage so far this season, but it’s up in the air. After Bass, Roenis Elias seems the next likely candidate, but he has struggled as of late.
Clear Closers who “Struggled” — “Struggled” taken loosely. Simply the closer fails to live up to the criteria of the former category. Specifically, the world “Flawlessly.” But they are the clear closers with little to discuss.
Sean Doolittle (Washington Nationals), Luke Jackson (Atlanta Braves), Blake Treinen (Oakland Athletics), Roberto Osuna (Houston Astros), Shawn Kelley (Texas Rangers), Aroldis Chapman (New York Yankees)
STRUGGLE NOTES: Luke Jackson is so hard to get a feed on. He once again blew a save. I wouldn’t be surprised if he lead the entire league in the BS category. But he also hasn’t been bad at all, and almost every single game he blew was a 1 Run game. Jackson has a 3.09 ERA and both his FIP and XFIP are better than his ERA. Jackson also has a very high K/9. I think he can hold down the job and a lot of these 1 R games are just the unfortunate situation of being in a lot of 1 R save opportunities. But as he has more and more BS’s, it is hard to keep the faith. The only other notable on this list is Shawn Kelley, simply because Leclerc could usurp the role. But after a great May (2.13 ERA) Leclerc has regressed to his April horror. He has a 6+ ERA in June and has allowed at least 1 ER in three straight appearances. Until he gets his full grove back, it’s Shawn Kelley’s world.
Jobs to Discuss, Week 6/4-6/10
Chicago Cubs & Colorado Rockies: An odd pairing to be sure, but the point is that I don’t feel either needs to be discussed much. Shoutout to my Steve Cishek love in the preseason, glad he got me 6 Saves, but as I coined him last week Mr. Steal Yo Job came for the Cubs. Craig Kimbrel will undeniably be the closer in Chicago. And while Scott Oberg in Colorado had a good week, there’s no chance he’s usurping a healthy Wade Davis. So now healthy, Wade Davis is the clear closer to own in Colorado.
Minnesota Twins: This is also, similar to the above, a short conversation. But less direct than the two situations above. I love Taylor Rogers– but not necessarily as a consistent “Saves” option next to a traditional closer. And Blake Parker has been solid this year as well. Those are the two guys to own. In a SV+HLD, I’d love to own Taylor Rogers. In most SVs leagues, I think both work pretty well. But neither is as much a closer as Wade Davis or Craig Kimbrel above.
Boston Red Sox: This week felt like the most consistent week in the Boston Red Sox last two months in using the closer role– and Matt Barnes didn’t have a good innings in the week. He had a Save where he surrendered a run, and a blown save, just to frustrate us. His recent usage combined with his skills throughout the year this year makes me confident he can be “the guy” or at least the closest thing we’ll get to “the guy” in Boston. But this was clearly a frustrating week. Waldman I still think can get some saves, but Brasier I’ve completely lost faith in. And that’s coming from an owner who owns one of the trio in any league: Brasier.
Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio Show: Join host Brian Roach, Jr, and Cole Freel live on Sunday June 2nd, 2019 from 8pm-9:30pm EST for episode #164 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. You can listen live on blogtalk, majorleaguefantasysports.com, or download the podcast on I-Tunes or any Android podcast app. We will discuss spot starters for the coming week, plus a weekend update, and look ahead to next week.
Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio Show: Join host Brian Roach, Jr, and Cole Freel live on Sunday June 9th, 2019 from 8pm-9:30pm EST for episode #165 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. You can listen live on blogtalk, majorleaguefantasysports.com, or download the podcast on I-Tunes or any Android podcast app. Tonight we will discuss the 2019 MLB draft along with our normal spot starters for the coming week, plus a weekend update, and look ahead to next week.
Our guest this week is Bryan Luhrs. Bryan is a writer with majorleaguefantasysports.com and is also the owner of Real Deal Dynasty Sports. He will be bringing some great analysis on the 2019 MLB draft tonight.